Provincial cuts a ‘body slam against science’ in Canada: Researchers

May 23, 2019

The Ontario government has cancelled funding for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which aims to get stem cell research from the lab to clinical trials and commercialization. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Institute’s five-year, $5M funding package from the government was its only revenue source. Christine Wood, press secretary for Todd Smith, Ontario’s minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, said that private sector funding will continue to support ORIM, but Director Duncan Stewart said private funding usually does not show up until key research initiatives are identified and supported through the transition to commercialization. The Citizen adds that other scientific organizations, including the Structural Genomics Consortium and the Gairdner Foundation, have also been faced with funding cuts. Ottawa Citizen ON