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Synthetic Biology Grantee Receives Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health Grant from Grand Challenges Canada

On June 29, 2011  Grand Challenges Canada announced their Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health Round 1 Grantees.  Nineteen innovators were awarded $100,000 grant   Synthetic Biology grantee, Ratmir Derda, received $100,000 for his proposal titled Paper as Enabling Platform for Cell-Based Assays for Basic Research and Medical Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Environment. 

Dr. Ratmir Derda, Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, and Associate Investigator at the Alberta Innovates Centre for Carbohydrate Science was one of nineteen innovators to be [image:1] nominated as  a Rising Star in Global Health by Grand Challenges Canada for his proposal titled Paper as Enabling Platform for Cell-Based Assays for Basic Research and Medical Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Environment. The paper-based platform for 3D microbial cultures used in this proposal was developed through his Synthetic Biology Futures Grant.

Through a rigorous peer review process, nineteen innovators’ proposals were selected from across Canada each receiving a grant of $100,000. If their ideas are robust, effective, and proven, the innovators will be eligible for an additional scale–up grant of up to $1 million for each proposal. There will be three rounds of Canadian Rising Stars for a total of $20 million. Of this amount, approximately $14 million will be available for scale-up grants.

In a first for a Canadian grant application process, these innovators each produced a short video to explain their ideas to Canadians. These videos are as creative as the ideas proposed, showing our innovators in a new engaging light. 

To see Dr. Derda’s video please click here or copy and paste the following URL into your browser http://www.grandchallenges.ca/canadianrisingstars_round1grantees/ratmirderda_en/.    

For more information about Dr. Derda’s lab and research please visit his lab’s webpage.