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									     Trent University and
     The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster
      Summer 2004

The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster                  With Trent University as a central partner in this              The University has been pivotal to the development of
is an exciting strategic alliance between local public and   initiative, opportunities for teaching and learning at          the Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster, as has
private sector partners. The primary focus of the Cluster    many different levels will be integral to the life of the       been community leadership. Trent will continue to be a
is to advance research in DNA, forensic and life sciences    Cluster – especially the prospect of looking at the             core partner, so it is important to provide a perspective
and develop their practical applications.                    subject of DNA forensics from a variety of vantage              on how Trent came to participate in the Cluster, where
                                                             points and disciplines.                                         the University fits within its structure, and what the
                                                                                                                             future could hold. s

                          The Right Stuff.
                                      Trent’s Role in the DNA Cluster.
                                         The Search for a Regional Economic Focus
                                                             In response to the changing face of economic develop-          Initial findings pointed to regional expertise related to
                                                             ment and de-industrialization in the region, the Greater       the environment, but further refinement pointed to
                                                             Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation             DNA research and applications as a niche where the
                                                             (GPA EDC) undertook a series of community consulta-            region had an exceptional advantage, with key compo-
                                                             tion sessions in 1998, with the objective of identifying       nents and partners already in place. In early 2002, a
                                                             regional strengths for future economic progress and            business/feasibility study was commissioned to capture
                                                             expansion. The goal was to define a “personality” for          the existing and potential synergies between the private
                                                             the region that would move the area toward an identity         and public sector partners to develop a vision for the
                                                             of excellence. A number of Trent University faculty            DNA Cluster that would tie to the strategic goals of all
                                                             participated along with other community leaders in             partners. A strategy session was held in June 2002 at
                                                             both the public and private sectors.                           which the vision and proposed structure for the Cluster
                                                                  In its 2000 Strategic Plan, the GPA EDC made it           were endorsed. Action steps to move forward were
                                                             a priority to pursue the formation of a unique                 identified, including plans for the required infrastruc-
                                                             Peterborough-based regional cluster, with the goal to          ture and the soft costs involved in the coordination of
                                                             harness local innovation and develop a stronger regional       projects and research requirements. Many of the building
                                                             economy. In spring 2001, as part of an Ontario                 blocks were already in place, and a strong consensus
                                                             Competitive City-Regions (OCCR) pilot project, a               emerged that the formation of a Peterborough-based
                                                             symposium was held and a report developed outlining            DNA Cluster was a viable and exciting opportunity for
                                                             cluster opportunities in the Greater Peterborough Area.        the region. s

                                                             Clusters are defined as concentrations of interconnected companies, suppliers, service providers, and
                                                             associated institutions within a common area of strength that are present in a region. They arise
                                                             because they increase competitiveness, productivity and innovation, and drive economic growth.

The Cluster Vision                                                                         “ Never has this region seen an economic prospect with so much real potential.
                                                                                            Similarly, Trent is on the brink of making leaps in its reputation for excellence in
The vision for the Cluster is driven by DNA research,                                       the sciences, social sciences and humanities. A campus that is fully engaged in
led by Trent University, and its commercialization                                          the Cluster, its development and goals will only enhance that success.”
potential. DNA-related technology is expected to
                                                                                            Bonnie Patterson
transform the world, opening up opportunities for new
                                                                                            President and Vice-Chancellor, Trent University
processes, services and products that will have wide-
spread growing demand. The foundations of the DNA
Cluster lie in the core strengths of the partners. The
Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre          the NRDPFC at Trent is recognized as the home of                Since the DNA Cluster was identified, community
(NRDPFC), a laboratory partnership between Trent             world-class, extensive expertise and experience in robotics,    support for the initiative has been enormous and the
and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources                automation, data management capability (via laboratory          Cluster’s progress has been exponential. Thanks to a
(OMNR), has considerable expertise in DNA and                information management systems – LIMS), and high                unique combination of abilities at Trent University,
forensic research and services in support of natural         throughput DNA profiling. Dr. White and his team cur-           Fleming College, the OMNR, the GPA EDC – and
resource management and conservation – with                  rently perform a wide array of DNA-related collection,          the interest of both private and public partners –
comprehensive genetic information on wildlife, fish,         testing and archiving work for various applications.            Peterborough is now recognized as a “node” in the
plants, and forests.                                              The DNA Cluster also links to other environmental          corridor of Biotechnology Clusters being developed in
     A major strength for the DNA Cluster is also in         work being conducted by Trent, Fleming and the                  Ontario and has been funded by Human Resources
the link to Fleming College with campuses in both            OMNR, including a focus on forensics, applying auto-            Development Canada (HRDC), Industry Canada,
Peterborough and Lindsay, not only related to the            mated DNA analysis to water quality, pollution control          through the Community Futures Corporation, the
potential to develop specific applied programs to train      and disease prevention.                                         Ontario Biotechnology Cluster Innovation Program
future skilled workers, but also to Fleming’s Geomatics           In addition to that emerging from the NRDPFC,              (BCIP), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI),
and GIS expertise, as mapping and geographic connec-         commercial potential can also be driven by private sector       and several private individuals. s
tions can be applied to forensic quests involving DNA.       partners, where real opportunities exist to automate
     In fact, there is no other region in Canada that has    and improve the processes related to collecting DNA
as much in-depth expertise in fish & wildlife as exists      field data, conducting DNA testing and the archiving
in Peterborough. The work of Dr. Bradley White and           of DNA-related information.
                                                                                                 Ontario’s Biotechnology Corridor

