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$35m for new Advanced Genomics Platform

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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE – Press Release/Statement

Headline: $35m for new Advanced Genomics Platform

The Government has announced it will invest $35 million over seven years in Genomics Aotearoa, a new science platform supporting advanced genomics research.

Genomics is a fast-moving, dynamic research field that underpins a wide range of science of importance to New Zealand including health, the environment and primary production.

The investment will establish Genomics Aotearoa as an agile, leading-edge collaborative platform of research on genomics that grows New Zealand’s capability, builds international connections, and develops tool and technologies that will support genomics researchers in delivering excellent and impactful science.

Led by the University of Otago, Genomics Aotearoa is an alliance between the Universities of Auckland and Massey, Crown Research Institutes AgReserach, ESR, Landcare Research, and Plant and Food, and 32 associate organisations including researchers and end users of genomics and bioinformatics.

Funding will come from MBIE’s Strategic Science Investment Fund and follows a competitive two-stage application and assessment process.

Genomics Aotearoa presented a strong proposal that was comprehensive in scope and ambition, and seeks to cement national collaboration between genomic researchers and end-users across all life sciences of relevance to New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wellbeing.

The platform represents a new, strategic approach to Government investment in genomics that allows New Zealand to build on its existing research capability and remain agile to respond to future opportunities in technologies and approaches.

MBIE will now work closely with Genomics Aotearoa as the platform undergoes a six month establishment phase which will involve developing a research agenda and work programme.

Read more information on the investment.

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