At a special event on October 12, 2018, Fanshawe celebrated the grand opening of its Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB). This bright and modern state-of-the-art facility provides students and faculty with over 13,000 square feet of new biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics labs.
It also has incubator and research space for collaboration with industry partners.
Building of the Centre was made possible through a $4 million investment from the federal government as part of the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and a $2.2 million investment from the Government of Ontario. Fanshawe contributed $2.8 million toward the project.
“Fanshawe's Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology allows our student and faculty teams to offer collaborative research support to local biotechnology partners in the agri-food industry. This partnership enhances the student learning experience and prepares graduates for great jobs,” says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. “We thank our federal and provincial governments for their continued support of Fanshawe.”
- More than 13,000 square feet of new biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics teaching labs;
- Chemistry instrumentation includes liquid chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy, atomic absorption and FT-IR;
- Biosafety level 2 tissue culture facilities and laboratories;
- Industry research space consisting of three 90 square-foot offices with access to a 400 square-foot cell culturing facility.
Federal and provincial government quotes
“I'm proud to see a major federal program like the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund laying the groundwork for Fanshawe College to excel in research and innovation. These investments will drive economic growth in the London region and create new and exciting jobs for the middle-class.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport.
“Modern learning spaces are key to helping students develop the skills they need for the good jobs of today and tomorrow. Our government's investment in Fanshawe College is another step forward in our plan to boost innovation and create a more competitive Canada.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Fanshawe's new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology will provide access to high-quality education and training facilities to develop highly skilled and creative workers who will benefit the Canadian economy well into the future. This investment by the Government of Canada will create good, well-paying jobs that will help the middle class grow, prosper and keep up with the demands of a changing workplace, while delivering sustained economic growth for years to come.”
– Peter Fragiskatos, MP, London North Centre and Kate Young, MP London West
“World-class facilities, labs and modern learning spaces are essential for skills development and innovation. Thanks to our investment, students, professors and researchers at Fanshawe College will work in state-of-the-art facilities to advance research and innovation in Canada.”
– Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“This investment in Fanshawe College is part of the Ontario governments plan to provide access to high-quality education and training facilities to build a highly trained Ontario workforce. The Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology will ensure students have access to facilities that will advance research in biotechnology, chemistry and environmental technology so graduates will have the required skills to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
– Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry