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McGuinty Government Promotes Ontario To The World At Bio 2007

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McGuinty Government Promotes Ontario To The World At Bio 2007

Conference Creates Partnerships, Opportunities For Ontario Families

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Ontario is forging international partnerships with researchers, governments and investors that will result in high value jobs and attract investment to the province, Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"I'm proud to lead the talented members of Ontario's delegation at BIO 2007," said Premier McGuinty.  "We're here to tell the world that we have the people, the talent and the commitment to be a global leader in innovation -- there really is no better place to do business."

BIO 2007 is the world's largest life sciences conference.  It brings together about 1,700 exhibitors and 20,000 biotech professionals from around the world.

Ontario's delegation, led by the Premier and Economic Development and Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello, includes more than 300 people representing private sector companies, universities, municipalities and medical research institutions.

Ontario's life sciences industry contributes significantly to the provincial economy, generating annual revenues of more than $11 billion US.

"Ontario is rich with some of the world's greatest scientific minds," said Pupatello.  "This provides Ontario with a distinct economic advantage that we are tirelessly promoting to companies and jurisdictions around the world here at BIO."

Today, Premier McGuinty hosted representatives from India, Japan and Catalonia, Spain, at the Ontario Pavilion to celebrate new partnerships aimed at pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery and boosting jobs and investment.

The partnerships announced today include:

  • Ontario-India Research Collaboration Fund: Ontario has agreed to commit $3 million CDN to a fund to promote research collaborations between researchers in Ontario and India.
  • Ontario-Catalonia Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Ontario has signed an agreement with Catalonia, Spain, to enhance scientific and technological co-operation.  Areas of co-operation include everything from environmental and agricultural technologies to emerging technologies such as photonics and nanotechnology.
  • York University -- Japan's Kobe Medical Device Development Centre MOU:  An agreement has been signed to promote the development and commercialization of innovative medical devices that diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. 

"We've forged many friendships and partnerships at BIO 2007 -- and we're going to build on our success by turning the goodwill we generated here into jobs and opportunities for Ontarians," said Premier McGuinty.


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