We cannot surf the Internet, watch television, or read a magazine without reminders of the challenges facing our society, such as pollution, famine and chronic illness. Genomics holds answers to many of these problems.
Bringing about real-world change is a balance between science, which leads to discovery, and knowledge translation to make these discoveries applicable beyond the lab. The Ontario Genomics Institute is driving discoveries through our world-class research funded in Ontario through Genome Canada. Our SPARK Technology Development catalyst program funds innovative out-of-the-box ideas and we are turning scientific discovery into real-world innovation by investing at a critical stage through our Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund.
OGI events such as AgBio 3D, an Ontario-Quebec personalized medicine partnering meeting, and an environmental metagenomics workshop, encourage discussion and foster collaboration between industry and academia, and result in partnerships and greater understanding of the needs of the industry.
In addition to supporting research and commercialization, we educate our stakeholders, including government decision-makers and the general public, about the value of genomics and the impact it has on daily lives. This year, we launched a new campaign and the WhyGenomics website, aimed at demonstrating daily applications of genomics research.