PreThera Research developing personalized cancer treatments and improving quality of life of Canadians
January 31, 2014 – Québec City, Quebec – Industry Canada
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), was in Québec City today to celebrate the new Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence in Precision Therapeutics (PreThera Research).
As a result of the 2014 Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) competition, PreThera Research was awarded $15 million. This support will enable the Network's researchers to apply their knowledge of biomarkers—proteins and genes used to identify subtypes of cancer and monitor their progress—in developing innovative, personalized treatments for individuals with cancer.
On January 22, 2014, Minister of State Rickford announced the results of the most recent BL-NCE competition. Four research networks, including PreThera Research, have been awarded $49.7 million over five years to address industry research and development (R&D) challenges.
- The other three networks receiving funding as a result of the latest BL-NCE competition are
- Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) in Sudbury—$15 million
- Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) in Montréal—$12 million
- Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) in Toronto—$7.7 million
- BL-NCEs increase business investment in R&D and help companies grow, add value to products and services, create jobs, increase productivity and develop greener practices by merging academic expertise with the private sector's drive to respond to real-world challenges.
- This is the second competition for new networks held since the BL-NCE program was created by the Government of Canada in Budget 2007. The program was made permanent in 2012 with annual funding of $12 million.
- Funding is leveraged from other sources as partners pay at least half of each network's eligible direct research costs.
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Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
(Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Networks of Centres of Excellence
The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the BL-NCE program, administers a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies—the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada—in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada. NCE programs support large-scale, multidisciplinary collaborations between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. These programs help focus Canada's research capacity on economic and social challenges, commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.