NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Victoria has netted C$663,000 (US$653,000) in new funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to buy two mass spectrometers for its proteomics facility, which provides resources for use by the regional research community.
The funding to the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre primarily will be used to buy a Thermo Scientific LTQ Orbitrap Velos and an Agilent 6490 Triple Quadrupole system, a University of Victoria official told GenomeWeb Daily News via e-mail. Some of the funds also will be spent on hiring a mass spectrometry technician, making upgrades to the lab to accommodate the new equipment, and for a new data storage server.
The center, which provides protein analytical services to academic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and government labs, is located at UVic's Vancouver Island Technology Park in Victoria. It is a non-profit facility that operates on a fee-for-service, cost-recovery finance model.
Howard Brunt, UVic's VP of Research, said in a statement that the Proteomics Centre "now has the highest concentration of mass spectrometers at any Canadian university and one of the highest in North America, making it one of the most advanced centers in the world."