More high school students to benefit from national science competition

    Funding of the Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge (SABC) has been

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - BioTalent Canada, a national sponsor of the
SABC program, is pleased to announce the Government of Canada's funding
renewal of the program and the launch of the 2007-08 challenge. "We are very
excited about this," says Colette Rivet, Executive Director of BioTalent
Canada. "We will be able to reach more students, build on past program
successes, and have all regional winners come to Ottawa for a face-to-face
national competition in the Spring."
    The Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge provides high school students with
a unique research experience because while working along side a mentor in an
actual research facility students acquire valuable communication skills -
essential for success in today's bio-economy. "The field of science is
changing extremely fast. It was very helpful to work in a lab at such a young
age in an area of study that is rapidly changing and is relatively new. This
constant change has hopefully prepared me for my upcoming study in University.
On top of this, my presentation skills were perfected, and my general
knowledge of scientific concepts also became better. Furthermore, I was able
to learn several lab techniques that will likely help me in the future," said
a former SABC participant.
    To date, through the SABC program, approximately 2856 students have
gained a deeper insight into the world of biotechnology which in turn helped
them form their career paths. "This success is due to the contributions of
over 100 partners across the country," says Mark Lievonen, President Sanofi
Pasteur Limited. "This would not be possible without national partners such as
HRSDC, the national coordinator the Canadian Biotechnology Education Resource
Centre (CBERC), regional coordinators, numerous local sponsors across the
country, and the passion of the teachers and mentors who volunteer their time
to give the students hands-on experience in the world of biotechnology. We are
extremely proud to have started this program and look forward to its continued

    About Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge (SABC)

    Since 1994 these annual science competitions, now in 13 regions across
the country, have raised awareness among students, educators and the public
about biotechnology. Approximately 2856 students have gained a deeper insight
into the world of biotechnology through their participation in the SABC
program in turn helping them form their career paths. Participating students
experience real-life research first hand while working along side a mentor and
gain valuable communication skills through the competition. Cash prizes are
awarded to winning student teams and their schools based on the
recommendations of judges from the scientific and education communities as
well as the biotechnology industry. For more information on the program please

    About BioTalent Canada

    BioTalent Canada helps Canada's bio-economy industry thrive globally. As
a non-profit national organization of innovators leading our bio-economy,
BioTalent Canada anticipates needs and creates new opportunities, delivering
human resources tools, information and skills development to ensure the
industry has access to job-ready people. BioTalent Canada is a Canadian sector
council-one of many partnership organizations created to address
skills-development issues in key sectors of the economy. For more information
on BioTalent Canada please visit

    This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sector
Council Program.

For further information:

For further information: on this program, please contact: Colette Rivet,
Executive Director, BioTalent Canada, (613) 235-1402 x226,

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