(September 22, 2008--Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University is hosting its 4th Annual Biotechnology Symposium on Friday, September 26, 2008.Biotechnology is a field of study that uses biology to make new technology, the manipulation of living organisms to produce goods and service. Despite recent widespread media coverage, the history of biotechnology dates back thousands of years. Scientific and technological advances have transformed biotechnology techniques, opening doors to a variety of applications in areas such as health care, the environment, forestry, and industrial processes.
The focus of this year's Biotechnology Symposium is medical and environmental biotechnology. The year's line-up of presenters consists of some of the best and brightest in the field. "The symposium attracts speakers and participants from across the country. We are excited to have Biotechnology professionals joining us from places such as Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Montreal. This is a wonderful opportunity for Thunder Bay's researchers and students to network and exchange ideas for ongoing and future projects," says Heidi Schraft, Director of the Lakehead University Biotechnology Research Program.
For example, Elizabeth Murray, a Research Scientist with SemBioSys Genetics Incorporated in Calgary, and a Lakehead alumna, is scheduled to present at the symposium. SemBioSys is a company that uses genetically modified plants to produce human proteins. Murray's presentation is entitled, "The Story of Canada's Plant-Made Pharmaceutical Company." Simcha Stroes-Gascoyne of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), a leading-edge nuclear technology and services company, will also be in attendance. Stroes-Gascoyne's presentation involves the suppression of corrosion of used nuclear fuel containers.All members of the community are invited to attend the symposium, which takes place in the Faculty Lounge at Lakehead University from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration for this event is $25 which includes lunch, wine and cheese, and a drink. There is no charge for students.