Major Provincial Investment In Molecular Medicine

    McGuinty Government Supports Thunder Bay Research Centre

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping
Thunder Bay strengthen its position as a centre for life sciences research
with a major investment in a new molecular medicine research centre.
    "Our government is committed to supporting research and innovation in
Ontario, which we believe is crucial to Ontario's economic future and to the
health and well being of Ontario families," said Premier and Minister of
Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty.
    The government is investing a total of $14.7 million to help the Thunder
Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, in partnership with Toronto's Sunnybrook
Research Institute, develop a Molecular Medicine Research Centre. The new
facility, to be located in the ICR Discoveries research centre on Munro
Street, will attract experienced cancer, cardiac, imaging and neurosciences
research professionals, and anchor Thunder Bay's life sciences research
    "Our government has actively facilitated new medical economic development
programs and infrastructure in Thunder Bay," said Northern Development and
Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "I'm delighted to
officially announce the Ontario government's investment in another major
research initiative in this community."
    Project partners will use the provincial funding for administrative
costs, equipment acquisition and other start-up costs.
    "Two hundred highly skilled positions over the initial five-year start-up
period is very good news for Thunder Bay," said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill
Mauro. "The Molecular Medicine Research Centre will contribute significantly
to the economic well being of the region. This represents the culmination of
several years of hard work by many dedicated people."
    "I am thrilled with today's announcement," said Thunder Bay-Superior
North MPP Michael Gravelle. "Certainly, this new multidisciplinary facility
will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs, and will position Thunder Bay at
the cutting edge of health sciences research and development."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in the North. Other examples include:

    -   Investing $104.2 million in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,
        which has campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury
    -   Investing $2.2 million toward a new cancer and cardiac research
        centre in Thunder Bay
    -   Providing $6 million to Lakehead University to build capacity that
        will support competitive and sustainable development of Ontario's
        boreal forest.

    These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan
for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening
the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better;
Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Premier's Media Office, (416) 314-8975; Ron St.
Louis, MNDM - Sudbury, (705) 564-7120; Michel Lavoie, MNDM, NOHFC - Sudbury,
(705) 564-7125

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