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Biotechnology promises to heal, fuel and feed the world. At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology - biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. Explore the international technology pipeline and get a glimpse of what tomorrow will be like.

Personalized Medicine: The Evolution of Patient Care

Ashraf Amlani - Friday, December 31, 2010

As a country, Canada spends nearly $30 billion each year for prescription drugs. Take into consideration that, on average, prescribed drugs only benefit 50% of the population, one can see the need to improve the existing health care system. Most cancer drugs work in only 25% of cancer patients, while diabetes drugs work for up to 50% of patients. In addition, adverse reactions from medications can aggravate the patient’s condition, further increasing health care expenditure through emergency treatments and hospital care. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first to personalize medicine when he said "Different medicines for different patients, for the sweet ones do not benefit everyone, nor do the astringent ones, nor are all the patients able to drink the same thing". And while science has made much progress through the centuries, the idea of personalizing medicine is one that holds true to this day.   READ MORE

Economic Darwinism

Ashraf Amlani - Sunday, October 31, 2010

Andrew Tait“ Now in its 24th year, the [Ernst & Young Global Biotechnology]report has become an important resource for life science companies globally who are looking into the future and emerging opportunities.” – Rosine Hage-Moussa, LifeSciences British Columbia. SBN’s event liaison, Andrew Tait, provides the insider scoop on how the BC & Canadian Biotechnology industry is faring through the global economic recession.  READ MORE

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