10,000 ways: a new podcast series about leading-edge science and the joy of discovery

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s new podcast will share inspirational stories about some of Canada’s up-and-coming and accomplished researchers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — As exhilarating and rewarding as it is, the process of innovating is challenging and complex. It requires trial and error, and a tremendous amount of perseverance and dedication. The Canadian research ecosystem is full of inspirational stories about the personal pursuits of researchers who have achieved significant results, advancing research for the greater good of society.

Today, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is launching a new podcast series, 10,000 ways, which showcases the outstanding work of researchers in Canada and follows the inspirational — and sometimes revealing — journeys they took to find success.

Why 10,000 ways?

The title — 10,000 ways — refers to a quote attributed to inventor Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” Throughout his career, Edison demonstrated optimism even when confronted with ongoing challenges. His tenacity ultimately brought him great success. Edison’s legacy is manifest in researchers around the world, and Canadians are no exception. In each episode of 10,000 ways, both up-and-coming and established researchers working in facilities funded by the CFI reveal their motivations, discoveries and hopes for future generations.

Two episodes now available:

Rapid diagnostics: Nano discoveries and mega resultsMcMaster University researcher Leyla Soleymani reveals her passion for the miniature world of nanotechnology. Her work and commitment to collaboration has led her and her colleagues to inventions ranging from rapid tests for monitoring cancer and cardiovascular diseases to a plastic wrap that repels pathogens like rain drops off a lotus leaf.

Listen to this episode (Rapid diagnostics: Nano discoveries and mega results)

Vaccination consteRNAtion. University of British Columbia researcher, Anna Blakney, explains the origins of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Although the curious and the hesitant have wondered how a vaccine to fight COVID-19 could have been brought to market so quickly, mRNA vaccines have been in development for over three decades.

Listen to this episode (Vaccination consteRNAtion)

To listen to this, and other CFI podcasts, you can subscribe to the “Canada Foundation for Innovation” channel in your favourite podcast platform.


“Since 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has supported talented researchers as they strive to create a better world. We hope this new podcast series will inspire a new generation of researchers by delving into the challenges researchers overcome to pursue their passion, and by revealing the true joy they find in discovery.”

– Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

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