The premier of Ontario, Canada, will be recognized for his contributions to the development of the biotechnology industry in his province during the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. 

Dalton McGuinty will receive the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s second annual international leadership award, which honors individuals who help forge policies that encourage biotechnology innovation.

The yearly BIO conference is expected to draw 16,000-20,000 professionals to Atlanta from about 60 countries May 18-21.

Under Mr. McGuinty’s leadership, Ontario has pledged $3.2 billion to support research and innovation, creating a cancer center, clean fuels initiatives, pharmaceutical programs and funding for gene-related research.

Ontario’s life sciences industry employs more than 43,000 people at more than 850 companies that generate $14 billion in annual revenues, according to a BIO news release.

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