It is my pleasure to thank the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) for the outstanding work it has done over the past year to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ontario.
The work you do has a direct impact on the lives of everyone in the province. It offers hope to the nearly 70,000 Ontarians who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and to many millions more around the world. The survival rate for most types of cancer is constantly improving – and your work is helping to make that happen.
OICR is recognized around the world for its leadership in cancer research. The Institute's high profile role – and that of its President and Scientific Director, Dr. Tom Hudson – in the International Cancer Genome Consortium is just one example of that leadership.
This could not happen without your strong commitment, not only to research, but to moving the resulting discoveries quickly from the lab through clinical trials and into the commercial marketplace where doctors around the world can use them to save lives.
Your work also contributes greatly to Ontario's economic prosperity. Over the past year you have helped to commercialize Ontario technologies that promise to advance the field of personalized cancer medicine. The payback for Ontario goes well beyond the obvious health benefits. These investments strengthen our innovation-based economy and create skilled jobs for Ontarians.
On behalf of both the government and people of Ontario, congratulations on your achievements over the past year, and my best wishes for your continued success in the years ahead.
Minister of Research and Innovation