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biotech strategy discussion document release tues

advisory: biotech strategy discussion document release tomorrow + photo op

"Deciding where New Zealand wants to be in the biotech future is a key priority for us all," says Research, Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson.

"That is why the government is releasing a Biotechnology Strategy discussion paper tomorrow. The priorities we set now will influence our successes in the future."

Current uses of biotechnology include: · research into the causes of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis; · research into safe, effective natural pesticide products from plants; · recycling of waste from oil, chemicals and heavy metals; · conversion of waste to energy; · improved industrial processes for the dairy and meat industries.

The discussion paper will be released tomorrow. There will be a photo opportunity at the Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Limited (IRL) in Lower Hutt.

Mr Hodgson will visit IRL's bio-pharmaceutical facility, where pre-drugs are being made for clinical trials for cancer treatment. He will also visit a new research laboratory where new drugs are being researched, including cancer treatments.

DATE: Tuesday 22 October 2002

TIME: 11.30am

VENUE: Industrial Research Limited, Gracefield Rd (base of Wainuiomata Hill), main entrance. Look for the 4-storey building and head for reception.

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