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Canadore’s Genomics Lab utilized for COVID-19 testing

Canadore College is partnering with a Sudbury company to conduct COVID-19 testing.

RapidScreen is a private COVID-19 testing enterprise that offers a quick turnaround between testing employees for coronavirus and getting results.

“Canadore College welcomes the opportunity to contribute technology and expertise to increase the capacity of the private sector to test for COVID-19,” said Canadore College President and CEO, George Burton. “We have always intended our Genomics Lab to lead research into health and wellness, and our partnership with RapidScreen is another opportunity for us to do that.”

The Genomics Lab at Canadore includes two DNA sequencers and an array of associated equipment to enhance applied research capacities to better understand and prevent disease. The College is exploring a research component to the RapidScreen partnership. Canadore is one of only a few colleges in Ontario to have the infrastructure necessary to establish the relationship with the RapidScreen.

“The Genomics Lab gives Canadore students the opportunity to participate in this specialized research as part of their education and training,” said Burton. “Our relationship with companies like RapidScreen gives us recognition at provincial, national and international levels that we can use to attract more students into our science programs. That is positive news for Canadore, North Bay, and the province of Ontario.”

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