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Genome Canada Funds Science Translation Training Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and other partners have awarded C$1.1 million ($1.1 million) to researchers at Université Laval for a pilot project that will provide training for genomics researchers who seek to develop their discoveries into marketable applications.

The Boosting Entrepreneurial Skills and Training (BEST) in Genomics! project was selected for funding by Genome Canada under its Entrepreneurship Education in Genomics (EEG) Competition, which aims to support training for Canadian genomics researchers in how to maximize the value of their research and move their innovations into new products, technologies, systems, or processes.

Associate Professor Denis Garand of Laval's Department of Management will use the award to bring together 12 professors from Québec universities and industrial partners to provide education, training, and translational support activities for around 30 genomics and biotechnology research scientists.

Genome Canada provided 50 percent of the BEST in Genomics! project funding, with 25 percent coming from Génome Québec and another 25 percent from other sources, the university said.

"We want to help the researchers we select turn their ideas into innovations and commercial successes by giving them customized entrepreneurship training, right in their workplaces and at their own pace (four levels) through the digital teaching environment offered by Université Laval," Garand said in a statement.

"In three years, we will be ready to submit proposals to Genome Canada; this will eventually lead to the better commercialization of research results, patents, and discoveries," he added.