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Laboratory Focus May 2012

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PHARMACEUTIC AL C LINIC AL C HEMIC AL FOOD ENVIRONMENT Prospects for biopolymer hyaluronan production Page 7 MAY 2012 Volume 16, Number 3 Behind Closed Doors SANOFI BIOGENEIUS CHALLENGE CANADA GREATER TORONTO AREA RESULTS the value of medical laboratory professionals in Canada Page 13 R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 5 Pharma Notes .................... 6 New Products ..................15 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 Photo: Mark Lievonen, president of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, congratulates Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada GTA Winners Grade 12 students Daniel Zhang and Alexander Tigert of Northern Secondary School at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Innovative research by two 17-year- old Toronto students that could lead to better treatment of depres- sion and anxiety has earned the top prize in the Greater Toronto Area competition of the "2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC)", a biotechnology research competition that encourages stu- dents to pursue future studies and careers in the field of biotechnol- ogy. Held at the MaRS Discovery District, the SBCC Awards cer- emony was attended by over 150 Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 students, and representatives from industry, government and education. Emceed by Dr. Gavin Clark, University of Toronto (retired), award presenters included senior representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, MaRs Discovery District, Life Sciences Ontario, Ry- erson University, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, York University, University of Toronto and Sanofi Pasteur Limited. The First place award of $2,500 went to GTA Grade 12 students Alexander Tigert and Zelun (Dan- iel) Zhang of Northern Secondary School, who were mentored by Dr. Corey Nislow and Dr. Marinella Gebbia at the University of Toronto. The duo won the top regional prize with a novel way of testing the posi- tive effects of drugs that target one of the brain's dopamine receptors, which are related to many neuro- logical processes including motiva- tion, pleasure, cognition, memory and learning. The students created a genetically-modified yeast that expresses the human type D2 dopamine receptor, offering a new way to measure the effectiveness of current and new drugs to treat neurological conditions such as depression and anxiety. Mark Lievonen, president of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, presented the first place award. "The students in this competition represent some of the brightest young scientists in Canada and I congratulate them all on their outstanding achieve- ments," said Lievonen. "Through this program, we are investing in the future, celebrating excellence and creating a critical mass of bio- technology talent in Canada." The Commercialization Award of $1,000 was given to Varsha Jayas- ankar, 15, of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton. Continued on page 3

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