Chris Lumb, CEO Micralyne
Micralyne is the winner of an Edmonton Smart City Award in the Mediaco/Showtech Research and Technology category.
Dr. Larry Wang, Professor in Biological Sciences and Advisor to the President on International Affairs, University of Alberta
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ITEM:1TITLE: Chris Lumb, CEO Micralyne
SUBJECT: #47 Micralyne, A Leader in Nanotechnology
SYNOPSIS: Micralyne is an Edmonton microfabrication company with a worldwide reputation. In fact there are only 6 such companies in the world and as CEO Chris Lumb is proud to point out, Micralyne is the only one of the bunch that is profitable. Micralyne got its start at the University of Alberta and now as a spinoff company, its a technology transfer success story. Its business is growing at the rate of 30 percent a year and the future looks incredibly bright. So what exactly does Micralyne do? It manufacturers devices so small you can't even see them. As a leader in the micro and nanotechnology fields, Micralyne's is presently targeting the telecom and bio markets. Micralyne's "lab on a chip" devices are a key component in the project that is mapping the human genome. And the company's work on specialized switches will help usher in the next generation of telecommunications technology. Micralyne is the winner of an Edmonton Smart City Award in the Mediaco/Showtech Research and Technology category.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Larry Wang, Professor in Biological Sciences and Advisor to the President on International Affairs, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #47 The Science of Traditional Chinese Medicines
SYNOPSIS: Thirty years ago, people gaffawed at the thought of using things like herbs and acupuncture to treat disease. Today, these are part of the mainstream medical toolkit when it comes to promoting health and wellness in the North America. That change in attitude is due in part to the work of researchers such as Dr. Larry Wang. Larry is part of a research group established at the University of Alberta to look at the scientific basis of traditional medicines such as those used in the Orient. For example, his work on ginseng indicates the root does live up to the folk claim that it enhances memory. And he is showing ginseng has a future in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Central to the Chinese medical tradition is a focus on prevention and building the body's defences so the body can fight disease.