Welcome to the first issue of Genome BC’s e-newsletter The Short Read. Like the scientific homonym, this short read is designed to provide higher coverage in a smaller chunk. We want to keep you engaged and as you read this first issue, we want to hear from you. Do you like the new format? Are there topics you would like to see discussed? Please let us know.
Based on feedback from our readers we are moving to this platform to offer timelier and more relevant news. Since its inception, Genome BC has found the balance between continuity and change in order to improve and adapt to evolving circumstances. In our role as a research funding organization we need to be stable and predictable and as the catalyst and promoter of British Columbia’s genomics research cluster and ecosystem, we have to be entrepreneurial, nimble and adaptive. The Short Read allows us a unique opportunity to communicate with our community about important things like funding competitions and keep our readers abreast of relevant news and events.
As the recently appointed President & CEO at Genome BC, I am trying to take a similar approach by making sure that we execute on our well defined five-year strategic plan. While we are doing this we are always looking for areas where we can improve, adjust to a constantly changing environment and match the rapid pace of genomics – one of the most disruptive and rapidly evolving fields in science and technology. I also want to make sure that any adjustments made are done so after thoughtful consideration and in coordination with our partners and stakeholders.
Communication is at the heart of such coordination. And, following the longstanding practice of comprehensive and engaging communication at Genome BC, we will use all our tools to connect with members of our ecosystem, including our latest addition, The Short Read. Please enjoy the first issue and the many to come in the future.
Pascal Spothelfer, President & CEO