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New Investment to Enhance On-Line Security and Accelerate the Use of Regenerative Cell Therapies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/14 -- Two new networks based in Montreal, Quebec, have been awarded federal funding to take the latest research findings related to cybersecurity and regenerative cell therapies and turn them into better policies and practices.

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE) will help protect Canadian governments and companies from on-line security threats. Its efforts will offer Canadians a safer on-line experience, guard privacy and help this country's digital economy continue to grow.

The CellCAN Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network will help accelerate patients' access to regenerative medicine. Building on Canada's world-leading stem cell research, the network will promote innovative therapies for conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and cancer.

Quick facts

--  Investments in SERENE and CellCAN are the result of the most recent
    competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge
    Mobilization (NCE-KM) initiative.

--  The new networks will each receive $1.6 million over four years, with a
    possibility of a three-year extension.

--  These networks join three existing networks, which were created
    following the first NCE-KM competition held in 2011.

Quotes

"Canadians are world leaders in stem cell research and in information and communications technology. These new networks will take the next step by putting that knowledge to work in leading clinics across the country and in the computer systems we rely on every day. Our government is proud to support this research and put it into practice in ways that bring real benefits to Canadians."

Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology

"The Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative brings together academia, industry, governments and not-for-profit organizations in ways that connect the best research with the people who need it. These tremendously effective collaborations synthesize knowledge from across all sectors to generate solutions to some of our most pressing problems."

Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the NCE-KM initiative, operates a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada. NCE programs support large scale, multi-disciplinary collaborations between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations, which focus Canada's research capacity on economic and social challenges, help commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private-sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.

Contacts:
Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
613-943-6177

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502
1-800-328-6189
[email protected]

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
613-943-7618

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