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May 8, 2002
Media Advisory: Toronto's students rewarded for efforts in biotechnology
Students from Toronto and the surrounding area will be in the spotlight on May
9 when the awards ceremony for the Aventis Biotech Challenge takes place. The
Aventis Biotech Challenge brings together creative and curious young people
interested in solving a problem by using biotechnology.

For the 2002 Aventis Biotech Challenge, senior students (Grades 11, 12 and OAC)
competed on innovative, original research projects of their own design while
intermediate challengers (Grades 9 and 10) worked in the area of
bio-remediation - the use of a biological process to modify, reduce or remove
unwanted contaminated substances from water, soil or air.

Senior challengers will compete for more than $12,000 in cash prizes and
scholarships, and the top five intermediate teams will compete for $3,000 in
cash awards.

The Honourable Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada
will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Toronto Economic Development is proud to host the challenge at Metro Hall.
Toronto has been an active participant in the challenge for the last nine years
and strongly supports its goal to highlight career possibilities in
biotechnology. Toronto accommodates Canada's largest cluster of biotech and
biomedical companies in the country and employs more people in this field than
any other metropolitan area in North America.

Date: Thursday, May 9
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Metro Hall, 55 John St.

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