                                                                             Ontario Life Sciences Council

                                                                                               “It’s not just about DNA. It’s about developing knowledge-based
                                                                KEDCO Bio Incubator             innovation that will have a substantial impact on economic growth
                                                                                                throughout the Peterborough region. In short, the region is counting
                                                                                                on the DNA Cluster and the ability of all partners to work toward its
                                                                                                long term success.”
           MaRS Landing                                DNA Cluster
           GUELPH                                      PETERBOROUGH
                                                                                                Denis Ferkany
                                         MaRS                                                   President, Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster

     A Brief History of the
     Cluster’s Development                     DNA Expertise at Trent
                    1998                       Trent University, with the involvement of its partners, provides             Ontario Provincial Police
       Initial community consultations
                                               unparalleled DNA expertise and facilities to the Cluster:                    recently took a 40-hour
         undertaken by the GPA EDC
                                               •   Globally recognized leaders in wildlife DNA profiling and                accredited course at Trent to
                    2000                           research through the Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory and                learn more about scientific
       GPA EDC’s Vision 2020 sessions              the Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre                  method)
                                               •   Research expertise in emerging disease relationships between        •    Community education through
                    2001                           human and animals, ie. Rabies, West Nile, SARS, BSE                      Continuing Education evening
       Regional industry cluster study
                                               •   Post-secondary educational component through the new                     classes in DNA forensics
                                                   Bachelor of Forensic Science degree in conjunction with             •    Youth education through the
     Establishment of the Peterborough             Fleming College                                                          highly popular DNA Summer
        DNA Cluster (now the Greater           •   Professional development for law enforcement and other                   Camp
     Peterborough Region DNA Cluster)              professionals through credit courses in DNA forensics (the
         and its founding directorate

