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October 15, 2014, Wallenstein, Ontario – The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Dr. Pierre Meulien, President and CEO of Genome Canada, are pleased to announce the first 12 projects selected for funding under Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). The announcement was made at Wallenstein’s Feed & Supply Ltd., where the Minister toured the company’s animal feed production facilities.
GAPP projects partner academic researchers with “users” of genomics (e.g. industry, provincial governments, non-profits, or other organizations) to translate innovations that are expected to have considerable economic and social impacts within the near term.
Minister Holder highlighted a GAPP project between Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly & Co) and Concordia University. Dr. Paul Matzat from Elanco and Dr. Adrian Tsang from Concordia will develop and commercialize new enzyme products for pork and poultry to improve digestion of animal feed. As a result, less animal feed will be wasted, providing for healthier chickens and pigs, reduced costs to farmers and a more competitive pork and poultry industry responsible for thousands of on-farm jobs in Ontario and over 20,000 across Canada.
Further, GAPP projects will support training the next generation of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, thanks to a new partnership between Genome Canada and Mitacs, which will create research internships for future projects.
“Our government is making record investments in science, technology and innovation to create jobs and opportunities while improving the quality of life of Canadians. Through the GAPP projects, we are bringing genomic solutions to industry challenges in health, agriculture, and forestry industries, supporting the innovations necessary for Canadian businesses to compete in the global economy and keep jobs here in Canada.
– The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology
“Our government is making the investments necessary to move ideas from the lab to the marketplace more effectively. Today’s announcement between Elanco and Concordia University to develop improved animal feed for pork and poultry will reduce costs for our farmers while strengthening jobs in our rural economy.”
– Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth- Wellington)
“These first two rounds have proven that there is a high degree of interest and engagement from a whole range of industry sectors that see Canada’s genomics research enterprise as a valuable source of ideas and innovation.”
– Dr. Pierre Meulien, President, Genome Canada
“The partnership between Mitacs and Genome Canada will support research collaboration between university researchers and dynamic companies in Canada’s growing genomics sector. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects that directly benefit local businesses, applying their cutting-edge skills and knowledge to benefit all Canadians.”
– Dr. Rob Annan, interim CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs
“This project complements Elanco’s mission to help the global food chain deliver a safe, affordable and sufficient food supply. We believe innovation in sustainable food production is one of the most important mechanisms to feeding a growing global population.”
– Mr. Allan Boonstra, Director, Elanco Animal Health
For backgrounders and photos of GAPP Rounds 1 and 2 projects, please visit www.genomecanada.ca as of 10:30 a.m. ET October 15, 2014
Video – Pierre Meulien on GAPP
GAPP launch press release, June 3, 2013