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Canada Grants C$600K for Genomics in Saskatchewan

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Canadian government today announced it has awarded C$600,000 (US$471,102) to Genome Prairie through the Western Diversification Program to advance genomics in Saskatchewan.

The funds will be used to spur companies and organizations to adopt genomic technologies. Genome Prairie said in a statement it will develop partnerships to benefit the mining, energy, and agriculture sectors.

"With this support from the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada, we can proactively engage with new and established companies to demonstrate tangible economic benefits that improve the quality of life for all Canadians," Genome Prairie CEO Reno Pontarollo said in a statement.

Last week, Canada provided C$1.1 million to the University of Lethbridge in Alberta to support a synthetic biology maker space.

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