Sept. 21, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seventeen leaders in the bioscience industry will gather at Let's Chat About Biosciences, a trade show taking place in Fredericton on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The trade show is part of a series of events taking place across Canada to celebrate National Biotechnology Week.
The event is an opportunity for New Brunswick scientists and researchers to promote new technologies and research being developed in the province. Exhibitors are aiming at creating awareness by the general public, as well as providing hands-on demonstrations of new technologies.
On Friday, Premier Shawn Graham proclaimed Sept. 18-25 as Biotechnology Week in New Brunswick.
"I invite all New Brunswickers to learn more about the biotechnology industry and how it can help our province move forward," said Graham. "We know that maintaining a leadership position in this field will allow us to maintain and attract world-class expertise and achieve a more diversified and stable economy for all regions of the province."
The trade show is co-hosted by Business New Brunswick, in co-operation with BioAtlantech and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It will continue with an industry award ceremony hosted by Rx&D in the Saint John Room of the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.
Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau will attend the trade show and the luncheon.
"Government believes that the expanding bioscience industry will be important in transforming our economy and helping us achieve our goal of self-sufficiency," said Boudreau. "Bioscience is on the verge of becoming a major part of the 21st-century economy, and our government is determined to build on New Brunswick's achievements by nurturing innovation and supporting research."
Biotechnology is a major contributor to the financial health of the province, experiencing significant growth since it was first established in the province more than 10 years ago. More than 2,000 highly qualified New Brunswickers work in the sector, generating more than $110 million for the provincial economy.
"New Brunswick-based researchers are leaders in plant, marine, environmental and bio-medical sciences, with local businesses co-operating with public and private research groups to develop new products and solutions to world problems," said Graham
The following New Brunswick companies, organizations and research institutions will participate in the trade show:
Let's Chat About Biosciences will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the lobby of the Centennial Building, 670 King St., Fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Bursey, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Argall, BioAtlantech, 506-444-2444.