DNA Building Open for Business

The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) congratulates Trent University and its partners on the opening of the DNA Building at Trent that will be home to the Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster.  The new building, located on the University’s Symons Campus, is an important milestone in the effort to establish and grow a new and exciting knowledge-based economy in the Peterborough region.
The 60,000 square feet of space that officially opened today comprise of wet and dry laboratories and shared research space. The primary occupants are Trent University researchers associated with DNA/Forensic Research and Training, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster Corporation. In future the site will also accommodate another similar sized expansion designed to accommodate new research and business opportunities.
The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster is an exciting regional economic development initiative focused on commercializing regional DNA and related life sciences innovation, built on strategic alliances between private and public sector participants. The cluster is founded on a multi-party collaboration between Trent University, the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC), Fleming College, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and private sector representatives.
“We congratulate Trent University and the DNA Cluster on this important accomplishment.  The Cluster will help to shape the future of the region and we’re excited about the prospects for the community,” said Jay Amer, General Manager, GPA EDC. “In our role as economic developers, we look forward to working with the DNA Cluster to foster growth in this sector to bring additional skilled jobs to the community.”
The GPA EDC identified Biotech and Life Sciences/DNA as an effort priority in its 2006-2010 Strategic Plan released earlier this year.  A variety of GPA EDC investment attraction activities are directed to support this sector with an emphasis on related analytics, diagnostics, information management, environment, animal and plant science and human forensics.
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