December 2011

Posted on December 22, 2011

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December, 2011
 
As we put the last bows on Christmas gifts for our loved ones and wrap up 2011, the staff at Ag-West Bio would like to wish you a joyous holiday season and prosperity in the New Year.
 
I hope you enjoy the following new articles. We encourage your feedback and participation on this site... post your comments, or contact the editor, Jackie Robin jackie.robin@agwest.sk.ca if you would like to post an article in a future edition of the Bio-Bulletin. A big thank you to those who contributed to this issue!
 
To view Bio-Bulletin articles prior to June 2011, click here.
 
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Sask Biosciences in 2012: Happy New Year from Wilf Keller
Wilf Keller, president and CEO of Ag-West Bio, talks about what's coming up in Saskatchewan's bioscience cluster in 2012.
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Western Grains Research Foundation: Producer-driven research benefits producers Agricultural research means new crop varieties with improved drought and cold tolerance, better pest control and a better understanding of agronomy. For producers, this translates to fewer hours and less fuel used in the field, resulting in better soils, higher quality products – and greater profits. read more
 
Plant-made pharmaceuticals: An ongoing debate
Many of the drugs that we have come to rely on to treat disease may one day be produced by transgenic plants – more efficiently and at a much lower cost than with today’s methods. read more
 
Biopesticides and biofumigation: New solutions to age-old agricultural challenges
In October, Ag-West Bio hosted the 4th International Symposium on Biofumigation and Biopesticides. The following review discusses the industry and a few of the many technologies showcased at the event.
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Lightbulb moment Brent Zettl discovered micropropagation while researching a term paper. Today the U of S agronomy grad and his cutting-edge company are producing plant-made pharmaceuticals. (Reprinted with permission from Agknowledge)
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Go for Gold: BioteCanada's Gold Leaf Awards Who is Canada’s Best in Biotechnology? As a celebration of Canadian innovation, BIOTECanada’s 2012 Gold Leaf Awards program provides the opportunity to recognize both companies and individuals who have made significant achievements to our industry over the last year.
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The Amazing Biotech Race at Innovation Place Getting students to network and connect with industry leaders in their chosen field is not always easy. But make it a fun competition based on a hit television show and you suddenly get a lot of interaction
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Pre-budgetary consultations in Saskatoon: Phenomenome CFO presentation John Hyshka, Chief Financial Officer of Phenomenome Discoveries appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance in Saskatoon Thursday October 27, 2011. Hyshka showcased the Canadian biotechnology industry accounts for 11% of all business-sector R&D.
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Ninth president announced for University of Saskatchewan The University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors announced Dethat Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been appointed the university’s ninth president. read more