March 26, 2013
Vancouver, BC – Genome British Columbia is pleased that the Government of Canada has committed $165 million in multi-year support for genomics research through Genome Canada, including new large-scale research competitions and participation by Canadian researchers in national and international partnership initiatives. The federal budget makes it clear that Genome Canada is part of the Science and Innovation system that will continue to implement excellent programs in genomics in partnership with Canada’s regional Genome Centres. This investment illustrates that genomics continues to be a priority for Canada’s ongoing success in today’s knowledge-based economy.
“We congratulate Genome Canada on this investment,” said Dr. Alan Winter, President and CEO, Genome BC. “Genome BC has a successful track record of securing funds through Genome Canada to further build upon our research portfolio – including significant success in securing international partners for collaborative research.”
Ongoing investments in Genome Canada and Genome BC are crucial to our research teams to remain at the forefront of research in strategic areas locally in BC, nationally and internationally as these investments are leveraged by provincial and private sector funding. Importantly the provincial government of BC has contributed $85 M towards our 2010-2015 business plan of $340 M to help fulfill the promise of genomics.