      Community information sessions                                                      “The Innocence Projects in the U.S. have exonerated 144 individuals through the use
             on the DNA Cluster
                       •                                                                    of DNA evidence. Some of these individuals were on death row because the legal
     Success in attracting funding from                                                     process was inappropriate. Forensic Science is reversing these wrongful convictions
       HRDC, Industry Canada, BCIP,                                                         … At Trent, Forensic Science is a perfect forum for problem-based learning as it
                 and the PPG
                       •                                                                    brings together many scientific disciplines with important issues in the Social
        Executive coordinator hired                                                         Sciences and Humanities. It brings disparate parts of the University together with
            Administrator hired                                                             a goal to improve the justice system and minimize mistakes.”
       Board of Directors appointed
                                                                                            Dr. Bradley White
                    2004                                                                    Canada Research Chair, Conservation Genetics and Biodiversity
         $3.6 million grant from Canada
      Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to
         begin construction of the DNA
               Partnership Building            Dr. Bradley White – the spark behind a regional initiative
          Incorporation as the Greater         Dr. Bradley White’s expertise in DNA research is at the centre of       resources for future generations with particular attention to
      Peterborough Region DNA Cluster          the DNA Cluster. Dr. White has a long-established, international        endangered species such as the right whale, beluga whale, swift
                         •                     reputation for breaking new ground in the area of DNA research.         fox, Puerto Rican parrot and San Clemente shrike. s
       Information sourced for building        By employing the latest in automated genomic test equipment,
          #1, including a new DNA and          he is developing a robotic system capable of providing high-
       Forensic Science Centre on Trent
                                               volume, low-cost DNA sampling and profiling. From the genetics
    University land – costing, site location
    alternatives, tenant requirements and      of autism to DNA databases for enforcement, Dr. White’s research
     preliminary functional plan complete      has touched on issues that dominate today’s headlines.
                         •                           A Canada Research Chair in Conservation Genetics, Dr. White
        Blue Ribbon team assembled to
     develop business case for building #1
                                               is also the founder of the Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory. Dr.
                         •                     White deliberately moved his laboratory from McMaster University
           Definitive Memorandum of            to Trent University in 1997 because the OMNR relocated its head-
    Understanding between DNA Cluster
                                               quarters to Peterborough. In collaboration with the OMNR, Dr.
                 and MaRS signed
                         •                     White directs the Natural Resources DNA Profiling & Forensic
    Executive Director and Administrator       Centre where DNA profiles are being developed for populations of
     elected to President and Corporate
                                               caribou, moose, white-tailed deer, wolves, black bears and elk, as
     Secretary/Treasurer, respectively, of
            the Cluster organization           well as the tracking of rabies in Ontario.
                         •                           Under Dr. White’s supervision, other projects are exploring
      County Council incorporates DNA
                                               genetic mapping of autism, databases for law enforcement,
        Cluster into County Official Plan
                         •                     bioinfomatics, biorepositories, and environmental mutogenics
    Request for proposal for partnership       and toxicogenics. His work also focuses on conserving natural
     by Ontario Provincial Police forensic
         identification laboratory team
    GPRDC moved into transitional offices
       on the campus of Trent University
                                               The New Bachelor of Forensic Science Degree at Trent
     Comprehensive study of multi-party        Trent University’s Forensic Science degree integrates the study of      graduates with the latest knowledge and expertise in the field of
    IP agreements, recommendations for         science, law, and investigative practice and theory, and is designed    DNA forensics. The valuable partnerships established by Trent
     GPRDC policy, and in-depth market
            capacity study completed
                                               and taught with the support of the Centre for Law and Justice at        and Fleming with the community of forensic practitioners will
                         •                     Fleming College. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in        ensure the degree's courses and teaching methods are informed
       Commercialization Business Plan         Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S.).                                           by current forensic theory and practice. s
     developed and approved by GPRDC
                                                    Offered for the first time in fall 2004, the B.Sc.F.S. will
                         •                     provide another important feature in the DNA Cluster, by providing
     Funding submissions made to BCIP,
2                OSTAR, KBEF, OIT
An Environment Rich in Research
                                                                                                                                                    Key Partners in the
The new infrastructure provided by the DNA Cluster’s presence               University as a whole. Principal users of the facility will be:
on Trent University’s campus will support research programs that            • Ingrid Brenner, Nursing and Biology                                   DNA Cluster
go beyond wildlife management, wildlife disease and automated               • Craig Brunetti, Biology
DNA profiling. Cancer, molecular physiology, water quality, pollu-          • Neil Emery, Biology                                                   Along with Trent University and its
tion control, plant biotechnology, forensic science, conservation           • Leslie Kerr, Psychology and Biology                                   unique expertise in DNA research,
genetics and biodiversity represent some of the research interests          • Dennis Murray, Biology                                                a number of public sector partners
already underway.                                                           • Chris Wilson, OMNR and Biology                                        figure prominently in the Greater
     The Trent University faculty involved in this research consider        • Paul Wilson, Biology                                                  Peterborough Region DNA Cluster.
the Cluster development to be a boon to their research and the              • Janet Yee, Biology and Chemistry
                                                                            Some other faculty who may well use the facility include Anne
                                                                                                                                                    The Ontario Ministry of
                                                                            Keenleyside, Gary Burness, Michael Berrill, Carolyn Kapron, Chris
                                                                            Metcalfe, Erica Nol, Stephen Rafferty, and Jim Sutcliffe. s             Natural Resources (OMNR)
                                                                                                                                                    • National leader in wildlife and
                                                                                                                                                      natural resources research and
                                                                                                                                                      management including DNA analysis,
                                                “The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster will greatly enhance my work on the
                                                                                                                                                      forestry and landscape genetics
                                                 effects of stress, coping and the related biological changes on medical conditions such
                                                                                                                                                    • Foremost in the province in manag-
                                                 as cancer. The sharing of ideas, space and the research technology that will go into the
                                                                                                                                                      ing wildlife rabies, an important
                                                 new building will substantially buoy the funding required for my research. I’ll be able
                                                                                                                                                      public health hazard, through
                                                 to produce solid data that could not be done as easily without that infrastructure.”
                                                                                                                                                      research, training and program
