The scope of biotechnology in Canada is absolutely huge. The country can rightly be seen as a world leader in biotechnology, and should definitely be on your radar if you intend to study and work in this exciting field where the technology of the future is created.
There are over 400 biotechnology companies on Canada, which is second only to the United States. It also holds among the world’s highest number of US biotechnology patents.
Canada has been the pioneer of a number of biotechnology advances going back to the early 20th century. One of the biggest among them is the discovery of the process of making synthetic insulin. The country is also at the forefront of contemporary research in the application of biotechnology to the medical sciences, including the sequencing of chromosomes, and disease research.
Currently all the major universities offer several courses of study in different fields of biotechnology, from undergraduate to postgraduate. There is also a great skills shortage in many fields of biotechnology, so a exciting career is all but a certainty for future graduates.
If you enter the field of biotechnology, you have so many choices of specific discipline. If you have a passion for feeding the world, there is a lot of work being done in agriculture. Genetic modification has revolutionised agriculture since the 90s, and newer technologies are making it even safer and cheaper to produce crops with desirable traits. There are also jobs further down the food cycle, for instance in food technology, where you can work on food additives and food preservation. Medical applications include designing newer processes for producing cheaper, safer medicines. There’s also a lot of genome research that have the aim of curing diseases such as cancer and AIDS, as well as fight against viruses like Zika, Ebola, and SARS.