London politicians Kate Young and Peter Fragiskatos announced nearly $1.5 million in funding for local researchers Thursday

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A new batch of federal funds — nearly $1.5 million total — is flowing into Western University.

Five projects are receiving a boost from Ottawa after twin announcements by two London MPs Thursday.

Kate Young, the London West MP, announced $1.2 million in grants for Western researchers. The money will be spent on four new projects at the school, including:

  • new testing equipment for cochlear implant recipients
  • a new lab to study joint injury and degeneration
  • research into Huntington’s disease, and
  • train 15 new data analytics specialists to synthesize, map and connect philosophical literature.

London-based Cytognomix Inc. was awarded a $263,713 contract to work with Health Canada on software to test for radiation in human chromosomes.

The computer program can quickly analyze up to 500 images of chromosomes from a human blood sample, an automated process that’s much faster than the old manual screening carried out by lab personnel.

The software, downloaded on gaming laptops, has the potential to speed up radiation testing for patients around the world, said Cytognomix president Peter Rogan.

London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos made the Cytognomix contract announcement Thursday morning on behalf of acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jim Carr.

The six-figure sum awarded to the Western-linked business is part of the Build in Canada Innovation program, a federal government initiative to get goods from research labs to the global market.

The funding stream helps Canadian innovators enter the market, sell their invention without giving up intellectual property rights, get their creation tested in real-life settings and get feedback on their device. Military products can receive up to $1 million through the program, while all other innovations can earn $500,000.

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