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Canadian Genomic Data-Sharing Program Lands C$3.3M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genome Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research today announced a C$3.3 million (US$2.4 million) investment in Can-Share, a genomic data-sharing program.

The program is a consortium seeking to create policies and tools for Canadian clinicians and researchers to share data with each other and with partners worldwide. It is led by McGill University's Bartha Maria Knoppers, The Hospital for Sick Children's Michael Brudno, and the University of British Columbia's Jan Friedman.

The investment comes from several additional sources, including Génome Québec, Genome British Columbia, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. In addition, TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications firm, and Genome British Columbia said they would also support Can-Share pilot projects.

"Through this new investment in Can-Share, our world-class researchers will be taking a leadership role in enhancing and facilitating collaboration and data sharing with the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of Canadians and people worldwide," Canada's Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan said in a statement.

Can-Share said in a statement that it is committed to furthering the objectives of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.