Author: Mark Henderson

Quebec to train healthcare professionals in genomics with help from UK

Genome Quebec and the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care (QNPHC) have forged an agreement with Health Education England to obtain translation and distributions rights to the UK’s internationally renowned training and education programs in genomics and precision medicine. The two Quebec organizations are collaborating to adapt and integrate the introductory genomics training program into continuing…

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Jennifer Archibald and Alun Rees

Two senior executives have recently joined the management team of Qu Biologics, a bio pharmaceutical firm based in Vancouver, BC. Jennifer Archibald is the new chief financial officer (CFO) while Alun Rees is the new VP for manufacturing. Archibald, a chartered professional accountant has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, most recently as…

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OCE funding supports AI-enabled drone for Ontario highways

A group of industry players working with Univ of Toronto has received funding to develop a drone system enabled with artificial intelligence to help in traffic management on Ontario’s highways. The group, which includes The Sky Guys, NVIDIA Corp and IBM, received $750,000 over two years through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Working with…

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CFI Innovation Fund supports 117 infrastructure projects

More than $554 million in federal funding has been allocated to 117 new infrastructure projects at several universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. The money comes from the Innovation Fund of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide researchers and students with tools to help them facilitate their research. About $423 million of…

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Let’s stop talking about innovation and start talking about what really matters

Following some 30 years of investigating “innovation” as a social and economic phenomenon, it is time for me to admit that I am getting fed up with this term. In the conversation about public policy for science, technology, industry, higher education or what have you, I fear that it is now far adrift in a sea of mythology that has lost all touch with reality.

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Canada, US agree to share food safety information, collaborate on research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) to share food safety information and collaborate on research projects.  Signed at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition campus in College Park, Maryland, the MOU seeks to expedite the sharing of information on…

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PEARL climate change facility receives a $1.6-million, one-year lifeline

After extensive lobbying from the scientific community, an Arctic climate change research facility has received $1.6 million in federal funding, just enough to maintain operations for one year after its funds expire in 2018. Science minister Kirsty Duncan and Environment minister Catherine McKenna on November 8 announced the stop-gap funding for the Polar Environment Atmospheric…

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Liette Vasseur

A Brock Univ professor has been named president of Canada’s sectoral commission that works with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Biologist Liette Vasseur will work with a team of 11 scientists and academics in the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s (CCUNESCO) Sectoral Commission on Natural, Social, and Human Sciences to promote and…

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