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October 04, 2004— Ottawa, Ontario

Recently the honourable Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of David Emerson, Minister of Industry, announced the official opening of the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB) Industry Partnership Facility (IPF) in Halifax, creating new incubation space for 10 to 12 life sciences firms.

Dr. Andrew Woodsworth, the honourable Geoff Regan and Dr. Michael Raymont
Dr. Andrew Woodsworth, the honourable Geoff Regan and Dr. Michael Raymont

The 9,000 square-metre facility will enable entrepreneurs and business to work side-by-side with NRC researchers while gaining access to an array of advanced research technology platforms which includes one of the most comprehensive public mass spectrometry centres in North America as well as one of the most active high through-put DNA sequencing facilities and extensive selections of analytical instrumentations in Canada.

"This high-calibre research infrastructure will allow NRC to attract new firms to the region and will help us to build a world-class life sciences cluster in Atlantic Canada," said Minister Regan.

The new Industry Partnership Facility<br />  at NRC-IMB
The new Industry Partnership Facility

NRC is already incubating more than 100 companies in communities across Canada. At NRC-IMB, start-ups and small-to-medium sized enterprises can tailor lab and office space to meet their research needs. With an industry partner, Genome Atlantic, already onsite and others interested in the versatile IPF research space, the four-floor facility gives firms room to grow, while providing access to NRC expertise and services.

"We hope this will be a cornerstone in the development of a sustainable and competitive life sciences cluster in Atlantic Canada," said Dr. Michael Raymont, NRC's Acting President. "NRC is committed to expanding research capabilities, engaging communities, and augmenting the knowledge industry in Atlantic Canada."

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