South-to-South Collaboration on Genomics Innovation

Recent years have seen renewed recognition of the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) for development. A report by the United Nations Millennium Task Force stresses that no significant gains in meeting health concerns can be achieved without a focused policy on STI. This project will examine collaboration on genomics and health biotechnology between developing countries in order to understand what factors and conditions contribute to successful South-to-South collaboration. The countries under study include Brazil, China, Egypt, India and South Africa, and the countries with which they collaborate. Researchers will identify lessons from and devise models for programs that stimulate innovation. Based on the research findings, and in consultation with research users, they will devise policy measures to encourage South-to-South collaboration. The project is funded in partnership with Genome Canada.

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Start Date

Friday, January 26, 2007

End Date

Monday, October 26, 2009


27 months

IDRC Officer

O`Brien, Mr. David

Total funding

CA$ 311,970


Brazil, South America, China, Far East Asia, India, South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, Central Asia, South Asia, Egypt, Canada


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdottir (Ms.)


University of Toronto

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