50 new high quality jobs in Saskatoon through Government of Canada investment in Saskatchewan nuclear innovation

News release

Nuclear technologies will help diagnose and treat human disease and improve crop productivity

December 18, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

When innovative nuclear health and crop research thrives here at home, Canada’s economy benefits, as does the well-being of people around the world.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced that 50 new well-paying jobs will be created in Saskatoon thanks to a $2.2 million investment to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. Through this investment, the Fedoruk Centre will develop the Innovation Wing at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Innovation Wing will house specialized laboratories where university and industrial researchers will develop new drugs containing medical isotopes. These radiopharmaceuticals are used to detect and treat cancers and other diseases. In addition, a new imaging lab that is the first of its kind in Canada will enable researchers to use radioisotopes to better understand the flow of nutrients in plants and soil bacteria to improve crop productivity.

Quotes

“Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government of Canada is supporting innovative research that will benefit the health and well-being of people around the world, while contributing to a prosperous Canadian economy and growing the middle class. Funding towards this project is a reflection of our commitment to advance research in nuclear technology, medicine, and agriculture, while creating new commercial opportunities for western Canadians.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“For over 60 years, Saskatchewan has been home to pioneers in nuclear medicine and technology that have made us renowned the world over. Today, our government is investing in next-generation innovation that’s creating more good middle-class jobs and strengthening our industry.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Preparedness

“The Fedoruk Centre is deeply grateful to Western Economic Diversification Canada for helping to equip the Innovation Wing of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. This investment enables Saskatchewan researchers and students to create new nuclear imaging agents and prove their effectiveness in living plants or animals, to advance agricultural technologies, and to treat diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and heart disease.”

– John Root, Executive Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation

“This major federal investment in a key component of our University of Saskatchewan life sciences cluster enhances our unique-in-Canada capability for innovative imaging research related to humans, animals and plants. Our cyclotron’s new Innovation Wing will reveal underlying processes in living specimens that can lead to disease, complementing the outstanding biomedical imaging at our Canadian Light Source synchrotron and together improving health and agriculture in Canada.”

– Karen Chad, Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

Quick facts

  • Since 2011, the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences as provided medical isotopes for more than 5000 PET-CT scans of patients in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba, to diagnose and treat cancer.
  • As a growing nuclear imaging cluster in Saskatchewan, the Centre is enabling more than 20 young researchers to examine better ways to diagnose diseases, invent new detectors and targeted therapies, and apply nuclear imaging to advance agricultural sciences.
  • The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences has provided three companies with access to specialized facilities and expertise to accelerate new nuclear medical technologies towards the marketplace.

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Associated links

  • Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
  • Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Government of Canada invests in Saskatchewan innovation, training and economic development initiatives