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The sequencing of the human genome has led to further understanding of how to detect and treat diseases. Health biotechnology has had a direct impact on the daily lives of Canadians. Vaccines, antibiotics, cancer therapeutics, genetic testing, and innovative diagnoses and treatments for diseases such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis are just some of the biotechnology health innovations improving Canadians’ health.

The majority of biotech research in Canada is health-based, and over 80 percent of Canadians overwhelmingly support research and the use of products and processes that use biotechnology. Canadians see the benefits biotechnology offers to our health, the environment and economy, with most expecting to benefit from biotechnology in their lifetime.1

Biotechnology plays an important role as a preventative tool in the health care system. Screening patients for susceptibility to disease and providing vaccinations against the onset of disease has benefitted millions of Canadians. Improved diagnostic tools help doctors and researchers detect disease and design targeted treatments for patients. The occurrence of side effects can be minimized by understanding how a person’s genetic makeup affects their capacity to metabolize medicines. We can target the right treatment for the right person more efficiently, easing the strain on an overburdened health care system. In the future, biotechnology will improve your health by using and understanding your genetic code to diagnose and fight disease.

As research continues, Canadian leadership in biotechnology will grow and offer global solutions with expertise in:

  • Cancer therapeutics and vaccines

  • Treatments for heart disease, arthritis, rare diseases, Alzheimer’s and diabetes

  • HIV and AIDS treatments

  • Stem cell research

  • Infectious disease treatments


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