Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians. Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions are attracting and retaining the world’s top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada’s position in today’s knowledge economy.
Mitacs supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital.
MetaMixis, Inc. translates environmental DNA into value-added solutions. The company also provides monitoring services and develops microbial processes for sustainable product manufacturing.
The Bohlmann Group, Michael Smith Laboratories
Through genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and biochemical approaches, the Bohlmann laboratory is exploring two aspects of plant specialized metabolism: (1) the role it plays in plant defense, and (2) how its genes and enzymes can be prospected for metabolic engineering of high-value bioproducts. The foundation of this research program has concentrated primarily on the terpenoid pathway, including the large gene families of terpene synthases (TPS) and cytochrome P450s, and more recently extended into phenolic pathways.
Bio-Economy Research, Innovation & Education at UBC
BERIE is an inter- and multi-disciplinary research team comprising of scientists, engineers, and market and policy experts. It brings together the five UBC strategic research centres in support of bio-economy research and education. BERIE is working towards extracting high value products from bio-resources like bio-materials, bio-energy and bio-chemicals.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.
Kumar & Hafeli Groups, UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences
The laboratory of Dr. Ujendra Kumar has a highly focused program to investigate the basic and applied functions of the hormone somatostatin. Research in Dr. Hafeli’s group is primarily directed at fighting cancer with radioactive pharmaceuticals and the development of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals to be used in different nuclear medicine procedures.