Feds announce support for University of Victoria to create Centre for Advanced Materials & Related Technology (CAMTEC) BioMedical Core
Funding addresses a gap in the life sciences ecosystem by providing specialized equipment that will help life sciences companies in B.C. scale up
VICTORIA, BC — The Government of Canada announced funding of $536,729 in federal support for the University of Victoria to create the Centre for Advanced Materials & Related Technology (CAMTEC) BioMedical Core.
“Today’s announcement reinforces our government’s plan for a strong economic recovery,” says Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, in a statement. “These important investments in the life sciences industry will in turn improve the health of western Canadians and create well-paying jobs for British Columbians. That’s what our plan is about: being there for people and getting our economy back on track.”
This funding will help establish a Class II biosafety facility, or wet lab, that will be shared by a broad range of clients. The specialized equipment in this facility will position CAMTEC to support a variety of initiatives, including oncology and precision health, apparel manufacturing, and water treatment programs.
The new CAMTEC BioMedical Core will support increased access to critical infrastructure and training for industry partners that lack access to specialized equipment. This transformation is essential in ensuring companies can access the resources they need in order to grow.
This project aligns with Western Economic Diversification Canada’s priorities of supporting health biological sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean resources, and inclusiveness.