With a shared vision to be a catalyst for Canadian life sciences leading the world, adMare BioInnovations, Canada’s Global Life Sciences Venture (adMare), and Accel-Rx, Canada’s Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx), announced today they are bringing their respective capabilities and resources together under adMare to create a world leading organization. The combined efforts will be guided by adMare’s Board of Directors,…
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Bioprinting Firm Aspect Biosystems Raises $20 Million

Aspect Biosystems, a Canadian biotech company specializing in microfluidic 3D bioprinting, has raised $20 million (USD) through a Series A investment round. The funding will enable the bioprinting company to accelerate its work by advancing multiple tissue therapeutic programs, expanding its technology platform and growing its team. The $20 million funding round was led by Radical Ventures, a VC firm…
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Following an extensive community consultation and international search process, Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors has named professor Joy Johnson as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. Johnson, SFU’s current vice-president, research and international, takes office on September 1, 2020. She succeeds professor Andrew Petter, who completes his term on August 31 after a decade of distinguished service. “Over the…
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Every year people around the world enjoy oysters from British Columbia (BC) but oyster-related illnesses have posed risks to human health, and the BC oyster industry. Several outbreaks from 2015 to 2018 resulted in severe cases of gastroenteritis, and serious viral or bacterial infections including noroviruses and Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp). Noroviruses are highly contagious and are the leading cause of non-bacterial, acute…
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A New DNA-Based Method for Tracking Samples Through the Lab

Researchers at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre have developed an elegant method for tracking tissue samples through complex laboratory processes using unique DNA identifiers. As precision medicine for the treatment of cancer and other diseases becomes a reality, there is increased demand for DNA sequencing. With the high volumes of samples now being sent for sequencing analysis, Scientists at…
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A Thompson Rivers University professor has teamed up with Vancouver’s Parallel 49 brewery to study one of their most popular but hard-to-create beers. Jonathan Van Hamme and his team are using the microbiology research lab at TRU in Kamloops to sequence the genomes (the complete genetic information) of the yeast strains in the Belgian ale the company markets as Wild Ride. The beer is distinctive because it…
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After utilizing new technologies allowing researchers to observe the complete tumour environment, rather than just a small portion, a unique discovery was made about how Hodgkin lymphoma cells and regular immune cells interact with each other. Ordinarily, immune cells detect and attack illnesses; however in this instance researchers observed that some immune cells with a strong expression of a specific…
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Researchers Discover Fundamental Principles Linking Brain and Mind

An analysis of more than 1,000 brain scans from healthy individuals discovered fundamental rules for how connections between brain regions regulate brain functions. The research team used advanced computational methods to define the “controllability” of each brain region, meaning the degree of control each region exerts on all others. They discovered two types of brain regions; those with multiple and…
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Corey Nislow is not an astronaut, but if humanity makes it to Mars safely, he will have played a vital role. In his lab at UBC, he’s working to develop drugs and other treatments that can protect space mission crews from the impact of cosmic radiation. “Outside Earth’s protective atmosphere, mission crew are exposed to formidable amounts of radiation. This radiation…
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A TRIUMF-Ant Decade

TRIUMF is Canada’s particle accelerator, a world- class physics laboratory, medical research facility, and as of 2019, a 50-year old institution. Now used by 20 universities across the country, the centre was founded in 1968 as a joint venture between Simon Fraser University, UBC and the University of Victoria. TRIUMF has a long history of enthralling everyone from science students…
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