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TBI Mentorship Program Announced

TBIMentorshipLogoI’ve been working on the committee developing a new mentorship program for life sciences professionals in Ontario.  The formal launch will coincide with National Biotechnology Week in September.  Here’s the blurb:

The TBI Mentorship program is designed for science and business professionals at any stage in their career. It provides ongoing opportunities for career and skills development, and addresses one of the most pressing needs faced by the industry. The program matches people based on interests of proteges and industry experience of mentors to facilitate a good fit between the mentoring partners. The TBI Mentorship program allows mentors and proteges to define their goals and expectations, while providing tools, resources and training conducive to a meaningful mentoring experience.

The PwC report released in April cited “access to an experienced talent pool” as one of the most critical factors influencing the success of the Canadian life sciences and biotechnology industry, so we need as much involvement as possible. We’re accepting pre-registrations now.

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Ontario Budget 2009: Initial Reactions are “Encouraging”

Generally positive reviews of Ontario’s 2009 budget are coming in from the innovation community:

TBI gives a shout-out to the Emerging Technologies Fund:

The Biotechnology Initiative (TBI) would like to credit Premier Dalton McGunity and Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson for their quick response to the looming economic uncertainty by the creation of the Emerging Technologies Fund… The life sciences community in Ontario is greatly encouraged as a result of the creation of this Fund.

Rx&D is also “encouraged”:

Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) is encouraged by initiatives in the Ontario Government’s 2009 budget designed to fuel innovation and growth in Ontario’s biopharmaceutical and life sciences industry…

“The support in the budget for research infrastructure, genomics, tax incentives for innovation and the increased funding for the Ministry of Research and Innovation demonstrate that the McGuinty Government is strengthening its commitment to make science and innovation a priority.” 

So is the Retail Venture Funds Association:

The McGuinty government has made encouraging policy initiatives that help bring innovative high-tech applications to market more efficiently…  The Ontario Budget released today contained far-reaching initiatives that will help the province’s entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers develop and market new technology here instead of other jurisdictions.

The Ontario Medical Association is…

encouraged that the government is investing $2-billion into eHealth, which is playing an increasingly important role in improving patient safety and efficiency of our health care system. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have had a tremendous impact on patient safety, continuity of care, and quality of care. To date, over 3,000 physicians have made the transition to EMRs and by the end of 2009, over 4 million patients will have an electronic health record.

Did I miss any?  Are you encouraged too?  Let us know in the comments


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BEvERages Tonight in Toronto

I suspect most people in Toronto who read this blog already know about the TBI Pub Night tonight (6pm – 9:30pm, Bedford Academy, 36 Prince Arthur Ave.), but if you didn’t before, you do now.

Come harmonize … some GST and PST! (A little Ontario budget humo(u)r.)

Hopefully see you there!

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Bailout Bonanza!!

bailout-pic1With every industry under the sun seeking bailout money, Biotech is not about to be left out. And with a record number of biotech companies with less than 6 months’ cash in the bank, there is good reason to fear that promising ideas could be lost before the credit markets thaw. There are, however, an abundance of views on what form help for the industry should take.

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