Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Sanofi Pasteur offices in Toronto last Wednesday, October 15, for a round-table discussion about innovation in the manufacturing arena. The Premier also took time to meet with Sanofi Pasteur co-op students and recent participants in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) – Alina Ma, Quentin Wong, Arachel Abella, and Monica Naguib. Partners in Research is delighted to be the new Key Managing Partner of the annual competition and to support the next generation of SBCC participants.
“We need to invest in the new generation,” Premier Wynne said to an audience of R&D employees. She touched on the importance of collaboration between private and public sectors. Premier Wynne was particularly impressed with the SBCC, an initiative that involves the collaboration of Sanofi Pasteur and Partners in Research.
Through the annual SBCC, high school students experience the real-world of biotechnology research and are encouraged to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology. Biotechnology will be one of the major knowledge-based industries in the 21st century, and it is vital for Canada to foster the next generation of Canadian biotechnology engineers and scientists through initiatives like the SBCC.
After the round-table meeting, Premier Wynne held a press conference at which she highlighted the importance of exposing young people to the career possibilities it offers.
“It was a very successful visit,” said Mark Lievonen, President of Sanofi Pasteur. “I look forward to building our partnership with the Premier.”
When it comes to the topics of youth and innovation, Partners in Research, Sanofi Pasteur and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne all agree: the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada is an exciting and essential initiative that brings together industry, government, academia, and youth.