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Bio Technology : October 2009
Volume 19 • Number 3 • October 2009 Australasian BioTechnology 21 AusBioFEATURE --- AusBiotech 2009 Manitoba: The heart of Canada’s life sciences industry Manitoba is home to one of the fastest growing biotechnology and life science clusters in Canada and is a suitable entry point for companies from the Asia Pacifc region seeking access to the North American market. Manitoba’s life sciences industry and diverse biotechnology sector offer promising opportunities for strategic partnerships in such diverse areas as health-enhancing functional food and nutraceutical development, biomedical innovations and bio-composite material production. The provincial government of Manitoba is working closely with Australian representatives to identify opportunities to increase collaboration between Manitoba-based companies, institutions and agencies with those located in Australia. So far these col- laborative relationships have resulted in numerous joint research projects in the areas of nutraceuticals and functional foods, ge- nomics, proteomics and composite materials. These collaborations are focused on the transformation of good ideas into reality. Several of Manitoba's key innovators in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences are participating at the 2009 AusBiotech Conference. They include: Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN) • The network promotes Manitoba's research capabilities and strategic partnerships to help build on the province's flourishing functional foods and nutraceutical sector. Successfully guiding potential products, from concept to market, is at the heart of MAHRN's work. Composite Innovation Center (CIC) • CIC uses composite materials and technologies to stimulate economic growth through innovative research. It develops new products and processes and commercializes in the areas of aerospace, biomaterials, civil infrastructure and ground transportation. Industrial Technology Center (ITC) • ITC operates the virtual reality center (VRC) in Winnipeg. This unique facility provides easy access to the most advanced 3-D visualization tools and expertise. The VRC allows biotech companies to visualise complex datasets within a virtual space model or immersive environment. University of Manitoba’s Technology Transfer Offce (TTO) • The TTO offers a range of professional services. Its motivated team of scientists and corporate development professionals can help take your product from the lab to the work market as it has with other successful products. Its global sales volume now exceeds $100 million. The Mammalian Functional Genomics Centre • is internationally recognised for its expertise in developing novel transgenic technologies and high throughput large-scale stem cell applications. The centre actively encourages new opportunities for collaborations, resource services and training, particularly in its areas of strength, which include genome annotation, bioinformatics, transgenic technologies, gene targeting and mouse phenotyping. The knowledge base, infrastructure, business climate, major market access -- it's all there in the great Canadian heartland. Discover the full range of possibilities by visiting the Manitoba booth at AusBiotech 2009. It could well be your next step toward bio-scientific success. For further information please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.manitobalifesceinces.ca 1010 --Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P4 Canada Phone : (204) 945-6298 Fax: (204) 945-3977