Some of the hottest areas in biotech that are emerging and driving growth and investment are in the field of regenerative medicine and cell and gene therapy. There have been several acquisitions over the past year that really got the ball rolling with hopes to advance immunotherapies. Despite the curative potential, these therapies come with a hefty price tag and…
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Crowdfunding campaigns for stem-cell treatments may be duping patients seeking relief and leaving donors out of pocket. These campaigns, which encourage strangers to help fund medical procedures, fail to emphasize risks and often exaggerate efficacy, according to a new study co-authored by Jeremy Snyder, a bio-ethicist professor at Simon Fraser University. “It’s a viral spread of misinformation,” he said. “They’re hyping the…
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The Stem Cell Network (SCN) announces that they have received funding of $4 million for innovative stem cell and regenerative medicine research that will help translate discoveries into better health and economic growth for Canadians. This funding was made available thanks to a 2017 budget commitment by the Government of Canada and followed a competitive peer-reviewed process facilitated by SCN.…
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On Saturday, April 14, scientists and science enthusiasts once again took to the streets to advocate for science and evidence-informed policy. This year, there were 230+ March for Science satellite events across the world. In Canada, Evidence for Democracy (along with local organizers) arranged events in 10 cities (St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver and Victoria). Despite the…
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It started out with rock snot and ended with a call for scientists to stand up to suppression. Canada’s Science Minister Kirsty Duncan used her TED talk in Vancouver to highlight her government’s record on science and blasted those who would silence researchers. “It is critical — absolutely critical — that our scientists are free to undertake their work, free to collaborate…
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A new expert panel report, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), provides the latest data and information on Canada’s track record in fundamental research, applied research and experimental development, industrial R&D, and the relationship of these research efforts to wealth creation and prosperity through innovation. The report underscores that while Canada benefits from high levels of educational…
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Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains was at Memorial University’s St. John’s campus on Tuesday, March 6, to discuss the federal government’s commitment to scientific research. This year’s budget will increase funding to the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, which according to the government of Canada’s website is focused on the strengthening of the middle class through supporting entrepreneurial developments. Over…
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Budget 2018 Offers Hope, Opportunity For Canadian Research

Budget 2018 dropped yesterday, and Canadian scientists are enthusiastic … and relieved. The new budget offers nearly $4 billion in funding for Canadian research over the next five years, which includes $354 million each for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), plus $763 million for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).…
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