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Attack on Israel Touches the Canadian Genomics Space

Dr. Masood Rizvi (left, general manager of NRGene Canada) and Dr. Gil Ronen (CEO of NRGene) at Caesarea, Israel last February. Photo courtesy: Dr. Ben Gradus

NRGene, which operates a satellite office in Saskatchewan, has 40 employees based in Ness Ziona near Tel Aviv.

Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel in October is having reverberations for those in the Canadian genomics space.

Masood Rizvi, general manager of NRGene Canada based in Saskatoon, Sask., is just one of many Canadians in active contact with co-workers based in Israel who are coping as best they can following the unprecedented attack.

NRGene’s head office is in Ness Ziona, a city in Israel’s Central District, just south of Tel Aviv. Approximately 40 employees work there.

NRGene develops and commercializes AI-based genomic tools and provides some of the largest ag-based companies in the world with computational tools to optimize and accelerate breeding programs.

In May 2020, NRGene announced its intentions to run local operations in Canada to serve customers here in Canada and also in the United States. The office, opened the following year, is located in Saskatoon’s agriculture research cluster, close to research institutes like the University of Saskatchewan.