Lab Profiles

Prairies to Pharmacy

By TREVOR KENNEY Southern Alberta’s vast prairies can often be harsh and unforgiving. Windswept and prone to temperature extremes of 35 C during baked dry summer months and -35 C in the bone-chilling winter, its landscape is still surprisingly rich in flora, producing an array of hearty plants that are just now being recognized for their unique properties of medical …

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The power of plants to ‘grow’ low-cost, high value drugs

By Jana Manolakos While medicines have been extracted from plants for centuries, plants and plant cell systems today can be genetically engineered to serve as drug-producing factories for a range of antibodies and other protein-based therapeutics and vaccines.At the forefront stands Canadian biopharmaceutical company PlantForm, which is harnessing plants for cost-effective therapeutic drugs for cancer and other life-threatening conditions — …

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A cure for mental illness?

Curing mental illness completely. That’s the next phase of the psychedelics journey, in which Canada is taking its first few, cautious steps.

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COMPANY PROFILE: The Perimeter Institute

At the Perimeter Institute, considered the world’s largest research hub for theoretical physics, they ask big questions – and gather big data. Its researchers also have won the Buchalter Cosmology Prize for six consecutive years.

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