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LSAM in partnership with BIOTECanada has an exciting week of activities planned that will bring together business owners, researchers, community leaders, students and the public to celebrate advances made in biotechnology through Sept. 27.
"Biotechnology impacts all of our lives," says Tracey Maconachie, President, LSAM. "It's everything from the development of minimally invasive devices to help detect cancers, medical robotic systems that automates filling of IV bags and syringes to keep patients safe, novel non-needle means to monitor blood sugar levels for individuals suffering from diabetes, fuels and products made from traditionally discarded materials found on farmers' fields, and new and more nutritious food that is grown and tested in our province."
According to the company, it is estimated that Manitoba's life science sector contributes over $1 billion to the Manitoba economy. The province has more than 220 life science companies that employ approximately 7,700 people. LSAM represents this industry, whose goal is to enhance the ability to heal, fuel and feed the world.
"Canada's biotech industry has been a leader in innovation from its early accomplishments in the prevention of disease through vaccination to developing efficient and effective ways to grow foods and more recently in its role in supporting the transformation of traditional manufacturing sectors such as oil and gas, automotive, forest products, mining," commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada. "National Biotechnology 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."
Business leaders from Cangene Corp., XiteBio Technologies Inc., Intelligent Hospital Systems, Biovalco Innovative Products Inc., the University of Manitoba and Miraculins Inc. will share their thoughts on "The Value of Innovation" at a breakfast event being held at the Legislature on Tuesday Sept. 24th from 7am - 9:30am.
"LSAM recognizes that today's students are tomorrow's scientists and inventors," says Tracey Maconachie, President, LSAM "so we are excited to be able to engage them in science at an early age through hands-on activities and learning opportunities at several different sites across the province."
To learn more about biotechnology advances in Manitoba - please visit the Life Science Association of Manitoba channel on YouTube.
LSAM is the voice and organizational nucleus for the life science industry of Manitoba.
BIOTECanada is the national industry association with nearly 250 members located nationwide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada's health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors.
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