                                                 Dr. Leslie Kerr                                                                                      delivery
                                                 Professor of Biology and Psychology, Research Focus: Stress and Cancer
                                                                                                                                                    Fleming College
                                                                                                                                                    • Strong environmental and natural
                                                                                                                                                      resources research and education
Hope for the Future – Community Support                                     Compelling Case Studies                                                 • Unique and exceptional infrastruc-
                                                                                                                                                      ture, expertise and capabilities for
If anything has made the Greater Peterborough Region DNA                    The city of San Diego provides an excellent example of just how           applied research and development
Cluster stand out to members of government and funding                      effective clusters can be. San Diego lost 100,000 jobs in defense         at the Centre for Alternative
agencies, it has been the immediate groundswell of support from             and, with the creation of a biotech cluster, realized 120,000 new         Wastewater Treatment pilot facility
the community of Peterborough and the surrounding region.                   jobs at a wage rate two-thirds higher than before. The city doubled     • Expert training and capabilities in
Since the public information session held in April 1993, commu-             its revenue to $1.3 billion. The San Diego Daily Transcript calls the     convergent technologies including
nity attention has been focused on the DNA Cluster and its                  cluster the “linchpin of economic health” for the region. North           robotics, automation and
prospects for success. After years of watching an exodus of young           Carolina and the University of Oakland present similar models             geographic information systems
talent, Peterborough sees the possibility of attracting high paying         where cyclical reinvestment produced dramatic economic results
jobs for educated professionals. Business and community leaders             with 131 organizations and 38,500 full-time positions in North
                                                                                                                                                    Greater Peterborough Area
look forward to seeing opportunities for commercialization and              Carolina. Through the DNA Cluster, Peterborough is poised to
the resulting spin-offs for the manufacturing and services sectors.         realize this kind of success. s
                                                                                                                                                    Economic Development
     In essence, the DNA Cluster has become the focal point, the                                                                                    Corporation
catalyst for a bright new future in our region.                                                                                                     • Valuable investment attraction,
                                                                                                                                                      economic and business support
                                                                                                                                                    • Key marketing and branding
                                                                                                                                                      capabilities, as evidenced by the
                                                                                                                                                      branding of the DNA Cluster to date
                                                                                                                                                      (Web site and multi-media branding
                                                                                                                                                      and communications tools in place)
                                                “The DNA Cluster will redefine the research that I carry out at Trent University through
                                                 the presence of state-of-the-art equipment and an integration of researchers from a                Private Partners
                                                 wide range of disciplines. The Cluster will therefore broaden the research base at Trent           • An example of a potential private
                                                 University creating a unique research environment in Canada to address issues within                 partner would be Maxxam Analytics
                                                 DNA and forensic sciences. This environment will allow me to tackle a range of                       Inc., recognized for innovation and
                                                 scientific questions that would have been impossible to address otherwise.”                          service in certified facilities for
                                                                                                                                                      forensic and analytical testing
                                                 Dr. Craig Brunetti
                                                                                                                                                      services. Maxxam has made
                                                 Department of Biology, Research Focus: Molecular Virology
                                                                                                                                                      contributions to the NRDPFC
                                                                                                                                                      and the use of its Chairman as a
                                                                                                                                                      Director and key contributor to
                                                                                                                                                      the DNA Cluster
                                                                                                                                                    • Other private partners may include
A Record of Corporate Partnership                   A Climate for Innovation                          Ethical Guidelines                              regional companies within the
and Community Support                                                                                                                                 biofoods, environmental and other
                                                                                                                                                      life sciences-related industries
Trent University is an institution built upon       In recent years, the importance of support-       As all Canadian universities do, Trent
corporate philanthropy and community                ing the commercialization of university           University operates under the strict guide-
                                                                                                                                                    Future partners will likely include:
support. The Canadian General Electric              research has been recognized by the federal       lines provided by the Tri-Council Policy
                                                                                                                                                    law enforcement agencies/police
Company contributed a component of                  and provincial governments. For their             Statement. As a condition of funding,
                                                                                                                                                    identification units. s
land, a core piece of the Symons campus             part, university presidents have committed        agencies require, as a minimum, that
today, and it was a letter from the president       through the Association of Universities           researchers and their institutions apply
of Quaker Oats that ignited the community           and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) to triple           the ethical principles and the articles of
of Peterborough behind a crusade for a              their commercialization performance,              this policy which was created through
university in the city. Quaker Oats later           assuming appropriate levels of support            Acts of Parliament. Leading all Canadian
made a significant corporate contribution           and complementary actions from govern-            universities in its category in terms of
to the founding of the University as did the        ment and industry. Canadian university            research funding and activity, Trent
company’s employees in 1963 – and the               presidents believe that they can collectively     University upholds the Tri-Council Policy
company continues its support to this day.          achieve this goal because they have               – and will continue to do so in its role
Partnerships and donations, both corporate          already invested significant resources in         within the DNA Cluster. s
and individual, and partnerships form a             commercialization activities and are
large part of University funding today. s           beginning to reap the benefits of these
                                                    long-term investments. s

