The provincial government has announced $1.5 million in funding over five years for the retention of scientists at the U of S’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), said a provincial government news release.
“The province’s support enables us to continue to retain scientists and staff in Saskatchewan, and to provide a world-class research environment that supports our progress in the prevention of infectious disease,” said VIDO director Lorne Babiuk.
VIDO is a global leader in vaccine research to control diseases in both humans and animals. Current areas of research include enhancement of vaccine efficiency as well as development of single-dose vaccines, vaccines for food and water safety, and vaccines against influenza, hepatitis C and SARS.
Saskatchewan Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline, on behalf of Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Wartman, said Oct. 3 the money will enhance VIDO's initiatives.
"VIDO is an important component of the growing research and development cluster in Saskatchewan," Cline said. "The province's support enables us to continue to retain scientists and staff in Saskatchewan.”