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October 03, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

Efforts to establish a new National Research Council Institute for Nutrisciences and Health (NRC-INH) at the University of Prince Edward Island are underway.

The NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and Health (NRC-INH), the result of a partnership between NRC, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Government of PEI and the University of Prince Edward Island, will enable NRC and the University to expand collaborations in health-related research.

From left to right: Dr. Arthur Carty, President of National Research Council Canada; the Honourable Wayne Easter, Solicitor General of Canada; the Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry; the Honourable Patrick George Binns, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Shaun Murphy, Member of Parliament; Wade MacLauchlan, President of the University of Prince Edward Island during the official announcement of NRC-INH.
From left to right: Dr. Arthur Carty, President of National Research Council Canada; the Honourable Wayne Easter, Solicitor General of Canada; the Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry; the Honourable Patrick George Binns, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Shaun Murphy, Member of Parliament; Wade MacLauchlan, President of the University of Prince Edward Island during the official announcement of NRC-INH.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and NRC will invest a total of $28 million over the next five years to help construct a new facility and to establish NRC-INH. The Province of Prince Edward Island is contributing $3.5 million.

ACOA will contribute $8 million to the University of PEI (UPEI) for the construction of a new multi-use building on the UPEI campus in Charlottetown that will house state-of-the-art research laboratories and industrial incubation space. NRC will invest up to $20 million over the next five years in staff, equipment, and research projects to establish NRC-INH within the new facility.

A nationally-mandated institute, NRC-INH will build upon existing PEI strengths in basic and health-related research with a focus on understanding how naturally occurring products can benefit human and animal health. "NRC-INH researchers will form multidisciplinary teams that link to NRC institutes across Canada as well as existing local research programs at UPEI and the Atlantic Veterinary College and innovation resources in other government agencies and the private sector," said Dr. Arthur Carty, NRC President. "These resources and the vision for NRC-INH will form a cornerstone of a PEI technology cluster."

The plan for the new facility and the NRC institute was established through extensive consultations on technology cluster development with significant support from the Province, UPEI, and local industry.


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