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.