Think about this: from the moment you wake up in the morning until the moment you fall asleep each night, can you imagine how many ways biotechnology is having a positive impact on your life? Whether through breakthroughs in life sciences and healthcare, improvements in food production and safety, new technology in manufacturing, or even the reason you have a job, every aspect of your day is almost certainly being impacted by biotechnology.
Each September, communities across the country celebrate the success and potential of Canada’s biotech industry during National Biotechnology Week. Local events taking place during the week of September 14-21, 2012 include:
- the Community Collaboration Forum: The Power & Potential of Cross Sector Collaboration hosted by Pillar Nonprofit Network on September 19
- the BIOlympics on September 20, and
- the Secondary School Biotechnology Awareness Campaign running throughout the week
In the London-area, our biotechnology industry features myriad researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators doing everything from turning manure into power to seeking cures for cancer and HIV. Nationally, the bio-economy makes up more than 7% of Canada’s GDP, with an estimated value of over $87 billion. With a growing impact on the manufacturing, health, automotive, energy and agriculture sectors, innovation in biotechnology is not only improving lives in countless ways, but also supporting an employment network of more than 1 million jobs.
To learn more about National Biotechnology Week and the bio-economy, visit imagenenation.ca.
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