For Immediate Release
August 3, 2006
Celebrating 10 Years of Ag-Biotech Education at ABIC 2006
Saskatoon: Ag-West Bio and the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC)
foundation are celebrating 10 years of education and networking within the international ag-biotech
community. The ABIC conference series recognizes its anniversary this August 6-9 in Melbourne,
Australia, 10 years after the success of the first ABIC conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
ABIC 2006 will bring together leading international researchers in the ag-biotech sector with industry
partners and investors. This year’s conference theme is “unlocking the potential of agricultural
biotechnology” and appropriately sessions will focus on innovation and commercialization.
Dr. Ashley O’Sullivan, ABIC Board Chairman and President and CEO of Ag-West Bio, the secretariat
of the ABIC Foundation, is one of the 58 international presenters speaking at the conference in
Melbourne. Presenting on the potential impact of the emerging bio-economy on the environment, Dr.
O’Sullivan will emphasize the need for innovation and commercialization.
“We have an exceptionally sophisticated infrastructure for advanced biotechnology research at the
University of Saskatchewan campus, federal laboratories and companies and organizations situated at
Innovation Place and Regina research parks,” said Dr. O’Sullivan. “In this cooperative atmosphere and
innovative research environment, Saskatchewan enterprises are moving products and technologies to
market. A strong presence at this year’s ABIC conference will showcase the province’s potential for
research and commercialization in agricultural biotechnology.”
Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Director of Business Development for the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron
in Saskatoon, will be recognized at the conference as ABIC’s International Patron. Dr. McLaughlin was
the founding chair of ABIC and has provided continued support to the conference series since its
Members from Ag-West Bio attending ABIC 2006 will be joining Industry and Resources Minister, Eric
Cline and representatives from the University of Saskatchewan, Genome Prairie, National Research
Council – Plant Biotechnology Institute, Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership and other
organizations from the Saskatchewan research community.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Ashley O’Sullivan, President & CEO Krista Dennis, Communications Director
Ag-West Bio Inc. Ag-West Bio Inc.
(306) 975-1939 (306) 975-1939