Organization: Univ of British Columbia

Research infrastructure funds flow first in BC

British Columbia universities and colleges are the first in the country to be funded under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) with $455.1 million going to 29 projects. The first round of projects received $202.3 million from KIP, $231.1 million from the BC government and $21.7 million from other sources. The largest project is at the…

Boeing hires BC interns to conduct visual analytics

The federal government, Province of British Columbia and Boeing Canada Operations Ltd are providing $1.5 million over four years to support 100 graduate student internships who will utilize the emerging multi-disciplinary field of visual analytics to help improve aircraft efficiency and reliability. Funded through the MITACS-administered ACCELERATE BC, the students from the Univ of British…

Green IT MOU signed by UBC, Prompt & UC San Diego

The Univ of British Columbia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Univ of California – San Diego and the Quebec-based non-profit, Prompt Inc, to improve the energy efficiency of information technology and reduce its carbon footprint. The institutions will share best practices, work with national funding bodies and generate data on greenhouse gas…

York Univ joins TRIUMF as associate member

York Univ is the latest post-secondary institution to join TRIUMF as an associate member. The membership will give York-based researchers access to large-scale research facilities and expertise in the physical and life sciences. In addition to nuclear physics, TRIUMF’s science program includes particle physics, molecular and materials science and nuclear medicine. The facility is owned…

Genome researchers tackle mountain pine beetle

Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta are providing $4 million for an initial two-year study into the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pine trees. Led by Dr Joerg Bohlmann (Univ of British Columbia) and Dr Janice Cooke (Univ of Alberta), the project is expected to expand after the first phase with…

Aquinox completes US$14.5 million financing

Vancouver-based Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc has completed a US$14.5-million series ‘A’ financing to further develop targeted small molecules therapeutics based on its proprietary SH2-containing inosital phosphatase biochemical enzyme. The enzyme regulates the PI3K pathway for regulating cell growth and survival and immune cell regulation. Aquinox is a spin-off from the Univ of British Columbia and BC…

Dolby Labs buys BrightSide Technologies

Vancouver’s BrightSide Technologies Inc (formerly Sunnybrook Technologies) is being acquired by Dolby Laboratories Inc, San Francisco, for US$28 million in cash. The company will remain in Vancouver as part of Dolby Canada. The Univ of British Columbia spin-off is a private, development-stage company focused on high dynamic range imaging technology that dramatically improves the contrast…

Genome BC’s CSO receives $1.1M in research funding

Dr Don Riddle has received $1.1 million from two granting agencies to further his research on aging. Riddle, Genome BC‘s chief scientific officer, was awarded $905,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the development of c.elegans, a free-living nematode. He also received $213,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to…

CFI announces first awards under LOF program

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced the recipients of its first competition under the Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), which replaced the New Opportunities and Career Awards funds. Designed to attract and retain top-flight researchers, the competition awarded $19.7 million to 145 investigators at 35 institutions. A further $3.9 million was awarded under the affiliated…

FPTT signs on as Flintbox channel partner

Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) has signed on as a channel partner to Flintbox, a national network for licensing and reporting on early-stage research. Launched in 2003 as a spin-off from the Univ of British Columbia (UBC), the online application has focused primarily on universities, providing training and learning materials for institutions that sign…