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May 30, 2002
City recognizes Aventis Pasteur Biotech Challenge winners
Economic Development - The Economic Development and Parks Committee
recognized the winners of the 2002 Aventis Pasteur Biotech Challenge on behalf
of Toronto City Council yesterday.

Ivy Lui, of Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Yves Wang and
Bridget McLeod, both of Northern Secondary School in Toronto, received
certificates from Councillor Mike Feldman on behalf of Toronto City Council.

Mark Lievonen, President, Aventis Pasteur and Chairman of the BIO2002 Steering
Committee, was on hand for the ceremony. "These bright, enthusiastic Toronto
high school students represent the very best of Toronto and, indeed, Canada's
youth and it is an honour for my company to sponsor the Aventis Biotech
Challenge in which they did so well recently."

The 2002 Aventis Biotech Challenge requires senior students (grades 11, 12 and
OAC) to submit innovative, original research projects of their own design while
junior challengers (grades 9 and 10) specialize in bio-remediation - the use of
a biological process to modify, reduce or remove unwanted contaminated
substances from water, soil or air.

Toronto Economic Development 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 has Canada's largest cluster of biotech
and biomedical companies in the country which employ more people than any other
metropolitan area in North America.

"Toronto represents the largest cluster of biotech companies in Canada," said
Lievonen. "The city is a global centre for biotech and with the BIO2002
conference beginning June 9, we will welcome 15,000 delegates from over 45
countries to the world's largest biotech business conference."

"It's very exciting for Toronto to host BIO2002 and it is gratifying to see the
success of the City's efforts and initiatives in encouraging this sector to
grow," said Michael Feldman, Chair of Economic Development and Parks Committee.
"This conference is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our City's biotech
sector to our international visitors."

Media Contact
Media contact:
Brenda Librecz, Managing Director, Economic Development,



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