    Another Gateway to Knowledge and Innovation
    The DNA Cluster presents an unprecedented opportunity to help create jobs in the Greater                                                                                  RESEARCH & INNOVATION

    Peterborough Region and to advance knowledge and research interests in the Trent University                    GPA EDC                Trent University          Fleming College               OMNR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Private & Other
    community. The coming together of a variety of partners with like interests will create synergies
                                                                                                              Attract new companies
    that will encourage more research activity and innovation. Discovery will spark commercial                to the region
    success; success will spur on new discovery and so on.

    The DNA Partnership Building on Trent’s Campus                                                                       Alliances
                                                                                                                                                               (Regional Innovation Network)

                                                                                                                                                                   • Identify Business Opportunities
                                                                                                                      (e.g. MaRS,                                  • Develop Business Plans
                                                                                                                 Provincial Clusters, other)                       • Marketing & Branding
    Forty-two years after the all-important       As discussions with partners progressed,                                                                         • Attract Investors/VCs
                                                                                                                                                                   • Internal & External
    donation of land from the Canadian            an early building concept was revamped                                                                            Communications

    General Electric Company to Trent             in favour of a modular design which                                                           Provincial Asset
                                                                                                                                                (Not-for-Profit)                                 Future Business
    University, Trent is now making a             would be highly adaptable and cost-                                                          Natural Resources         Pilot For-Profits        Opportunities
                                                                                                                                               DNA Profiling &          • Genomics Services
    significant contribution back to its          efficient, while reflecting the architectur-                                                 Forensic Centre            Testing Laboratory
                                                                                                                                                                        • Rabies Inc.
    community. Early on in the Cluster’s          al themes of more recent campus                                                                                       • Peripheral & Cord
                                                                                                                                                                          Blood Collection
    development, a key offering from Trent        construction, such as the award-winning                                                                               • Waste Water
    University was a commitment to make           Chemical Sciences Building. Outer con-                                                                                  Outreach Services

    land available on which to construct the      struction will reflect the campus’s natural
    DNA Partnership Building. In March            surroundings by using stone and metal,
    2004, Trent University researchers received   while inner spaces will be an expression of
                                                                                                                                                                   Investors and Entrepreneurs
    a $3.6 million grant from the Canada          functionality and co-location synergies.
    Foundation for Innovation (CFI) toward        Light weight, steel frame construction will
    the creation of the building. A provincial    provide high head room to accommo-
    matching grant from the Ontario               date a variety of tenant needs such as
    Innovation Trust (OIT) is expected to be      refractory towers and robotic equipment.
                                                                                                                                   ”The location of the Greater Peterborough Region DNA
    confirmed. The DNA Partnership                An interconnected pod concept focuses
                                                                                                                                     Cluster here at Trent University will bring together more
    Building is slated for completion             on collaborative working models and
                                                                                                                                     people working in DNA in general, provide opportunities
    December 31, 2005 and will be located         the sharing of lab spaces and equipment
                                                                                                                                     to share equipment and expertise, and hopefully, create
    on the East Bank of the Symons Campus,        between partners.
                                                                                                                                     new collaborations… I think the idea of having the Cluster
    set back beyond the residences                      Long-term plans allow for a
                                                                                                                                     on campus will be a good thing for everyone. The private
    at Otonabee College.                          future research park further east off
                                                                                                                                     partners of the Cluster would give Trent students insights
                                                  Pioneer Road.
                                                                                                                                     into how science is done in the commercial sector and
                                                                                                                                     learn about future job opportunities.”
                                                                                                                                     Dr. Janet Yee
                                                                                                                                     Professor of Biology, Research Focus: the parasite, Giardia Lamblia

