Multi-City Celebration of Biotechnology Kicks off National Biotechnology Week

OTTAWA--()--From Vancouver to Halifax, events across the country will kick off National Biotechnology week tomorrow. From the creation of canola, to the first vaccine for polio, Canada has a long history of biotechnology excellence. Join the industry for a week of site facility tours, learning events, and seminars to celebrate Canadian biotechnology.

“Powered by the bio-economy,” National Biotechnology Week 2010 celebrates the integration of biotechnology into all aspects of Canada’s economy: in forestry, natural resource development, energy, health care and manufacturing, biotechnology offers solutions to modern problems while building a 21st century global bio-economy.

September 16 marks the official launch of the week in 5 locations across Canada, along with partners Genome Canada and Canada’s Genome centres and Canada’s National Biotechnology Accord, a network of biotechnology trade associations across Canada.

“This week is an opportunity for the Canadian public to learn first hand that biotechnology is something happening today, in labs, small businesses, hospitals and farms right in their home town,” explained Peter Brenders, President and CEO of BIOTECanada, the national association responsible for putting on this annual event.

“We are seeing a revolution: just as decoding the human genome offered new avenues for biotechnology researchers ten years ago, biotechnology today is opening new doors for manufacturing, health, forestry and energy production,” said Brad Thomson, BIOTECanada Board Chair “This week celebrates the growth of our new economy, and, through our industry strategy, Beyond Moose and Mountains, engages our partners in industry across the country on what we can do to make Canada’s economy strong.”

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Now in its seventh year, National Biotechnology Week engages over 5000 people in every region of the country in a national program to inform Canadians and share our biotechnology excellence. Participants can attend educational forums, tour Canadian biotech companies, meet local politicians, and share with others the value biotechnology offers to our health, our economy, and our future. National Biotechnology Week is possible thanks to the support of Amgen, Biovail, Council for Biotechnology Information, Genzyme, Janssen-Ortho, Pfizer, Sanofi-pasteur Ltd and sanofi-aventis.

Contacts

BIOTECanada
Cate McCready, 613-230-5585 x230
Cell:613-297-1172
cate.mccready@biotech.ca

Release Summary

National Biotech Week is a celebration of Canada's biotechnology industry.

Contacts

BIOTECanada
Cate McCready, 613-230-5585 x230
Cell:613-297-1172
cate.mccready@biotech.ca