Fanshawe College opens new advanced research centre in biotechnology

Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, opened its new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB) on Friday, Oct. 12. The centre comprises more than 13,000 square feet of teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics, as well as an incubator and industry research space with access to a cell culturing facility. Student and faculty research teams will be able to collaborate with local biotechnology partners in the agri-food industry. The centre was built with federal funding of $4 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, a $2 billion fund from Budget 2016 that aimed to “enhance and modernize research and commercialization facilities” at colleges and universities across the country. The Government of Ontario contributed $2.2 million for the centre, while Fanshawe provided the remaining $2.8 million for the cost of the project.