Augmenting its bioinformatics horsepower, OICR has added Francis Oulette, formerly director of UBC's Bioinformatics Centre, and SAB member for Blueprint. as part of an overall increase in bioinformatics staff :
The Ontario Institute of Cancer Research plans to nearly double its research staff over the next two years as it gears up to create a bioinformatics infrastructure to accommodate planned sequencing research, according to an institute official.Last year, the Government of Ontario funneled the equivalent of $350 million into the Toronto-based institute, which, having grown out of the Ontario Cancer Research Network, aims to translate cancer research into drugs and new technologies......That impact has attracted almost 40 others since the institute opened last year. It currently employs 57 people, according to Hudson, who said that number will grow to more than 100 over the next two years with slots filled for biology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and computer science.So far, there are eight spots filled in the center’s Informatics and BioComputing department, which Stein oversees. Six more have been hired, including four sequencing technicians who start Aug. 27, Hudson said.The cancer center is set up to accommodate a 16-node cluster, with tools provided by IBM, and has a 300-square-foot room set aside to house its server, according to Hudson. He said the facility spent around CA$1 million dollars on computer equipment.