Industry Minister visits McGill

Dr. Ken Dewar shows Minister Tony Clement a DNA sequencing chip for massively parallel DNA sequencing. The chip can permit the sequencing of 200 million sequencing reactions in a single experiment. / Photo: Rachel Granofsky.

By McGill Reporter Staff

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, joined Principal Heather Munroe-Blum Thursday for a tour of the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre.

Prior to the tour, the Minister and the Principal met with officials from Genome Canada and Génome Québec to discuss, among other subjects, federal funding for Genome Canada and how continued investment will sustain important discoveries and commercialization as exemplified by the world-class genomics and proteomics work being conducted at the Centre.

Following the meeting, lab coats were donned and Dr. Ken Dewar, Acting Scientific Director of the Centre guided the group and representatives from the media on a tour of the state-of-the-art genomic analysis lab.

“I think it is a good thing that those in charge actually visit to see the outcomes of their major investments,” said Daniel Tessier, Senior Director of Operations and Business Development at the Innovation Centre following the Minister’s visit.

“It’s a little bit of show-and-tell and it allowed the Minister to get a feel for what we do, the importance and outcomes of our research and the real enthusiasm of those who work here.”