Each year, Canada celebrates the innovation and creativity of Canadian life science researchers and entrepreneurs during National Biotechnology Week, a concept initiated by BIOTECanada with the collaboration of all the provinces in Canada. Events held during the week include lectures, workshops, education outreach, facility tours, advocacy and networking. Visit to learn about programs across the country. Ag-West Bio coordinates National Biotech Week events in Saskatchewan.

Sept. 21-22
2:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
DNA Weekend
Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina



Extract DNA from a banana, make DNA key chains and more! Family-friendly hands on activities!

For more information, contact
Toll free: 1-800-667-6300


Monday, Sept. 23
Food Myth Busters TweetUp
1:00 – 3:00 pm (CST)
“Are there antibiotics in my beef? How many pesticides are on my apples?” Food industry experts will be on hand to answer your questions regarding food safety and regulations.

#FoodMyths Follow: @agwestbio @food_centre


All you need to participate is access to a smartphone, computer/mobile device, and a Twitter account. Call Jackie at 306-668-2656 for more info.

Monday, Sept. 23

Why health innovation matters
Chamber of Commerce Panel Discussion

The Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion on health care innovation and business opportunities. Join us for a beer and an appetizer and hear our panel of three businessmen in the community with extensive background in economic opportunities in health.

3:30 – 6:30 pm
The Bassment
202 4th Ave N, Saskatoon

Register here


Tuesday, Sept. 24

Mark Lynas
A public lecture on sustainable agriculture, GMOs, organic,
and how to feed the world. A Q&A with a panel of local experts will follow the lecture.

7:00 pm

Broadway Theatre
715 Broadway Ave, S

No registration required
Click for more information
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Canadian Light Source Tours
The Canadian Light Source is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian industry and contributing to the quality of life of people around the world. Join us in celebrating National Biotech Week by taking a guided tour of the CLS!
Wed. Sept. 25, 10am – 5pm. Space is limited so reserve your tour now.

Contact: or call 306-657-3644.

Start Up Drinks Saskatoon (SUDSk) is a networking meetup for people interested in entrepreneurship and technology. Every event brings together an interesting and diverse group of people to meet, talk, make contacts, share war stories, and generally have fun. The events are informal, social, and free. Attendees include active entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and others interested in the local start-up scene. We keep it very casual because the point is to make connections over drinks and…..relax a little.
Wed. Sept. 25, 5pm - 7pm
Top Floor - Hose & Hydrant Brewing Company

612-11th Street East - There is a CASH BAR

Thursday, Sept. 26

1:00 to 4:00 pm - Innovation Place

Healthy competition and learning is always fun! Biotechnology students from high schools, SIAST and the U of S join forces searching for clues participate in quick lab challenges, while meeting people and becoming familiar with Saskatoon bioscience companies along the way. The event ends at Boffins for networking.
Contact Blaine Chartrand (306-659-4153) for details.

2012 Amazing Biotech Race


Thursday, Sept. 26

Biotech & Beer
Raise a toast to the science of biotechnology!
The 4th Annual Biotech & Beer at Boffins will gather educators, students, researchers and business people from our biotech community to discover the opportunities
in our bioscience cluster.

Speakers offer insights into the role of biotechnology in our lives, and talk about career opportunities in the biotech industry.

4:00 to 7:00 pm, Boffins Club, Innovation Place

Music: One More Troubadour
Colleen Christensen (Feeds Innovation Institute)
Monika Polewicz (Ag-West Bio)

GEEE! in Genome Workshop
presented by Genome Prairie and Ag in the Classroom
Click for details Contact Chantel Short: 306-933-5224 sponsors
Thank you to the following organizations for supporting the 10th National Biotech Week:

GOLD SPONSORS:________________________





NBW Sask Event Coordinator

SILVER SPONSORS:_______________________




BRONZE SPONSORS:______________________

Friends of Biotech Week: InfraReady, Maxxam Analytics, Canpressco, SK Research Council

Sponsorship package (pdf)
If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact
Jackie Robin at 306-668-2656.

Saskatchewan's National Biotech Week committee:
Jackie Robin, Allison Sigstad, Brianna Hudson and Nicola Adams - Ag-West Bio
Chantel Short - Ag in the Classroom
Erika Bergen - Canadian Light Source
Daniel Ramage - Genome Prairie
Marilyn Huber - POS Bio-Sciences
Shannon Hood-Neifer - Sk Food Centre
Blaine Chartrand - SIAST
Kelly Martin - SREDA

Ag-West Bio Inc.
101 - 111 Research Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 3R2

Tel: 306-975-1939

Funding for Ag-West Bio is provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Growing Forward.