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Bioniche Invited to Participate in Canadian Beef Value Chain Roundtable
Date:2/3/2009

           - President of Bioniche Food Safety an invited speaker -

BELLEVILLE, ON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, announced that its President of Bioniche Food Safety, Rick Culbert, is today participating in a Canadian Beef Value Chain Roundtable in Gatineau, Quebec. The two-day Roundtable involves representatives from regulatory authorities, ranchers, feedlot operators, processors, retail and food service representatives, feed suppliers and others. They are meeting to develop a strategy focused on improving competitiveness of the Canadian beef industry through market access and development, the regulatory environment, research and innovation and information transfer.

In his presentation to the Roundtable, Mr. Culbert will be sharing information about the Company's Econiche(TM) cattle vaccine, the world's first vaccine developed to reduce the shedding by cattle of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157. Econiche is fully licensed for sale in Canada by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The vaccine has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of E. coli O157 shed into the environment by beef and dairy cattle and, in turn, reduce the risk to human health. An outbreak of human infection with E. coli O157 last fall in North Bay, Ontario, Canada involved 250 people reporting symptoms 50 lab-confirmed cases of human illness including one case of Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). The illnesses were associated with a Harvey's Restaurant in that community.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless but some, like O157:H7, can cause severe illness and even be fatal when ingested by humans from contaminated meat, vegetables or water. Vaccination of cattle with Econiche can help reduce the risk of food and waterborne contamination with E. coli O157. Cows carry E. coli O157:H7 but they don't get sick. Where
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