Concordia University receives more than $22 million for genomics research

    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University is pleased to
announce that researchers Adrian Tsang and Vincent Martin of the Centre for
Structural and Functional Genomics have been awarded more than $22 million to
further advance the innovative genome research being conducted at Concordia.
This investment results from the Genome Canada Applied Genomics Research in
Bioproducts or Crops (ABC) competition launched last year and will include
major contributions from both Genome Canada and Génome Québec.
    Dr. Tsang was awarded $17.4 million for his project on the discovery of
novel approaches for biofuel production. This represents the largest single
budget of the ABC competition and the most significant investment in a project
toward environmental sustainability in Genome Canada's history. Dr. Martin's
project on identifying novel high-value plant-derived bioproducts, which he
co-leads with University of Calgary researcher Peter Facchini, was awarded
$13.6 million with more than $4.6 million for Dr Martin's activities at
    The announcement was made today in Saskatoon by the Federal Minister of
State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear and Chairman of the Board of
Genome Canada Dr. Calvin Stiller.
    "This accomplishment confirms Concordia's exceptional leadership in
genomic research," says President and Vice-Chancellor Judith Woodsworth.
"These remarkable grants will truly strengthen the work being done by these
talented researchers which, in turn, will create groundbreaking solutions for
serious environmental issues."
    "Researchers like Adrian Tsang and Vincent Martin make Quebec proud",
added Jean-Marc Proulx, president and CEO of Génome Québec. "These results
confirm the critical importance of genomics in leading edge sectors and its
contribution to solving problems linked to sustained development.
Congratulations to these internationally recognized scientists".
    Concordia's Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics is actively
involved in research to identify, analyze and develop potential enzymes to be
used as catalysts in breaking down industrial and agricultural waste into
clean-burning biofuels and other plant-based products for use in a wide range
of industrial applications.
    Genome Canada received 48 proposals for its ABC competition, each
rigorously examined by a panel of international scientific experts - only 12
were chosen based on scientific excellence, as well as strong financial and
management plans.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Mota, Director, Media Relations,
Concordia University, (514) 848-2424 ext. 4884, Cell: (514) 952-5556,

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