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Mario Pinto

B.C. and India will fund joint R&D programs

July 10, 2008

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Premier Gordon Campbell’s announcement last month that B.C. and India will contribute $1 million each to fund research and development (R&D) projects between companies and researchers in the two countries is welcome news to SFU, says VP-research Mario Pinto (above).

Addressing the India Calling 2008 conference in Vancouver June 18, the premier said the program would support R&D in life sciences and environmental technologies and internships for students and researchers to study in either country.

The program is particularly timely as SFU continues to expand its existing relationships with the Asia Pacific, says Pinto.

"During the premier’s mission to India last December we formally signed three agreements that facilitate collaborative research linkages between SFU and Indian institutions, in the areas of bioinformatics for infectious diseases, population and public health, and village health and education.

"In addition, initial discussions are underway for the development of two major initiatives in hydrogen technologies and sustainable adaptation to climate change, to assist the burgeoning economies of China, India and Korea."

Pinto says the new funding will help position B.C. and India to work together to increase economic, social and environmental benefits in sectors like forestry, health, bio-energy and agriculture.

The not-for-profit group International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada will manage the R&D programs.

The Indian Merchants’ Chamber, the Canada-India Business Council and the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce organized the India Calling 2008 summit at venues in Toronto and Vancouver to explore business partnerships between the two nations.
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