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Laboratory Focus July 2012

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PHARMAC EU T I C AL CLI N I C AL CHEMI C AL FOO D E N VIRO NMENT New Bioanalytical Tools and Devices Chemistry leads the way Page 7 Micro and nanostructured materials Page 13 JULY 2012 Volume 16, Number 4 R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 5 Pharma Notes .................... 6 New Products ..................15 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 TWO CANADIAN TEEN SCIENTISTS COMPETE AT BIO2012 INTERNATIONAL BIOTECH COMPETITION Janelle Tam, 1st place award winner Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada competition At the 2012 International BioGE- NEius Challenge, held in Boston, Canada was well represented with projects from teen scientists Janelle Tam, a 16-year-old from Waterloo Collegiate Institute, and Rui Song, a 16-year-old from Walter Murray Collegiate, in Saskatoon. Teen scientist Song went on to place third at the international competition for her research on more nourishing lentils, an impor- tant global food source and one of Saskatchewan's main crops. The competition was for high school students who through science research projects show above-average understanding of biotechnology. Winners of the competition were announced dur- Rui Song 2nd place in Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada competition ing the keynote luncheon at the 2012 Bio International Convention. Song's mentors, Dr. Kirstin Bett and Rob Stonehouse of the Plant Sciences Department at the Uni- versity of Saskatchewan said her work raises the hope of developing a new, more nutritious variety of lentil. "As a participant since 2008, my SBCC experience has definitely changed my life," said Song in a release. "Not only did I receive a glimpse in the research process, I gained a new perspective on career opportunities in the biotechnology sector. My experience has shaped my future career path and moti- vated me to change the world for the better through research." Canada's other competitor, Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 Janelle Tam, who took first place at the national 2012 Sanofi BioGE- NEius Challenge Canada in May, was awarded a $500 prize and honourable mention at the interna- tional competition for her project demonstrating that cellulose is also a potent anti-aging disease-fighting compound. Her mentor was Dr. Zhaoling Yao from the University of Waterloo. Tam's research could potentially improve health and anti- aging products, including tablets, bandages or cosmetic cream. "In research, I get to discover what no one has found out be- fore, which is really exciting," said Tam, in a press release. "I think this opens up a whole new field for NCC, and I'm thrilled that the Continued on page 3 Photos courtesy of the National Research Council of Canada

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