Bioengineering and biomanufacturing are new ways of making products that we need and use every day, but they are built on old principles. I would like to illustrate how biomanufacturing works by using a couple of examples, and I am going to use medicines and soap because those are two things we really need during this pandemic. When we think about…
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Former LSI Director Dr. Pieter Cullis and University of Toronto’s Shana Kelly published today an Op-Ed in the Hill Times calling for growing the biotech industry to accelerate growth of  knowledge-based economy, and to promote economic prosperity. “The COVID- 19 pandemic has exposed the fact that Canada lacks biopharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing capacity,” write the co-authors. “At the same time,…
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to launch a special $2.25 million funding opportunity to support activities that promote vaccine confidence in Canada. The agencies expect these activities will improve public understanding of vaccines and help Canadians to make evidence-based decisions, especially…
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During times of crisis and socio-economic disruption, researchers provide key knowledge that can pave the way for a more promising future for Canadians. Their research can offer clear and diverse insights to help Canada navigate complex social, economic, public health and political challenges. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that the Government of Canada has…
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Once again this year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to remind the community of an important funding opportunity for Canadian researchers interested in ambitious, international projects in the life sciences. Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches…
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Following the federal government’s investment of $40M to create 5,000 new internships, Mitacs is pleased to report that all of the work-integrated learning opportunities stipulated in the agreement have been generated. The purpose of the additional internships created midway through the federal budget cycle was to help post-secondary students and businesses across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new internships are…
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to provide preliminary information on an upcoming launch of a special $2.25 million funding opportunity to support activities that promote vaccine confidence in Canada. The agencies expect these activities will improve public understanding of vaccines and help…
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As the Government of Canada continues to fight COVID-19, it also remains committed to supporting science and research more generally across disciplines. By making investments in innovative research and collaborations now, the government is helping to support the discoveries and new applications that will benefit Canadians in the future. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry,…
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As BC’s health research funding agency, MSFHR designs programs that are addressing BC health priorities while developing the talented people who make up BC’s health research community, creating jobs and adding to the knowledge economy. Our awards contribute to advancing research-based evidence into action for the benefit of all British Columbians. The COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced the importance of…
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit British Columbia at the beginning of 2020, its effect on BC’s health research system and workforce was undeniable. The pandemic has been a watershed moment for science, upending universities, altering scholarly communication, and raising questions about the long-term impacts on research funding and priorities.[1] It has also highlighted the critical role of health research in…
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