Office of the Premier

Premier proclaims Sept. 18-25 as Biotechnology Week in New Brunswick (09/09/18)

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Sept. 18, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham today issued the following statement concerning Biotechnology Week.

I am pleased to declare Sept. 18-25 as Biotechnology Week in New Brunswick.

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As we look to a self-sufficient future in New Brunswick, our growing, science-based industries are critical to achieving our goals. As a government, we recognize the connection between nurturing innovation, creativity and research, and reaching our targets as a province.

Biotechnology is a major contributor to the well-being of New Brunswick, growing significantly since it was first established in the province more than a decade ago. More than 2,000 highly qualified New Brunswickers work in the sector, generating more than $110 million for the provincial economy. We 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.

Our government believes that the bioscience industry can help transform our economy; in fact, biotechnology is poised to become the predominant economic force of the early 21st century.

New Brunswick boasts a number of well-established and emerging world-class research institutions. We have an existing base of companies with core competencies in bioscience (as well as some where bioscience is a sideline business), including some with multinational operations. We have the capacity to add value to our traditional resource-based industries, including forestry, fisheries and agriculture. In addition, there is a growing global demand for biosciences products, which could reach billions of dollars by 2010. Canada's bio-based sector is now estimated to contribute about $78 billion to the gross domestic product, a figure that surpasses the contributions made by both the auto and aerospace sectors.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the provincial government will build on its commitment to the industry by co-hosting, in co-operation with BioAtlantech and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Bioscience Day in Fredericton. The event will begin with a trade show in the lobby of Centennial Building, and continue with an industry awards ceremony hosted by Rx&D in the Saint John Room of the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.

I invite all New Brunswickers to learn more about the biotechnology industry and how it can help move our province toward self-sufficiency. We know that maintaining a leadership position in the biotechnology industry will allow us to maintain and attract world-class expertise, and achieve a more diversified and stable economy for all regions of the province.

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