Ontario innovation goes global at BIO 2009

    McGuinty Government Leads Delegation To World's Largest Biotechnology

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is building valuable international partnerships with researchers,
governments and investors that will result in high value jobs and attract
    The province is leading a 300-member delegation representing private
sector companies, universities, municipalities and medical research
institutions to the BIO International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, May 18
to 20. BIO 2009 is the world's largest life sciences conference, bringing
together some 1,700 exhibitors and 20,000 biotech professionals from around
the world.
    The Ontario delegation includes four featured scientists who have made
significant scientific advancements in their fields:

    -   Dr. Andras Nagy has discovered how to grow embryonic-like stem cells
        from a patient's own skin cells, a discovery that has him named to
        Scientific American's first ever Top 10 Honour Roll,
    -   Dr. Michael Salter is an internationally recognized expert on pain;
        whose work explores the source of pain at a molecular level,
    -   Dr. Hertzel Gerstein has been at the forefront of diabetes research
        and discovery for the past 15 years, and
    -   Dr. Tom Hudson is a world leader in genome research and now heads up
        Ontario's Institute for Cancer Research.

    Also during the conference, Premier Dalton McGuinty will be presented
with the Biotechnology Industry Organization's second annual International
Leadership Award. The award recognizes the Premier's strong commitment to the
development and growth of the biotechnology industry in Ontario.


    "Ontario is focused on seizing global opportunities, especially in
biotechnology. BIO 2009 allows Ontario to showcase our strengths and forge
global partnerships."
    - Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson

    "Premier McGuinty was chosen for this award (2009 BIO International
leadership Award) based on his exemplary record of promoting the biotechnology
industry and innovation in the life sciences in Ontario. I strongly believe
that our industry will continue to thrive in Ontario under his leadership."
    - James C. Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO.


    -   Ontario has been named one of the top five
        regions in North
        America targeting biotechnology companies in 2009.
    -   Ontario is North America's third largest biotechnology cluster.
    -   Ontario's life sciences sector employs more than 43,000 people at
        some 850 companies, which generate approximately $14 billion in
        revenues annually.
    -   University of Toronto researchers publish more papers than all but
        two universities in the world - Harvard and Tokyo.


    -   To learn more about Ontario's featured BIO scientists, visit their
        websites: Dr. Andras Nagy (http://www.mshri.on.ca/nagy/);
        Dr. Michael Salter
        Dr. Tom Hudson and the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research
        (http://www.oicr.on.ca/); and Dr. Hertzel Gerstein
    -   To read more about the work of these top scientists, visit our
        Success Stories
        section featured on the Ministry of Research and Innovation website.
    -   Find out more about BIO 2009

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For further information:

For further information: Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416)
314-7067; Perry Blocher, MRI Communications Branch, (416) 326-7717

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