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Toronto (Nov. 8, 2005) - A new laboratory facility opened today in Shanghai by the Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and University Health Network Vice President, Research, Dr. Christopher Paige will accelerate an international research program aimed at developing drugs for diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular and immune disorders.

The new laboratory, officially named the Shanghai-Toronto Institute for Health Research, is a joint initiative of University Health Network and the Institute for Health Science, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The institute is located on the campus of the Institute for Health Science and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. It features a state-of-the-art laboratory for identifying disease biomarkers as well as chemistry laboratories for analyzing potential new drugs.

The institute's Toronto counterpart, a new laboratory in the Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, will open in the coming months. In addition to accelerating cancer research and offering the promise of new cancer drugs, the joint program is expected to support a training exchange program for scientists and physicians and a commercialization portfolio for intellectual property. Premier McGuinty presided at the ribbon-cutting in Shanghai as part of the Ontario Trade and Investment Mission to China, a mission focusing on innovation and strengthening ties with the Asian powerhouse.

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