How to Grow Canada’s Biotech Sector

Canada must invest adequately in the commercialization and talent development for the biotech sector or we may lose our best and brightest to other countries. The right policies for data collection, the commercialization of new drugs and taxes will help make Canada’s hosting conditions ideal for biotech companies. Canada needs more entrepreneurs in the biotech sector to not only innovate…
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An avid movie enthusiast, Dr. Shoeib Moradi (he/him) is studying bacterial protein secretion apparatus, the type-III secretion system (T3SS) of pathogenic bacteria at the atomic level. By structural elucidation of proteins that contribute to the formation of T3SS, he hopes to fully understand how bacterial virulence proteins are released into the cytoplasm of human host cells in order to help…
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CFI Grants John R. Evans Leaders Fund to SBME Professors

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is set to invest over $64 million in research infrastructure funding towards universities across the country to spark discoveries that will drive our world forward. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced this contribution through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to help institutions competitively recruit and retain outstanding researchers by helping acquire…
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SOLVE FSHD, a venture-philanthropy organization catalyzing the pace of innovation to accelerate a cure for FSHD, announced today an investment of US$3 million in Altay Therapeutics; a company focused on developing lifesaving therapies by targeting disease-causing transcription factors. This investment will support Altay Therapeutics’ unique approach to finding an inhibitor of DUX4, a key transcription factor implicated in FSHD, that…
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Life Sciences British Columbia (LSBC) announced Ali Ardakani was elected Chair of the Board of Directors. Ardakani succeeds Scott Phillips, Founder and CEO of StarFish Medical, who served as Chair of the LSBC Board for the past three years. “I feel privileged to take on this role at such a pivotal time for the British Columbia Life Sciences sector. We…
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The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has awarded over $20 million for 78 research projects being led by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) supports the development of research infrastructure, like labs and equipment. The BCKDF helps B.C.’s institutions attract researchers, skilled technicians, and research users. This research infrastructure funding will foster innovation, help…
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For the past century, insulin injections have saved millions of lives, but glycemic instability is still a persistent challenge for people with diabetes, leading to tremendous morbidity and premature mortality. Research in the field of islet transplantation has demonstrated that replacing insulin-producing β-cells can restore euglycemia comparable to individuals without diabetes. However, a short supply of cadaveric islet donors, the…
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AI Cell Analytics App Could Supercharge Biotechnology Research

Transformative technology developed by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) researcher Dr. Mads Daugaard at the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) is putting cell analytics into the hands of scientists around the globe. The artificial intelligence (AI)-driven smartphone app SnapCyte produces data used in cell growth medical research at a fraction of the cost and in a more timely manner than current technology.…
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Dietary fibers are potent modulators of immune responses that can restrain inflammation in multiple disease contexts. However, dietary fibers encompass a biochemically diverse family of carbohydrates, and it remains unknown how individual fiber sources influence immunity. In a direct comparison of four different high-fiber diets, we demonstrate a potent ability of guar gum to delay disease and neuroinflammation in experimental…
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Health Research BC’s funding for 71 researchers through the 2022 Scholar and Research Trainee competitions will help develop, attract and retain BC’s best and brightest health researchers and support the advancement of world-class health research in BC. The Scholar and Research Trainee Programs specifically support BC’s next generation of health researchers. This year’s awardees are investigating diverse research areas including:…
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