2019 Canada SynBio Brings Together Synthetic Biology’s Best and Brightest.

April 29, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Ontario Genomics and their partners hosted their annual SynBio conference at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. This year’s Canada SynBio Conference displayed Ontario’s thriving community of synthetic biologists. The well-anticipated keynote lecturer, Dr. George Church kicked off the conference by highlighting his laboratory’s work on integrating CRISPR technology…

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2019 Canada SynBio Highlights

April 17, 2019

March 6, Toronto – Ontario Genomics hosted 2019 Canada SynBio, Canada’s second national conference focused on Engineering Biology, together with the Genome Canada Enterprise and our partners and sponsors. Over 300 people, including researchers, policymakers, industry, entrepreneurs, start-ups, associations, students, funders, VCs and other investors from across Canada and beyond, packed the MaRS Discovery District…

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SynBio Canada: Fostering the Canadian Synthetic Biology Community

April 17, 2019

The field of synthetic biology represents a maturation of genetic engineering and biotechnology, where microbes or even human immune cells can be specifically engineered to do useful things. Thus, synthetic biology has the potential to reshape medicine, industry, and agriculture in Canada. But in order for this to be possible, a strong community of researchers,…

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GE3LS Talk with Dr. Eric Meslin

April 9, 2019

Read this great interview conducted by Genome Canada with Dr. Eric Meslin regarding genomics-related economic, environmental, ethical, legal, and social issues – known as “GE³LS research.”

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January 2019 Networking Event Highlights

February 19, 2019

It was wonderful to welcome so many of our partners, customers and colleagues to our first Networking event of 2019.  “There is nothing more important than people – that is my team and you, our customers, collaborators and colleagues”, said Bettina Hamelin, Ontario Genomics President and CEO. “We have achieved some incredible things over time…

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iGEM and After iGEM: Enabling change-makers through synthetic biology

February 14, 2019

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. The iGEM competition provides students around the globe with the opportunity to pursue projects that address unique challenges within their local community within a…

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Revealing Hidden Mysteries with Ancient DNA

February 14, 2019

Lakehead University’s Paleo-DNA Laboratory was born out of necessity. Back in 1996, there were no laboratories that performed DNA analysis on archaeological samples (paleo or ancient DNA) on a fee for service basis. Anthropology professor Dr. El Molto, who had acquired vast amounts of human material from his site in the Dahkleh Oasis, Egypt, had…

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Start-up pitch competition finalists

February 14, 2019

Take a sneak peek at the six (6) SynBio start-ups selected to pitch for cash prizes at the 2nd Annual Canada SynBio conference on March 6, 2019.     Creative Protein Solutions Inc. Novel handheld and mobile app diagnostics device to provide much-needed veterinary point-of-care solutions. FREDsense Technologies Corp. Portable field kits providing affordable, rapid,…

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Collaborative genomics investments for a healthier Ontario

February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019, Guelph, Ontario – Genomics research is producing dramatic breakthroughs in science, transforming our understanding of the world around us. The results of this research are being used to address important challenges and develop innovative solutions, not just in human health, but across diverse sectors of the economy. Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan,…

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Major investment in genomics research will improve the lives of Canadians

February 4, 2019

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $22.7 million funding to support 37 research projects as a result of three funding competitions through Genome Canada. An additional $33.4 million is being invested by provincial governments, business and research partners for a total of $56 million in support for these projects spanning sectors such as health, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment.

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