McGill University– Bioinformatics Service, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton Research and Development Centre

Solicitation number 01R11-20-C052

Publication date

Closing date and time 2020/01/28 15:00 EST


    McGill University– Bioinformatics Service, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton Research and Development Centre


    The Fredericton Research and Development Centre in Fredericton, NB, requires a service contract with McGill University bioinformatics services to assemble, analyze and store potato genome sequence data and develop a graphical online potato sequence viewer. The services provided by McGill University are:

    The work will consist of development of computer-based processes to analyze potato DNA sequences of 16 Diploid, 6 Polyploid and 12 Organellar genomes. Four components of service are required in this contract: 1. Assembly of raw sequence data, 2. Annotation of assembled sequences, 3. Storage of raw and processed (assembled and annotated) sequences and 4. Development of a graphical online potato sequence viewer to visualize multiple sequences simultaneously online. The sequence viewer will be delivered through the existing Potato Genome Diversity Portal at McGill University. 


    Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements :

    1. Assembly of raw sequence data;

    2. Annotation of assembled sequences;

    3. Storage of raw and processed (assembled and annotated) sequences; and

    4. Development of a graphical online potato sequence viewer to visualize multiple sequences simultaneously online.


    The contract will be from date of contract award to April 20, 2020

    ESTIMATED VALUE: $ 311,404.00 plus applicable taxes. 


    McGill University

    Department of Plant Science

    21, 111 Lakeshore

    Ste-Anne-de Bellevue, Quebec

    H9X 3V9


    The Department of Plant Science at the McGill University utilizes novel resources and innovations, including a reference genome sequence for a non-AAFC natural diploid potato (GON1) not available elsewhere, and the Potato Genome Diversity Portal which was developed by McGill University both of which will be required to develop the graphical online sequence viewer. The portal is unique and is currently housing the GON1 reference sequences that will be required for analysis. McGill University owns the portal and the IP that was used to develop it. The newly developed sequence viewer that will be housed in the portal will be required for comparative analysis of AAFC sequences with unique non-AAFC sequences also stored in the portal. McGill University is the only service provider with the capacity to deliver on all four (4) deliverables described in the “Definition of Requirements”. There is no other know supplier that has the capacity to deliver a graphical online potato sequence viewer for visualizing AAFC potato genome sequences along with non-AAFC potato genome sequences. 


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    Colby Collinge, Materiel Manager

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Western Service Centre

    300 – 2010 12th Avenue

    Regina, SK S4P 0M3

    Phone: (306) 523-6546


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    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    1341 Baseline Road
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0C5
    Contracting authority
    Collinge, Colby
    2010 12th Avenue, Room 300
    Regina, SK, S4P 0M3

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    1341 Baseline Road
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0C5
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