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Investment in The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC)

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Active

Competition

Genomics Technology Platforms

Genome Centre(s)

GE3LS

No

Project Leader(s)

Fiscal Year Project Launched

2024-2025

Project Description

The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC) was founded in 2011 and intends to position Canada as a global leader in metabolomics, the study of the small-molecule interactions that determine how living organisms interact with their environment. TMIC is proud to be Canada’s national metabolomics research and service facility, consisting of nine nodes operated by world-renowned scientists at universities in four provinces, with more than $30 million in cutting-edge analytical equipment, over 40 highly cited bioinformatics tools, and more than 59 validated metabolomics tests. Through these resources, the Centre serves clients in academia, government, and diverse industries, including sectors such as food production and safety, environmental analysis, and precision health. The need for metabolomics services, analysis, and collaborations continues to grow on a yearly basis, and TMIC is excellently positioned to support this need.

Following an in-depth assessment of future trends and with the assistance of Genome Canada’s Technology Development funding, TMIC will be developing a variety of new metabolomics tools, including ISO-compliant assays for human and animal health, expanded assays to measure environmental and dietary chemical exposures, novel assays to assess exposure to a wide variety of mycotoxins, and techniques to measure metabolites in low cell-count or even single-cell settings. These new analytic techniques will be supported by TMIC’s world-leading expertise in bioinformatics and database development, with several complementary data and bioinformatics tools being developed in coordination. With its expanded technology portfolio, TMIC will continue to be at the forefront of metabolomics innovation and fulfil its mission to serve and strengthen the metabolomics enterprise in Canada for the benefit of all Canadians.

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