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ACOA SUPPORTS ATLANTIC CANADA TRADE MISSION TO BIO INTERNATIONAL

 

May 12, 2009 - Moncton, New Brunswick

A delegation of eight Atlantic Canadian companies and four
organizations from the biotechnology and life science
industry will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in
BIO International, from May 18-21, 2009. The Honourable
Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency), announced today, an investment of
$122,160 in support of this mission.

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping Atlantic
Canada’s companies capitalize on their export potential,”
said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State
(Atlantic Canada Opportunities Canada). “Atlantic Canada
has a dynamic and innovative biotechnology and life science
industry that features some of the top new biotech
companies in the country. Our government’s investment in
this mission helps these firms pursue new market
opportunities, build their businesses, create jobs and
generate new revenue for our region’s economy.”

ACOA helps Atlantic Canadian businesses in different
sectors prepare to enter international markets, strengthen
their international marketing capabilities and improve
their international business performance.

Biotechnology innovation in Atlantic Canada has spurred
development in key industries including aquaculture,
forestry, fisheries, marine sciences, agriculture, health
care and environmental.

BIO International is one of the largest life sciences
conferences in the world. It brings together international
decision makers from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and
financial sectors, offering networking opportunities,
workshop participation, and one-on-one, business-to-
business matchmaking sessions.

The BIO International conference is organized by BIO, an
organization formed in 1993. BIO represents more than 1,200
biotechnology companies, academic institutions, public
biotechnology centres and related organizations in more
than 30 countries around the world.

Financial assistance for this trade mission is provided by
ACOA through its Business Development Program. The program
supports projects that promote entrepreneurship
development, training and marketing and export development.
This trade mission is being organized in partnership with
the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance Inc.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is leading a
delegation to BIO International, one of the world’s leading
biotechnology and life sciences conferences. The Honourable
Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (ACOA) announced today
more than $122,000 to support this trade mission.

The conference is scheduled from May 18-21, and will be
held in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlantic Canadian companies
attending the conference will explore new market
opportunities, through various networking events, including
one-on-one meetings with key decision makers.

Funding for this program was provided through ACOA’s
Business Development Program which supports projects that
promote entrepreneurship development, training and
marketing.

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INFORMATION:

Robert Bourgeois
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-851-6394
Robert.bourgeois@acoa-apeca.gc.ca


MEDIA BACKGROUNDER

Following is the list of the Atlantic Canadian companies
and organizations taking part in the ACOA-led trade mission
to the 2009 BIO International in Atlanta, Georgia:

New Brunswick

BioAtlantech (Fredericton)

Nova Scotia

Innovascreen (Halifax)
Springboard Atlantic (Halifax)
ImmunoVaccine Technologies (Halifax)
Dalhousie Industry Liaison and Innovation (Halifax)
BioNova (Halifax)

Prince Edward Island

Neurodyn (Charlottetown)
Chemaphor (Charlottetown)
BioVectra (Charlottetown)
PEI BioAlliance (Charlottetown)

Newfoundland and Labrador

New Lab Clinical Research (St. John’s)
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology
Industries (St. John’s)