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The Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network Selects GenoLogics

GenoLogics, the leading developer of informatics solutions for translational research, today announced it is working with the Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network to […]

VITP introduces first of its kind Corporate Challenge

Victoria, British Columbia – Alan Bishop, television show designer for the popular Survivor and Amazing Race series is putting his skills to […]

VITP introduces first of its kind Corporate Challenge

Power to Play

Alan Bishop, television show designer for the popular Survivor and Amazing Race series is putting his skills to work in the Power To Play, a unique fundraising event that will help to make a difference in the lives of local disadvantaged youth.

Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) and the Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society recruited Bishop to launch the first ever corporate challenge, Power To Play, being held April 18 at VITP.

Twenty-five teams of four will run, crawl, slide, jump, push and challenge themselves and teammates through mud, water, bush and other natural objects in a spectacle the Victoria business community has never seen.

Troy Griffiths Named Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40

Troy Griffiths

Live and help live would be a fitting motto for Troy Griffiths, whose company, Vigil Health Solutions Inc., provides emergency and nurse call solutions for seniors.

A self-described James Bond fan, Griffiths has an old Sunbeam Alpine roadster that’s similar to a car that appeared in Dr. No, but for him race cars pale in comparison to the importance of health care.

“It really is a compelling area to be in, and obviously [we] see some need coming in the near future,” said Griffiths.

The company’s proprietary technology, the Vigil Integrated Care Management System, is a non-invasive monitoring system that helps seniors suffering from dementia and other ailments.

Vigil’s co-founder kick-started his business career in 2001 after he graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor of commerce degree.

Government of Canada announces new ocean research and commercialization centre in Victoria

Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Gary […]

Government of Canada announces new ocean research and commercialization centre in Victoria

Ocean Networks Canada

Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) today announced the establishment of the Oceans Network Canada
Centre for Enterprise and Engagement, (ONCEE), a new Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR).

“The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Mr. Saxton. “In Budget 2009, Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we announced a $5.1 billion dollar investment in S&T initiatives such as the Oceans Network Canada Centre for Enterprise and Engagement, which will help researchers get more of their innovations from the lab to the marketplace so Canadians and people around the world can benefit.”

Toronto Star Reports: (Editorial) Research Funds Need a Second Look

Research Funds need a second look

There is a fundamental disconnection between the nation’s scientists and political leaders over what Ottawa is doing for research.

The scientists complain that the federal government has slashed funding for research and, as a result, Canada runs the risk of a “brain drain” to the United States, where the new Obama administration is pouring money into the field. The government, on the other hand, says it has increased research funding by billions of dollars and the complaining scientists are cry babies. They are both right.

Globe and Mail Reports: Time to keep pace with Obama

Time to keep pace with Obama

President Barack Obama is generating an excitement around science that Canada has to be prepared to match. If it does not, it will lose scientific and technological talent, and the economic opportunities it generates.

Mr. Obama is creating a sea change on science. This week he lifted the Bush administration’s restrictions on funding research using embryonic stem cells, the starting material for all organs and tissue. More than that, he said what many U.S. scientists had been longing to hear for the past eight years: “Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it is also about protecting free and open inquiry…. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.” And in his stimulus budget last month, he gave $10-billion for research and infrastructure to the National Institutes of Health, the country’s main funding agency for medical research. Science south of the border is not only well resourced, it is suddenly cool, sexy.

SyncWave Systems Project Receives CAN $2.7M in Funding

SynceWave Systmes

A next-generation technology developed in British Columbia that could efficiently convert ocean swell into renewable electricity has received CAN $2.7 million in funding and is scheduled to be demonstrated off the West Coast of Vancouver Island in 2011 with support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a not-for-profit corporation created by the government of Canada.

SyncWave Power Resonator (SPR) technology was invented and developed by SyncWave Energy Inc. (SEI) with scientists from the University of Victoria and engineered for the open ocean with Marinus Power LLC, of Houston.

David Turpin offered third term to head UVic

Reported by Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist The University of Victoria's board of governors has announced it has accepted a recommendation that the […]

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