Science Opportunities Knock for BC Researchers

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Genome British Columbia has announced the
results of the first Science Opportunities Fund competition in which nine
awards have been made to researchers in the Province with a total approved
budget of $2.3 million. The nine teams of researchers located in Vancouver,
the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island are launching peer-reviewed, short-term
research projects the results of which will have impacts on important sectors
of BC's economy and environment.
    Approved projects range from understanding the genetics of sablefish, the
biology of lavender, exploring the conifer genome to aid with future breeding
and management of conifer trees, developing health assessment tools for marine
mussels, the study of the wild bullfrog (an excellent indicator for
environmental quality) to human health topics including cancer immunotherapy,
the BC BioLibrary (a health platform) and support for building better
bioinformatics which will generate more accurate data.
    "We are proud of the scientists whose curiosity has created these
targeted projects designed to have a positive impact on the collective
well-being of the province and look forward to seeing the results in the near
future," said Dr. Alan Winter, President and CEO of Genome BC.
    A total of nine projects with budgets ranging from $68,000 to $609,950
were recommended by an international review panel and approved by the Board of
Directors. Complete descriptions of the projects and principal investigators
are available at
    It is anticipated that another Science Opportunities Fund competition
will be launched in the coming weeks. This funding competition was created
based on feedback from genomics researchers in BC. Genome BC is involved
primarily in large and medium size project and platform competitions, but
scientists pointed out a funding gap for smaller and short-term research
projects which could enable BC-based researchers to compete for larger
national or international opportunities. Therefore the Science Opportunities
Fund was created to meet these needs. A full description of the competition
and its requirements is available at

    About Genome BC:
    Founded in 2000, Genome BC works collaboratively with government,
universities and industry as the catalyst for a genomics-driven life sciences
cluster with significant social and economic benefits for the Province and
Canada. The organization's research portfolio, over $380 million since
inception, includes 58 projects and technology platforms focused on areas of
strategic importance to British Columbia such as human health, forestry,
fisheries, bioenergy, mining, agriculture, ethics, and the environment.

For further information:

For further information: Julia White, Communications Officer, Genome
British Columbia, (604) 637-4378,; Linda Bartz, Director,
Communications & Education, Genome British Columbia, (604) 637-4373,

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