Grade 7 and 8 students go for the gold in biotechnology competition

As part of National Biotechnology Week, grade 7 and 8 students from across London competes in London’s BIOlympics on Friday.

The interactive competition pits student groups against each other as they competed in a series of biotechnology related challenges. The challenges are designed to teach students about core biotechnology principles and also to inspire students to explore future career paths in the sector.

“This event is really about inspiring the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators to explore careers in biotechnology,” said Marilyn Sinclair, President & CEO of TechAlliance. “We want to see London become a centre for biotechnology innovation in Canada, and it starts by educating and inspiring our local youth to make that future a reality.”

The event was made possible thanks to community and business leaders who volunteer to run the biotech-related challenges that students compete in.

“The Biotechnology community understands the importance of attracting young and talented students to pursue science,” Said Dr. Patrick Whippey, a Western University Professor who runs one of the event’s challenges. “Maybe one will discover a new way of treating diabetes or cancer in the future.”

London’s 9th annual BIOlympics marked the close of National Biotechnology Week in London and is one of 50 events that have taken place across Canada this week. With thousands of participants each year, Biotech Week provides a forum to collaborate and showcase the impact the biotechnology industry is having on the country’s economy and the daily lives of Canadians.