As part of its commitment to leading-edge research, Genome Canada supported a number of Science and Technology Innovation Centres across Canada. (As of fiscal year 2014-2015 the Science and Technology Innovation Centre model was replaced with the Genomics Innovation Network.). These Centres provided researchers with access to cutting-edge technologies such as DNA sequencing, RNA expression analysis, protein identification, metabolite analysis, bioinformatics and large-scale data analysis, as well as access to new methods and protocols.
Genome Canada provided approximately $24 million in funding to the Science and Technology Innovation Centres from 2010 to 2011, and another $28.6 million in renewed funding for five Centres from 2013 to 2014.
The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG)
Project Leader: Stephen Scherer
Institution: The Hospital for Sick Children
Affiliated with the world-renowned SickKids Hospital in Toronto, The Centre for Applied Genomics conducts groundbreaking research in genomics including service and training support for academic, government, and private sector scientists worldwide. It provides a wide variety of services including biobanking (a facility that stores biological samples (usually human) for use in research), informatics, microarray analysis (analyzing many genes in a single experiment quickly and efficiently) and DNA sequencing.