VANCOUVER, April 5 /CNW/ - Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX-V: BU)
announced today that Dr. James Daun - special advisor to Burcon - received the
Eminent Scientist award for exceptional contributions to canola/rapeseed
improvement at the 12th International Rapeseed Congress in Wuhan, China on
March 27, 2007. Dr. Daun is the 7th person and the first non-geneticist to win
the award since the first award was made to Dr. Baldur Stefansson in 1988.
Dr. Daun's work on the composition of canola seed, oil and meal and on
the development of methods to measure canola quality, especially the use of
near infrared spectroscopy to support breeding programs, were cited as his
special contributions to the industry. He also received a citation from the
Ministry of Agriculture of China presented by the Vice Minister of Agriculture
of the Peoples Republic of China for his significant contribution to the
development of rapeseed sciences.
The International Rapeseed Award, called "Eminent Scientist Award" was
created in 1983 to recognize scientific achievement in the framework of
rapeseed research. The Award is presented on the occasion of each
International Rapeseed Congress held once every fourth year under the auspices
of the GCIRC. GCIRC (International Consultative Group of Research on Rapeseed)
has its headquarters in Paris, France, and consists of over 100 members from
23 different countries (membership is restricted to a maximum of
8 per country). Previous award winners were:
Dr. Jan Krzymanski (Poland) in 2003.
Dr. Gerhard Rvbbelen (Germany) in 1999.
Dr. Keith Downey (Canada) and Dr. Jacques Morice (France) in 1995.
Dr. Fu Ting Dong (China) in 1991.
Dr. Baldur Stefansson (Canada) received the first award in 1987.
"We are exceptionally pleased for Jim that he was selected for this
prestigious award," stated Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon's President & COO who
added, "We, along with so many of Jim's peers, recognize the significant
contributions that he has made to the canola industry."
About Burcon NutraScience
Burcon is a research and development company developing a portfolio of
composition, application, and process patents around its plant protein
extraction and purification technology. The goal of Burcon's research is to
develop its patented process to utilize inexpensive oilseed meals for the
production of purified plant proteins that exhibit valuable nutritional,
functional or nutraceutical profiles. Burcon, in conjunction with Archer
Daniels Midland, is currently focusing its efforts on developing the world's
first commercial canola proteins, Puratein(R) and Supertein(TM). Canola,
recognized for its nutritional qualities, is the second-largest oilseed crop
in the world after soybeans. Burcon's goal is to develop Puratein and
Supertein to participate with soy, dairy, and egg proteins in the expanding
multi-billion-dollar protein ingredient market, with potential uses in
prepared foods, nutritional supplements, and personal care products.
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