FAQs

What are your goals and objectives?

1. Provide state-of-the-art DNA/RNA sample preparation, library construction and sequencing capabilities to support translational research

2. Evaluate and adopt/adapt new technologies and methodologies for research and clinical applications

3. Where no suitable technologies exist, develop and implement novel approaches and techniques

High throughput processing of samples, accomplished by the use of leading edge automation and robotics combined with a suite of Illumina sequencers, leads to the production of highly reproducible results across thousands of samples. OICR's Genomics and Bioinformatics team is able to provide collaborators with analyzed data ready to inform follow-on experiments.

How do I start a new project with OICR's Genomics and Bioinformatics team?

If you have a new genomics project, or are thinking about planning one, please feel free to contact us to set up a preliminary discussion. We are usually able to help scope out new projects and arrive at an experimental plan that makes sense from a scientific and budgetary perspective.

Once we have a better idea of what your sequencing project will entail, we'll ask that you complete a Project Information Form to define its goals and objectives. These forms are used to guide the work that goes into each project from start to finish.

Do you price match competitors?

We generally do not price match quotes from other genomics labs across Canada, as other groups have different strengths and weaknesses and may have proposed a project plan that is different from what we would recommend. If you would like us to provide a competitive project estimate, please provide us with your 3rd party quote and we will use it as a starting point to suggest a plan that fits your scientific requirements.

Oftentimes we can suggest a project that is smaller in scale without compromising your work. However, we have seen occasional cases where the right project is actually larger in scope.

What are the terms and conditions for your sample processing?

Please read our Terms and Conditions document to understand how we approach each project. It contains important information including details about our sample and data retention policies.

Can you run clinical samples? Is your lab CAP-CLIA certified?

Currently, we cannot run samples intended to be used in routine clinical diagnostics and our lab does not currently run any CAP certified assays. We are, however, continually evolving our laboratory quality standards towards meeting ISO 15189 guidelines for medical laboratories.