Despite having the right conditions for innovation — from educated workers to strong research centres — many Canadian-invented patents are being snapped up by foreign firms rather than being developed by Canadian ones, a new study says. The report published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy says Canadians are increasingly likely to transfer or sell their intellectual property to foreign entities, especially with deep-pocketed American companies keen to invest in…
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British Columbia’s booming technology sector and vibrant start-up ecosystem are significant contributors to a strong economy, providing good quality, middle-class jobs. While the sector has flourished over the last decade, it is important to ensure that companies can accelerate beyond the start-up stage and remain competitive in a digital world. That’s why the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans,…
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The Canadian government is scrambling to respond to a glut of license applications for cannabis research prompted by the drug’s legalization in October 2018. The queue of applicants—there were 251 in line as of late July—and the attendant monthslong waiting times are frustrating scientists interested in the basic biology and therapeutic possibilities of cannabis. The delays are also prompting criticism…
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Science and research are integral to the transformative discoveries and innovations that improve the lives of all Canadians. New medical breakthroughs, quantum computing technologies and innovative agricultural practices would not be possible without the creative ideas of our talented researchers. That’s why the Government of Canada has provided historic support to Canadian researchers and given them the tools they need…
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A coalition of science groups is pushing for candidates in the upcoming federal election to back evidence-informed policy, more transparent communication of that decision-making and more funding for scientific research. The “Vote Science” campaign, which launched Thursday, includes a toolkit to help Canadians engage with candidates directly, and questionnaires will be sent to political parties to identify their positions on the…
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The federal government’s new regulations for setting the maximum allowable price of patented medicines in Canada, which have just been approved to come into effect next year, pose a serious threat to the future of life sciences across Canada. Regional life sciences organizations across Canada are gravely concerned that the new regulations will make Canada unattractive for research investments in the life sciences, resulting in…
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Canada is doing far less to protect Canadians from junk science — in this case, trendy, pricey and unproven stem cell therapies — than the U.S., a new paper argues. Shoddy, unauthorized stem cell therapies offered by for-profit clinics have been linked to a range of harms, including blindness, serious blood infections, the development of tumours and death. In recent…
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For much of scientific history, the study of women’s health has been thought to be complex and wildly unpredictable, as if men’s health issues are stable and static. Indeed, although it is well known that women have monthly hormonal cycles, men’s daily fluctuations in testosterone levels are largely ignored. These biases are baked into research—fewer than 10% of all fundamental research…
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There’s a federal election in Canada this Fall and all of the political parties are already jockeying for attention of potential voters who are largely focused on enjoying the few months of sunny weather prior to the inevitable freeze. Until the writ drops, the parties are relatively unrestricted in what they communicate and spend on advertising — testing voters to…
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We have all had those experiments that theoretically should work but don’t or those projects that no matter what you do there seems to be no progress. Or endless protocol optimization that seems to go nowhere. Not to mention the endless fellowship or studentship applications that all come back unfunded. Science is full of failure. But we persist, and occasionally if…
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