Province Funds SFU Health and Life Sciences Research

By on April 5, 2016
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Submitted – More than $13.9 million in provincial funding through the BC
Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will allow Simon Fraser University
(SFU) to conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of health and life
sciences.

This brings the Province’s latest round of BCKDF investments to more than
$39.7 million for public post-secondary institutions to undertake 32
research infrastructure projects.

Five SFU projects are receiving funding that will be applied to the use
of new technologies to advance the understanding of biological processes
relevant to human health, to enhance medical-imaging equipment leading to
improved medical diagnoses, and the purchase of equipment that may be
used to discover new bioactive compounds to fight cancer.

“This BCKDF funding will enable our researchers to be even better
equipped for big data research and more productive in their efforts to
translate research to fight disease and improve health outcomes for
British Columbians.” – Simon Fraser University president and vice-chancellor Andrew Petter

BCKDF investments are aimed at attracting and retaining world-class research and innovation talent in British Columbia and creating profitable collaborations with industry. Successful proposals have the potential to spur technology commercialization, talent development and job creation.

BCKDF funding is part of the #BCTECH Strategy, a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse knowledge-based economy. The 10- year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund and initiatives to increase talent development and market access for tech companies that will drive innovation and productivity across the province. Increasing commercialization potential through funding to post-secondary institutions is a commitment under the #BCTECH Strategy.

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