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Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster announces first cohort of projects

By DE Staff   


Worth $40 million, first seven products include Precision Health, Data Commons and Digital Twins.

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster announced its first seven projects, totalling $40 million in investment over three years, comprised of $15 million from the Supercluster and more than $25 million from industry, research and academic partners.

The first cohort is focused on advancing Canada’s development and application of digital technologies to solve some of the most pressing challenges in the natural resources, healthcare, and industrial sectors. These projects can strengthen the early detection and treatment of skin cancers, improve the prediction of manufacturing failures and analyze the economic and environmental impacts of resource projects.

Each project is industry-led, with each project team including five to nine partners collaborating to tackle ambitious technology development challenges that require their collective expertise to solve. The partners leverage British Columbia’s and Canada’s powers in data analytics, genomics, quantum computing, and virtual, mixed and augmented reality.

The seven projects approved under the Technology Leadership Programs are:

  • Learning Factory Digital Twin
  • Predictive Analytics for Manufacturing Processes
  • Forest Machinery Connectivity
  • Earth Data Store
  • Tailored Health – Pharmacogenetics
  • Dermatology Point-of-Care Intelligent Network
  • Secure Health & Genomics Data Platform

“Canadian business face new challenges, but also new opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Charles Lavigne, CEO and Co-founder of LlamaZOO Interactive. “By integrating technologies including AI, simulation, IIoT, big data fusion, and visualization, we can invent new ways of digitally twinning the manufacturing process. These digital twins will then be used to derive new meaningful insights, enhance the learning process and accelerate not only business outcomes but also educational outcomes for Canadian industries. LlamaZOO is excited to work with our Digital Technology Supercluster partners and to have the opportunity to accelerate economic growth, productivity, and competitiveness in Canada.”


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