Young people are playing an instrumental role in developing the future of the bio-economy, and work to bring in more is necessary and welcome, according to a leader at an industry accelerator. Bioenterprise Corporation, a publicly funded non-profit business accelerator, facilitates the creation, growth and commercialization of agri-technology companies ranging from start-ups to established businesses. It offers a range of services from business analysis and consulting to events that showcase and highlightthe sector.
Two new initiatives that benefit the environment might not exist were it not for BioTalent Canada, according to a senior executive at a biological supply and research company in B.C. that initiated the programs. Rapidly growing Applied Biological Materials Inc. (ABM) hired interns through BioTalent Canada’s Science Horizons Program and had them focus on implementing new efforts to reduce packaging and waste both internally and among the company’s partners.
Chelsea is at the forefront of a growing movement of citizen scientists taking action in their communities. Her contributions to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Community- Based Monitoring Network are connecting like-minded water stewards across Manitoba – building our collective understanding of our local waterways in order to address Lake Winnipeg’s most pressing challenges. She is an ideal recipient for the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire.
Meet Alysha Law. Advocating for the legally blind to connect them with technology that allows them to actually see.
I chose a career in biotech because... I am extremely interested in the way the field uses biology to create innovative solutions. I was drawn towards eSight specifically because it develops innovative technology to serve humanity and level the playing field for those with low vision.
I chose a career in biotech because... it is a challenging field that gives us countless valuable products if we utilize it in a proper way. I see a great potential in this field. In near future, biotech will reach a point where mobile devices will act as personal health-assistants. I always want to be a part of creating an application that will help many reach their health goals by tracking and monitoring their bio-data.
I chose a career in biotech because... biotech allows my interest and education in mechanical engineering to be used for products that will directly impact people in a positive way. The medical devices that I am involved with help both patients and doctors by making tissue-sample removal quicker and safer.
I chose a career in biotech because... it is an exciting field that will continue to transform agronomic practices in the future. I come from an agricultural background and as such, I have been growing a wide range of field and vegetable crops for most of my life. Plant pathology offered answers to many of the problems I had encountered growing crops and as a result I became extremely fascinated. I chose to do graduate work in plant pathology and biotechnology has been a major player in recent advances in plant science.
I chose a career in biotech because... the field interested me greatly. I saw it as studying the workings of life’s complex systems and using the gained knowledge to serve humanity’s purposes in seemingly limitless ingenious ways. I wanted to be a part of that. To use life to help lives, you could say.
Meet Hannah Sadeghi. Collaborating across the globe to limit and mitigate the release of toxins into our environment.
I chose a career in biotech because… it combined my scientific skills with the most innovative technologies, making me feel like I can have a genuine impact. Working in biotech has allowed me to collaborate with global companies who want to do the right thing, and together we are using technology that applies environmental priorities to the corporations that are driving our economy. Biotech puts me at the forefront alongside those manufacturers that can contribute the most to a sustainable future.
“BioTalent Canada really helps immigrants in some very deep ways,” says Rodel Imbarlina-Ramos of Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). “The breadth and the depth of their programming and the research and information that they offer to their sector helps to solve workforce challenges and shortages in biotech.”