                                                                                                 Benefits for Everyone at Trent
                                                                                                 Far from involving the sciences alone,                              widest variety of sociological, historical,
                                                                                                 the DNA Cluster will engage and                                     and ethical issues will be embraced.
                                                                                                 enrich the entire University campus.                                     Financial benefits also present them-
                                                                                                 Recommendations from Justice Fred                                   selves. With a successful cluster model,
                                                                                                 Kauffman following the inquiry into the                             Trent will attract more research support,
                                                                                                 wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin                               private and government funding, the best
                                                                                                 state that law enforcement agencies should                          students, and lasting donor relationships.
                                                                                                 be trained in and utilize scientific method.                        Other cluster models centred at universi-
                                                                                                 The new Bachelor of Forensic Science                                ties have demonstrated that associated
                                                                                                 recognizes the human and societal issues                            businesses create a long-term philan-
                                                                                                 integral to scientific advancement and                              thropic bond with the institution – and
                                                                                                 includes courses on legal procedures,                               those benefits have proven to extend to
                                                                                                 justice and society, and ethics. In the spirit                      the humanities and social sciences as well
                                                                                                 of true academic pursuit, debate on the                             as the sciences. s

                                                                                                 Science is the tool, personal integrity the guardian of truth, and intellectual
    A Bright Future                                                                              curiosity the motivational fuel in the professional world of the forensic scientist.

    Success breeds success and, with the          President and the rest of the GPRDC              •    Secure funding for operations and                                 •      Develop investment-grade business
    momentum of the DNA Cluster increasing        team, providing direction and advice for              key personnel in order to implement                                      plans for remaining pilot for-profit
    daily, Peterborough is poised to see the      the regional innovation network. The                  the strategy set out by the GPRDC.                                       business opportunities (Section 4),
    kind of achievements that other biotech       Board will also ensure transparency and               Sources of start-up funding will                                         in support of creating new businesses
    clusters have realized. Together with its     accountability of the GPRDC and                       include BCIP, Industry Canada and                                        in life sciences sector.
    partners, Trent University will be central    address important areas to the partners               contributions from Cluster members.                               •      Execute on planning and capital
    to those accomplishments – and the            and key stakeholders, including ethics,          •    Finalize partnership agreements with                                     sourcing for building #1 in order
    University is already seeing the positive     intellectual property policies, conflict of           OMNR and the OPP, addressing                                             to complete construction by end
    benefits of the Cluster’s reputation.         interest issues, commercialization mech-              membership in the DNA Cluster and                                        of 2005. s
                                                  anisms, networking and investment                     tenancy in building #1.
    Structure of the Cluster                      attraction.                                      •    Implement IP recommendations
                                                       The GPRDC Board is made up of                    beginning with the development                                    For Information:
    The Greater Peterborough Region DNA           the following members: Paul Scholfield                and execution of a multi-party                                           www.trentu.ca/dnacluster
    Cluster (GPRDC) is a non-profit organi-       (chair), John MacDonald (vice chair),                 Memoranda of Understanding                                               www.dnapeterborough.ca
    zation and, as such, is governed by a         Rick Krug, Bonnie Patterson, Jay Amer                 among the Cluster partners.                                              (705) 748-1011 ext. 7005
    Board of Directors. The Board will be         (acting), and John Martin.                       •    Develop investment-grade business
    responsible for the governance of the                                                               plan for the Genomics Services
    GPRDC organization and decision-              Looking Ahead                                         Testing Laboratory, and begin to
    making on membership rules, policies                                                                raise capital for the start-up of
    and future directions of the Cluster. The     The Greater Peterborough Region DNA                   this business in the Greater
    Board will hire the President and act as      Cluster plans on the completion and                   Peterborough region.
    strategic advisors to the                     implementation of several key first steps
                                                  in the coming months.

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