National Biotechnology Week

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By Andrew Casey
President and CEO, BIOTECanada

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Joined together by the National Biotech Accord members from coast to coast we celebrate the incredible innovations occurring throughout the variety of health, agriculture, and industrial facets of the industry with applications to re-engineer traditional Canadian industries such as energy, aerospace, mining, and forestry. With thousands of participants each year National Biotech Week provides a forum to collaborate and showcase the impact the biotechnology industry is having on the country’s economy and the daily lives of Canadians.

It is important as an industry to join together in acknowledging the many milestones achieved to date, however in the rapidly evolving bio-economy, resting on past achievements is not a recipe for success. National Biotech Week serves to recognize not only the industry’s past success but also to highlight the significant opportunity Canadian biotechnology innovation presents for the Canadian economy in the context of the emerging bio-economy and the challenges presented by global population growth and demographic shifts.

Canada is home to a vibrant biotech industry of more than 500 established and emerging companies. These companies are driving solutions for the challenges identified with global population growth including vaccines protecting against cancer, green chemicals offering options for environmental stewardship, and more sustainable farming practices to secure food supply. It is an industry of great diversity with an array of entities including large, multinational companies as well as numerous small and medium sized companies.   Importantly, one of the core strengths of Canada’s biotech industry is the number of industry clusters found in each of the provinces across the country; it is a truly national industry that should be celebrated and appreciated for its economic and social contribution both in Canada and internationally.

Another core strength is the people. At its very heart biotech is really little more than a bunch of good ideas. It is the people that drive the innovation forward and make the industry the success it is. In this context, I hope you all take a moment to celebrate your individual contribution to the industry.


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Joined together by the National Biotech Accord members from coast to coast we celebrate the incredible innovations occurring throughout the variety of health, agriculture, and industrial facets of the industry with applications to re-engineer traditional Canadian industries such as energy, aerospace, mining, and forestry. With thousands of participants each year National Biotech Week provides a forum to collaborate and showcase the impact the biotechnology industry is having on the country’s economy and the daily lives of Canadians.

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