New Canadian award program launches during the fourth annual National Biotechnology Week



    BIOTECanada partners with Schering-Plough Canada to recognize health
    research

    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - BIOTECanada and Schering-Plough Canada in
collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are
pleased to announce the creation of the CIHR BIOTECanada Schering-Plough
Canada Fellowship to support important research in the development of health
innovations.
    "Researchers today are working to develop the next generation of
therapies. It's important that we as an industry support early-stage research
that can meet the healthcare needs of growing global populations," said
Peter Brenders, President & CEO, BIOTECanada.
    "Schering-Plough Canada is proud of its contribution to the health and
well-being of Canadians," said Carlos G. Dourado, President and General
Manager, Schering-Plough Canada. "As a leading biotechnology company, we are
honoured to be working with BIOTECanada and CIHR to create this new
opportunity for Canadian researchers."
    The winner will be the highest ranked postdoctoral (post-PhD) fellowship
candidate in Canada in the fields of immunology, infectious and inflammatory
diseases, cardiovascular conditions, allergies and respiratory problems as
determined by the peer-review process used for CIHR Fellowship Awards. The
prize is worth $20,000 over two years and may be awarded in addition to the
CIHR Fellowship Award.
    "We are pleased to be working with BIOTECanada and Schering-Plough Canada
on this initiative. This new national fellowship program will provide
prestigious recognition and support to some of the very brightest young
scientists in these important areas of research, and it enhances CIHR's
national awards program," said Dr. Alan Bernstein, CIHR President.
    The fellowship recipient will be announced at the CIHR Canadian Health
Research Awards ceremony taking place Tuesday, November, 20 at the National
Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Candidates can learn more about the fellowship at
www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

    About BIOTECanada - www.biotech.ca

    BIOTECanada is dedicated to the sustainable commercial development of
biotechnology innovation in Canada. It is the national industry-funded
association with almost 200 member companies representing the broad spectrum
of biotech constituents including emerging and established companies in the
health, agricultural, and industrial sectors, as well as academic and research
institutions and other related organizations.

    About Schering-Plough Canada

    Schering-Plough Canada Inc. is a country operation of Schering-Plough
Corporation that employs over 850 people across Canada. Schering-Plough Canada
Inc.'s web site is www.schering-plough.ca.
    Schering-Plough Corporation is a global science-based health care company
with leading prescription, consumer and animal health products. Through
internal research and collaborations with partners, Schering-Plough discovers,
develops, manufactures and markets advanced drug therapies to meet important
medical needs. Schering-Plough's vision is to earn the trust of the
physicians, patients and customers served by approximately 33,500 people
around the world. The company is based in Kenilworth, NJ, and its website is
www.schering-plough.com.

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research - www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

    About National Biotechnology Week - www.imagenenation.ca

    This week is a celebration of the imagination and innovation of Canadian
scientists and entrepreneurs from Vancouver to Halifax. Every region of the
country participates in this national program designed to inform Canadians and
showcase Canadian excellence. Participants will take part in career fairs,
tour our Canadian biotech companies, and see how biotechnology is vital to our
future. Many more will hear from influential leaders of the industry and meet
with federal and provincial decision makers. View a full calendar of over
60 events online at www.imagenenation.ca National Biotechnology Week is made
possible with the support of our regional partners and funding partners:
Amgen, AstraZeneca, Genzyme, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Pfizer,
Pioneer Hi-Bred, Roche, Sanofi Pasteur Limited, and Schering-Plough Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Rhowan Sivel, Senior Manager, Communications &
Marketing, BIOTECanada, (613) 230-5585, ext 226, Rhowan.sivel@biotech.ca

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