McGill home to new research centre for genomics, proteomics and bone research

Guest Contributor
October 3, 2003

McGill Univ is home to Canada’s newest research facility with the official opening of 740 Dr. Penfield, a centre focused on genomics, proteomics and bone research. The six-storey centre — part of the McGill University Health Centre at 740 Dr. Penfield Ave —was constructed and partially outfitted at a cost of $31.6 million and is home to three of Genome Quebec’s 15 large research projects worth $60 million.

740 Dr. Penfield will house four different scientific groups — McGill Univ and the Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Montreal Proteomics Network, the Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research and the William H Donner Laboratories for Biotechnology (one of five bio-business incubators).

Financing for the centre was provided by several partners, including Genome Quebec, Genome Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Recherche Québec, Canada Economic Development, Valorisation-Recherche Québec, and others including three companies.

The funding partners will provide an additional $50 million over the next five years for operations and equipment.

740 Penfield Dr will facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to research, with engineers, biologists and mathematicians examining interactions between genes and proteins to determine their roles in a wide range of diseases. It will serve as the centrepiece for McGill’s Tomlinson TechSquare, which integrates information, materials and health sciences.


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