GlycoNet receives library of carbohydrate compounds from AITF

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By Chardelle Prevatt 

The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is delighted to announce the strengthening of its collaboration with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF). GlycoNet has recently received an extensive library of carbohydrate compounds from AITF.

“We are excited to accept the contribution as part of AITF’s ongoing commitment to our glycomics research,” said Elizabeth Nanak, GlycoNet Executive Director. “The carbohydrate compounds will help diversify our collection and present giant steps towards understanding the effects of carbohydrates (or glycans) on human biological systems.”

Todd Lowary, GlycoNet Scientific Director, explained, “These glycans will help accelerate the synthesis of oligosaccharides, defraying some costs associated with making these larger, more complex molecules.” Lowary added, “The final compounds will be useful in screening experiments, with the ultimate goal of finding new therapeutics.”

“This contribution from AITF will greatly facilitate GlycoNet in achieving its vision and we look forward to extending our partnership,” said Lowary.

The collaboration between AITF and GlycoNet was officialised by a three-year funding agreement to enhance GlycoNet’s research and development (R&D)
programs, training and network initiatives.

More about:         

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) is dedicated to supporting innovation, research, science and technology advancements in Alberta. AITF builds a globally competitive marketplace in Alberta through facilitating the commercial use of new technologies; developing new knowledge-based industry clusters; and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in the province. 

Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is a pan-Canadian, multidisciplinary research network aiming to deliver solutions to important health issues and improve the quality of life of Canadians through the study of glycomics. GlycoNet is funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence, a Government of Canada program that supports large-scale, academic-led research networks to build research capacity and accelerate the creation of new knowledge in a specific research area.

For more information, please contact:
Chardelle Prevatt
Communications Associate
Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet)
780.492.4355 / prevatt@ualberta.ca

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