University of Calgary

We graciously thank the Faculty of Medicine for access to labs, the Department of Biological Sciences and the Schulich School of Engineering Activities Fund. Additionally, we wish to thank the office of the Vice President of Research for their generous support.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) facilitates the growth of technical industries by supporting quality research in Alberta's particular fields of expertise. These include nanotechnology, information communication technology, and genomics. AITF works in joint effort with entrepreneurs and researchers to ensure that Alberta’s technologies can be sustained at a business level through commercialization and growth.

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency's (ALMA) programs stimulate innovation and encourage the adoption of best practices, develop new technologies and state-of-the-art processes for the livestock market. The agency’s priority areas are market access, streamlining the regulatory burden, synergistic growth, domestic positioning and information flow.


Asana is a web and mobile application designed to improve the way teams communicate and collaborate.

Biological Sciences (University of Calgary)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is a community of scholars who share a commitment to insightful, innovative, and integrative research in diverse areas of life sciences, from biomolecules to the biosphere, and to the development of future leaders in the basic and applied biological sciences through excellence in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Bio Basic Inc.

Bio Basic Inc. is committed to innovation and excellence. Bio Basic Inc. offers a breath of products and services to customers worldwide. Several of their product lines, such as, Molecular Biology Kits, Biochemicals, Synthetic Genes and Synthetic Oligos, have been widely recognized by customers worldwide.

Core DNA Services (University of Calgary)

Core DNA Services are a multi-user core facility and provide custom oligonucleotide (DNA and RNA) synthesis and automated DNA sequencing and fragment analysis services to both academic and commercial researchers.

Genome Alberta

In partnership with Genome Canada Industry Canada and the Province of Alberta, Genome Alberta was established in 2005. They are a publicly funded non-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. Genome Alberta strives to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and bioethics research in Alberta. Genome Alberta is dedicated to informing students, researchers, research organizations, our partners, and the public regarding opportunities and challenges in genomics and proteomics, and in encouraging the development of a Life Sciences research industry in Alberta.


GenScript is a leading biology company focusing on early drug discovery and development services. Producing a portfolio of services that include Bio-Reagent, Bio-Assay, Lead Optimization, and Antibody Drug Development which can be effectively integrated into their customers value chain and their customers operations.

Integrated DNA Technologies

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) is a leader in manufacturing and developing products for the research and diagnostic life science market. IDT serves the areas of academic research, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical development. Founded by Dr. Joseph Walder in 1987, IDT’s development has been guided by an uncompromising approach to quality, a belief in the value of good service, and a determination to minimize consumer costs. IDT now has over 500 employees and ships over 20 000 oligos per day. Serving over 70 000 life sciences researchers, IDT is widely recognized as the industry leader in custom oligonucleotides.

Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (University of Calgary)

Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) based in the Faculty of Science is a cross-faculty research and graduate training institute at the University of Calgary that develops cost-effective solutions to the environmental challenges of energy production and use.

Kapa Biosystems

Kapa Biosystems was founded in 2006 to develop next-generation PCR reagents. Their molecular evolution technology platform is currently being used to optimize enzymes for DNA amplification, next-generation DNA sequencing, and molecular diagnostic applications.

New England Biolabs

For over 30 years, New England Biolabs (NEB) has led the industry in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications. Presently, NEB supplies more than 240 restriction enzymes, over 160 of which are available in recombinant form, as well as numerous recombinant DNA and protein modifying enzymes.

O'Brien Centre for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (University of Calgary)

The O'Brien Centre for the Bachelor of Health Sciences is part of the University of Calgary located in the Foothills campus. It is responsible for providing iGEM team with lab space as well as funding. The O’Brien Centre was founded in part by a generous $5-million donation by David and Gail O’ Brien, after whom the Centre was named. David O'Brien has been a member of the University's Board of Governors, while Gail O'Brien has chaired the Faculty of Medicine's Dean's Advisory Council. The O’Brien Centre is the hub of top-notch research, interdisciplinary research, and education. It is responsible for providing approximately $9-million/year for researchers. The 2013 iGEM team thanks O’Brien Centre for its generous contribution of the O’Brien Centre Summer Studentship as well as lab space this year.


The Sarstedt Group develops, manufactures and sells equipment and consumables in the field of medicine and research. Ever since it was set up in 1961 the company has continued to grow to the point where it now employs a workforce of 2 500. The Sarstedt group manufactures their own products at their own production sites as well as develops concepts and finished products in their own R&D centre.

Schulich School of Engineering (University of Calgary)

We graciously thank the Schulich School of Engineering Activities fund for supporting our team. The Schulich School of Engineering is known for strong research, commitment to innovation and international excellence. The Schulich School is ranked among the top engineering schools in Canada and offers the highest entrance scholarships in the country.


The culmination of over a decade of planning, design, and construction to bring Calgary’s new Science Centre to life will light a spark of wonder and excitement in Southern Alberta. Facilitators will fuel curiosity. Exhibits and programs will ignite a sense of wonder and excitement. Conferences and events will act as a catalyst for innovation and new ideas. TELUS Spark is a place for people of all ages and abilities to let go and embrace the desire to explore and discover science, technology, and art in a way that their normal day-to-day life does not allow for.


VWR International is one of the world leaders in the distribution of laboratory materials. There are currently over 250 000 customers in North America and Europe, which is quite large for a biotechnology distributor. They are based in West Chester, Pennsylvania and specialize in the supply of chemicals, equipment, instruments, lab apparel, and lab furniture. They have been a significant sponsor of our iGEM team in the past and we appreciate their contribution to our team this year.