Growing Ontario's Genomics and Engineering Biology Ecosystem

Ontario Genomics is a not-for-profit organization that receives funding from the Ontario government, Genome Canada and other public and private partners for strategic initiatives.

Our Story

Established in 2000, Ontario Genomics’ mission is to lead the application of genomics-based solutions across key sectors of the economy to drive economic growth, improved quality of life and global leadership for Ontario.

Our vision is to enable Healthy People, Healthy Economy, Healthy Planet Through Collaborative Genomics Innovations.

We work with researchers, small and large companies, not-for-profits and governments to create public-private and public-public partnerships that unlock made-in-Ontario, cutting-edge solutions and technologies for the world.

Ontario Genomics has an impressive track record of achieving results by catalyzing and supporting applied research, developing talent, and funding the creation and growth of start-ups to commercialize Intellectual Property (IP).

Our team delivers deep technical and business expertise and has spent more than two decades building strong networks across multiple sectors in the province, nationally and internationally. Together, we promote excellence, invest, and break down barriers so Ontario’s visionaries can  speed up economic and social growth through world-leading innovation.

How We Help

Building a strong ecosystem to support Ontario’s visionaries and the genomics community is what we do. At Ontario Genomics,we help translate proven genomics and engineering biology innovation   to solve real-world challenges.

Strategic Vision

We live in unprecedented times. That is why Ontario Genomics’ vision endeavours to find solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, food insecurity, and acute and chronic disease. These concerns will increasingly impact the health and well-being of Ontario’s people and economy.

How We Help

Ontario Genomics has been driving Ontario’s genomics revolution for over 20 years, delivering impact for Ontarians, Canadians, and the world across sectors and enabling researchers to redefine the present and future of health, agriculture, and environmental sustainability.


Since our inception in 2000, Ontario Genomics has supported over $1.7 billion in follow-on investment for applied genomics research in Ontario and supporting over 20,000 trainees and high-skilled jobs. We have 110+ active projects and over 500 impactful partnerships supporting a total Ontario GDP growth of over $1.8 billion since 2013.

What is Genomics?

Understanding the genomics of our biological planet is central to addressing the many challenges facing the world today, from climate change and global population growth to increasing food and energy demands and chronic health issues. Genomics holds the key to unleashing innovations across industries, driving economic growth and improving the quality of life for people across the globe.


Behind every innovation, technology, and ground-breaking discovery are the passionate people who devote themselves to this impactful work. Meet the people driving Ontario Genomics and its trailblazing impact.


Our diverse and accomplished Board possesses the exceptional combination of scientific and technical expertise, leadership acumen, policy knowledge, and innovation strategy skills we need to drive us to achieve our goals. Meet our Board of Directors and Observers.


Building partnerships with like-minded people to tackle pressing challenges like climate change, food insecurity, as well as acute and chronic illnesses is only possible with our community of Ontario and Canada visionaries – the academics, entrepreneurs, trainees, government, business, and institutional leaders who inspire us to reach new heights.

Annual Report

We are thrilled to share Ontario Genomics’ 2022-2023 Annual Report, “Made in Ontario: Unlocked for the World” which underscores the ongoing importance of genomics-related research and technologies in solving some of the greatest challenges of our day.


Our talented team includes perceptive, dedicated, and compassionate people working to address some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Ontario Genomics works collaboratively in a supportive and diverse environment to improve lives and strengthen our province through genomics innovation.

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