Vancouver, BC – Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) extends its congratulations to Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic) on their recent funding award. These effective institutions have brought over $35-million to our province in new research infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Innovation Fund.
Of note to British Columbia’s genomics community, Dr. Steven Jones, Head of Bioinformatics and Associate Director at the BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC), and Professor, Medical Genetics, UBC and his team are part of a $23.3-million tri-institutional award for increased genomics capacity and equipment. This infrastructure will allow the three institutions to attain the capacity to sequence over 20,000 human genomes a year. The implications of this will go beyond the life sciences community in BC and Canada to make a substantial global impact.
Genome BC and Genome Canada have been making foundational investments into the GSC for well over a decade, with the sequencing facility being a funded node of Genome Canada’s Genomics Innovation Network (GIN) program. Led by Dr. Marco Marra the GSC is an internationally acclaimed technology cluster that encompasses DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and technology development.
“The federal investment in a BC-led genomics centre will have a significant ripple effect through our community as increased capacity for the GSC and the ability to harness genomics resources across the country will impact health outcomes,” says Dr. Alan Winter, President & CEO of Genome BC.
About Genome British Columbia:
Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $710M in 254 research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada. Genome BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada and more than 300 international public and private co-funding partners. www.genomebc.ca