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January 29, 2015 2:26 PM
News Talk 770 Interview with David Wishart
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Michelle Rempel, the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, recently announced an investment of $2,983,800 towards state-of-the-art metabolomics assessment equipment to be housed at The Metabolomics Innovation Centre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
The announcement got some good media attention including this interview done by Peter Watts, host of the Alberta-wide weekend program on 770 News Talk Radio.
Courtesy of AM770, here is the complete interview for those who missed it.
January 26, 2015 2:08 PM
Private sector engages The Metabolomics Innovation Centre
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Michelle Rempel, the , Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced last week an investment of $2,983,800 towards state-of-the-art metabolomics assessment equipment to be housed at Minister Rempel & David Wishartthe Metabolomics Innovation Centre at the University of Alberta.  The equipment will help the TMIC expands commercial services to test, validate, and assemble prototype kits to cost-effectively create more accurate and less invasive medical tests.
Minister Rempel has a background in innovation and IP, and talked about success in commercializing academic research here immediately after the announcement.

As a measure of the commercial demand to get metabolomics research out of the lab and into the marketplace, Cell MedX Corp announced today that it will use The Metabolomics Innovation Centre to conduct metabolomics profiling of blood samples collected during the discovery phase of a pilot trial which CellMedX started on January 9.
Cell MedX Corp. is an early development stage company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes by developing technologies to help manage the illness and related complications.
January 23, 2015 10:49 AM
A 2.9 million dollar boost for applied metabolomics technology in Alberta
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Yesterday was a pretty good day for research in Alberta.
Especially for applied research in metabolomics which received 2.9 million dollars in funding from a group of partners led by Western Economic Diversification. Genome Alberta has been nurturing metabolomics research for several years now and led this latest effort which brought together WD, Genome Canada, the University of Alberta, National Institute of Nanotechnology, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, and Metabolomics Technologies Inc. (MTI).
The money will go towards assessment equipment which the Metabolomics Innovation Centre at the U of A will use to speed up the commercialization of new technologies.
The full media release is available on an earlier blog post.
The announcement was made at the University of Alberta by Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. There were representatives from all of the funders on hand including Genome Alberta's CEO David Bailey (shown at the left).
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill was on hand to find out why so many organization were eager to get involved and he sent us this podcast.
January 22, 2015 11:05 AM
Federal Government Supports New Metabolomics Technology Demonstration Centre
Media Release, Edmonton, January 22, 2015 -
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced an investment of $2,983,800 towards state-of-the-art metabolomics assessment equipment to strengthen western Canadian companies’ ability to commercialize new discoveries.
This announcement reinforces Alberta’s position as a global leader in the emerging metabolomics market enabling Genome Alberta, together with the University of Alberta, to establish the Metabolomics Technology Demonstration Centre.
The equipment, a 700 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance machine and a Quadrupole-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer, will assist companies in the metabolomics sector move biomarkers from the research lab to the medical testing facility. Companies will test, validate, and assemble prototype kits using existing research from the University’s Metabolomics Innovation Centre’s biomarker panels, to cost-effectively create more accurate and less invasive medical tests.
In addition to an investment from the National Institute of Nanotechnology, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Metabolomics Technologies Inc. (MTI), and Genome Canada are also contributors towards this project.
January 20, 2015 2:23 PM
Centre of the metabolomic universe can be found at the University of Alberta
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Stuff in - stuff out.
That's pretty much a basic fact of life for people and it holds true right on down to the basic cellular level.
If you start to compare what a healthy organism takes in, how it is broken down, and what comes out as waste you're getting close to the science of metabolomics. Figure out how the process differs in healthy organisms vs diseased organisms and you start to develop a diagnostic tool.
That's been the life's work of David Wishart who now heads up The Metabolomics Innovation Centre at the University of Alberta. His work and the applied research taking place at the Centre have put Edmonton onto a world stage where metabolomics is the rising star playing a role in new therapies and treatments.  
Journalist Don Hill talked with Dr. Wishart about metabolomics and TMIC and sent us this report. (you might want to note the part about tricorders - Star Trek is getting closer! )