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The Government of Canada to support genomics in 2016 Federal Budget

April 20, 2016

Genome Prairie is excited for the investment of $237.2 million to Genome Canada in the 2016 Federal Budget. This significant multiyear funding will facilitate the launch of new programs, build momentum of existing programs and help expand large-scale genomics research and applications across the country.

“We are thrilled with this investment and would like to thank the Government of Canada for recognizing that genomics plays a fundamental role in promoting innovation and economic growth in this country,” said Dr. Reno Pontarollo, President and CEO of Genome Prairie. “Federal leadership and commitment to science and technology will allow Genome Prairie to help researchers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan continue to conduct world-class genomics research to benefit Canada and beyond.”

Since 2000, Genome Prairie has successfully leveraged federal funding through support from the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, engaged academia, industries, not-for-profit organizations and international partners to promote genomics research. This new investment will help Genome Prairie support the research community in their pursuit of leading-edge genomic technologies, and further develop innovative science and its commercialization to key economic sectors such as human health, agriculture, the environment, energy and mining.

“Genomics is advancing faster than ever, and this investment will help our scientists turn new discoveries into innovative products and services that will keep our provinces competitive in the field of biotechnology,” said Dr. Pontarollo. “In partnership with Genome Canada and the Canadian Genomics Enterprise, we look forward to ensuring that this investment from the Government of Canada will help bolster genomics innovation in Canada.”

About Genome Prairie

Genome Prairie, a non-profit-organization, aligns partners and resources to develop and manage research projects addressing key regional priorities such as agriculture, human health, the environment, energy and mining. These efforts are playing a central role in building the reputation of Manitoba and Saskatchewan as a location of choice for innovation and commercialization. For more information, visit

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