What is RNA Innovation?
The next revolution in biotechnology will be rationally designed
ribonucleic acid (RNA)-based systems, molecular machines and
devices. To prepare the next generation of RNA
researchers, the University of Lethbridge, Université de
Sherbrooke, and industry collaborators, have come together to
offer the RNA Innovation program. This unique partnership
produces highly qualified personnel with skills in
advanced RNA research, scientific leadership, and industry
The RNA Innovation program is comprised of two key components, an entrepreneurial research and development challenge (deepYellow Challenge) and an extensive internship program (the Twinning Program). In the deepYellow Challenge, trainees collaborate as a team to solve a complex scientific problem proposed by the program’s industry partners. Through the Twinning Program, all trainees are matched with a specific industry internship, providing students with mentorship and a personalized networking experience. Contacts developed during this time are extremely beneficial to the trainees for their future transition into the workforce.