By Lethbridge Herald on July 8, 2015.
Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment for the University of Lethbridge in support of the establishment of the first synthetic biology maker space (Synbridge) in Alberta.
The Synbridge maker space initiative will enhance research capabilities, boost services available for industry partners, increase training capacity and enable students to explore commercial applications of their research ideas.
Federal funding of $1.1 million, through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), announced today, will go towards the purchase of equipment to support the on-campus maker space. This space will enable students to move research ideas to the proof-of-principle stage, while also providing Western Canadian businesses in the life-sciences sectors with enhanced access to the services and expertise needed to commercialize their technologies.
This project builds on the strength of the University of Lethbridge in synthetic biology â€“ a science that applies engineering principles to biological systems and that explores the design and development of new biological devices and systems. The potential of this emerging science has been widely recognized to create transformational enhancements in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, bio-fuels/energy, manufacturing, clean water and bio-remediation.