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Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) In Saskatoon This Week Highlights Canada’s Strength in Ag-Biotech

The ABIC conference in Saskatoon this week is highlighting Canada’s strength in the field (har). Canada has world-class resources to compete: plenty of arable and marginal land, and bushels (sorry) of know-how and innovation.

Two Canadian announcements of note at the conference:

  1. Saskatchewan’s Premier, Brad Wall, announced $5 million over 4 years for ag-bio projects. The funds will be provided through the Province’s Agriculture Development Fund, which takes applications annually in a March 1 to April 15 window.
  2. Linnaeus Plant Sciences announced “a licensing agreement with DuPont to use oil gene intellectual property, advanced gene technologies and biotechnology expertise developed by DuPont to accelerate development and commercialization of value-added Camelina oil” with the goal of developing “industrial applications for oil seeds for uses beyond fuels, including hydraulic fluids, greases and polymer production.”*

The recent moves toward FDA approval for AquaBounty’s genetically-enhanced salmon are another example of Canadian strength, though it’s outside the scope of ABIC.

The conference is not as new-media-savvy as I’d like; but for more news from ABIC 2010, keep an eye on the dead tree and online versions of the StarPhoenix, which has been reporting from the meeting.

* Disclosure: The CEO of Linnaeus, Jack Grushcow, is my uncle and Ogilvy Renault worked on this deal.
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