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Canadian Data Integration Centre

Status: 
Active
Competition: 
Genomics Technology Platforms 2016 Competition for Operations Support and Technology Development Funds
Sector: 
Technology
Genome Centre(s):
Ontario Genomics
Project Leader(s):
Philip Awadalla, Lincoln Stein, Vincent Ferretti, Jared Simpson, John Bartlett (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2017-2018
Project Description: 

The Canadian Data Integration Centre (CDIC) is an international leader in genomics, bioinformatics and translational research, supporting some of the world’s largest programs in genomic data analysis, genomic and clinical data hosting, cancer data analyses and access and the development of algorithms for advanced sequencing technology. The CDIC’s services range from small, bespoke data integration solutions to comprehensive large-scale genomic analyses and include the ability to handle difficult and small-volume biosamples, enabling investigators to maximize the utility of scant or rare clinical tissues. Its informatics and bio-computing core is the largest academic cancer informatics program in Canada and it is the only site in Canada to offer 3rd generation bioinformatics tools for researchers in genomics and functional and clinical genomics. In its first five years, CDIC has generated $87 millions in grants and $14 million in service revenue. 

Over the next five years, CDIC will develop new technologies and methodologies for long-read sequencing, for research and clinical application; roll out translational biomarkers of therapeutics response and prognosis for clinical applications and services; and develop already-identified pan-cancer biomarkers for biopsy diagnoses to make them clinic- and industry-ready.