Bio 2006 Kicks Off – GPA EDC to Support DNA Cluster Investment Attraction Efforts

The GPA EDC is part of the 300 person Ontario delegation to the international Biotechnology/Life Sciences conference “BIO 2006” that begins this weekend in Chicago.  New developments at the Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster, including the on-going construction of the DNA Building at Trent University, are an exciting part of the message about Ontario’s strengths being delivered by the Ontario BIO team.
Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, also Minister of Research and Innovation, launched the provincial efforts for BIO 2006 at an event held at Queen’s Park in Toronto earlier this week.  The Ontario government is leading one of the largest contingents at the annual conference where hundreds of delegates from life sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes, technology transfer offices, venture capital and other relevant industries will participate. The Ontario team will be actively pursuing investment and other business opportunities during the event that brings together representatives from sixty countries to focus on the global advancement of biotechnology. The GPA EDC has identified several investment prospects and will promote the many opportunities available at the DNA Cluster, located in Peterborough, the #1 Region for Business in Ontario.
“Attracting investment in life sciences/biotech and DNA were identified as a high priority for the community when the GPA EDC publicly launched its 5-year strategic roadmap earlier this week,” said Jay Amer, GPA EDC General Manager, “Our active participation with the provincial team at BIO 2006, promoting the opportunities in Ontario and the Peterborough Region, is an example of the GPA EDC’s commitment to put plans into action in support of the DNA Cluster.”
Locally initiated start-up companies like Genopod Inc., specializing in the collection and preservation of DNA for a wide variety of uses, will be highlighted at BIO 2006 as an example of the innovation opportunities that exist in the Peterborough Region.
The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster is in the advanced stages of development and is actively working with the federal, provincial and municipal governments and private sector partners to move forward in it’s growth. The DNA Cluster is a member of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Regional Innovation Network.