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New Canada-Singapore Research Collaboration Targets Bioinformatics

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OTTAWA--Last month the National Research Council of Canada here and the Singapore National Science and Technology Board signed an agreement to collaborate on developing strong research and development ties between the two countries and strengthening their commercial, investment, and technology links. Among the areas specifically covered by the partnership is bioinformatics.

The collaboration will include sharing scientific and technical information, visits and exchanges of scientific and technical personnel, and cooperative research projects. It will be focused on commercializing research outcomes. Each national organization will contribute $1 million to a joint research and development fund over a two-year period, with individual research projects jointly funded for as much as $200,000 per year for two years.

Among the areas of cooperation covered by the agreement in addition to bioinformatics are environmental technologies, semiconductor technology, marine biosciences, plant biotechnology, and several others. Research undertaken through the agreement will be directed by a steering committee composed of executives from both organizations.

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