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Mario Pinto, 778.782.4152; vprsec@sfu.ca
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323

June 20, 2008
Correction Appended

New funding that will support alliances between India and Canada in life sciences and environmental technology research and development is welcome news at Simon Fraser University.

The program, supported by $1 million from each of the B.C. and Indian governments, will fund collaborative research and development projects between companies in B.C. and India and support internships for students and researchers.

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

"During the December Premier's Mission, 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,” Pinto notes.

“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."

The new funding, announced June 19 by Premier Gordon Campbell during the India Calling 2008 conference in Vancouver, will help position B.C. and India to work together to increase economic, social and environmental benefits in such sectors as forestry, health, bio-energy and agriculture.

Correction: July 3, 2008

The original version of this release incorrectly stated that Premier Gordon Campbell announced new R&D funding on June 19 in India during the India Calling international conference. He actually announced the funding on Wednesday, June 18 at the India Calling 2008 conference in Vancouver.