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CanGlyco Facility

CanGlyco, a pan-Canadian glycomics facility managed by the Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet), was formed with the vision of becoming the world’s leading glycomics facility to accelerate the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation, sustainable, one-health innovations.

About the Facility

The facility is situated on the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, Kanien’kehà:ka, Huron-Wendat, Seneca, Haudenosaunee, Anishanaabe, and the Coast Salish peoples, including the Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem, Squamish, and Musqueam Nations. We acknowledge those who came before us and honours those whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence and enhance our vibrant community.

The nodes of the facility are across seven regions in Canada.

The facility operates as fully integrated national platform with nodes in Montreal (Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, CHU Sainte-Justine, Institut national de la recherche scientifique), Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children), Hamilton (McMaster University), Edmonton (University of Alberta), and Burnaby (Simon Fraser University), providing a suite of services aimed at marshalling the enabling potential of glycomics research to accelerate bio-innovation and bio-manufacturing of novel products and processes for health, agriculture, ocean, environment, and many other areas of interest to Canadians.

Here at the facility, our comprehensive glycomics services include high-throughput glycan screening, glycan profiling and analysis, glycan-ligand discovery, glycoengineering, custom carbohydrate synthesis, microbial glycome analysis, and more.


Our Services

Our facility nodes are underpinned by world-leading glycomics experts. Together, these nodes deploy emerging technologies, integrate new protocols, and create new tools to provide state-of-the-art glycomics tools to tackle important academic and industrial problems. We drive innovations that will ultimately provide “Made-in-Canada” solutions to critical challenges in healthcare, agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Our services, instruments, technologies and professional services are available to all researchers, from Canada and abroad, across academic, private, and government sectors. The facility’s scientific and technical personnel provides high-quality, high-throughput, and competitively priced products and services to all of its clients. Additionally, we also provide services supporting a wide range of glycomics applications, such as pre-clinical development and glycan engineering.

Please check our detailed services on Equipment and Services.


Our Expertise

CanGlyco promotes knowledge mobilization and technology transfer through a diverse team at seven regional centres, each of which has a strong track record in method and technology development.  Examples of these platforms include:

The economic sectors serviced by our facility extend far beyond biomedical research and biotechnology. Our unique service portfolio will also drive academic and market place innovation in agriculture, plant biotechnology, biomaterials, environment, biofuels, disease surveillance, clinical management, and many others.


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