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20th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards Dinner, presented by FARRIS

April 19 @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

20th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS

Thursday, APRIL 19, 2018

Nomination package now available!

Please see below for award categories with a submission deadline 

DEADLINE for SUBMISSIONS

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 5.00PM PST

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Submission Deadline: 5:00PM PST, Wednesday, January 31, 2018


LifeSciences BC’s 20th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS on April 19, 2018, is an opportunity to celebrate our community’s many achievements, small wins and big victories, with our peers, family and friends. This is our moment to recognize and honour the efforts of all those who have invested their life’s work in mastering successful health outcomes.

B.C. has found its place on the international life sciences stage and is recognized in Canada and beyond for its significant accomplishments in medical technology, biopharmaceuticals, health delivery systems, and medical research & development initiatives – the envy of many. We have reached beyond our borders to impact patient health and connect to the world at large, while ensuring the life science sector here, at home, remains vibrant and sustainable.

Innovations can cover the spectrum of disease areas, including cancer, infectious diseases, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiovascular, nanotechnology, and beyond. Many of them involve rare or neglected diseases that afflict either very small populations or people in developing countries. It is hard and relentless work that takes dogged perseverance to capture discovery from bench to bedside.

We are fortunate to have a life science ecosystem that bridges academia with a thriving research & development bionetwork; including world-class healthcare facilities, distinguished health & medical foundations, and renowned centres of excellence that are supportive of translation and commercializing innovation in healthcare.

LifeSciences BC members, as well as non-members, may nominate either companies or individuals using the criteria outlined below. Awards may be given in any of the life science sectors represented by LifeSciences BC including, but not limited to, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical technologies, health IT and genomics.

 

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NOMINATION PROCESS AND GUIDELINES

 

CATEGORIES

A minimum of five winners will be chosen from any one of the following categories:

Life Sciences Company of the Year Award

This award is presented to a company that is operating in the British Columbia life sciences area and whose accomplishments stood out in 2016 by a strong overall performance. This performance may be measured by achieving major milestones such as moving the business from an early stage to a more mature company, raising significant funds, launching a first product on the market and/or achieving or nearing commercial success.

Award Criteria:

  • Company is headquartered in British Columbia with their majority of operations in British Columbia.
  • Company must have more than five years of operating results.
  • Company has secured capital of greater than $50M in capital or company’s annual revenue is projected to reach in excess of $10M.
  • Company has excellent and proven execution of business strategies.
  • Company has demonstrated effective leadership following a clear vision.
  • Company has a key market position/opportunity and/or strategic advantages leading to strong business results.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year Award

This award is presented to an early-stage life sciences company which, although may not be nearing commercial success, has demonstrated outstanding performance and achieved significant milestones in 2017 and positioned itself well for potential future commercial success.

Award Criteria:

  • Company is headquartered in British Columbia with their majority of operations in British Columbia
  • Company must have more than two years of operating results.
  • Company has added a minimum of 10 employees or full-time equivalents (including consultants), in the last 2 years.
  • Company has a proven ability to secure capital (through public, private or other sources) and has raised greater than $1M in the last 2 years.
  • Company has had a key transaction in the last 12 months that will benefit the company’s growth.
  • Company has a key market position/opportunity and/or strategic advantages with the possibility of leading to strong business results in the future.
  • Strategic decisions made by management (e.g. ability to raise capital, demonstrated ability to achieve profitability) that led to significant growth or expansion in 2017.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Genome British Columbia Award for Scientific Excellence

This award honors an individual, group or company located in B.C. that has received significant national or international recognition in the field of genomics and one of the following in 2017: proteomics, bioinformatics or systems.

 Award Criteria:

  • Scientific contribution to advancing the relevant fields of genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics or systems biology, including both the scientific task and how that task contributed to the resolution of the issue.
  • Multiple successful and key efforts of original techniques or research methods in the relevant fields.
  • Monumental work and innovative ideas and/or viewpoints.
  • Technical and/or non-technical scientific achievement and/or challenge.
  • New successfully executed research of national and/or international importance.
  • Proven outcomes, benefits and/or extraordinary results.
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journal and citations of work by other authors.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Medical Technology Company of the Year Award

This award is presented to a company developing a non-biopharmaceutical medical technology that stood out in 2017 by achieving major milestones. This award acknowledges a unique solution or product that clearly demonstrates an alternative solution or a next-stage development in medical technology.

Award Criteria:

  • Company must be a medical device, diagnostics, digital health or e-health company.
  • Company must have at least two years of operating results.
  • Company has raised greater than $5M in capital or company’s annual revenue exceeding $3M.
  • Company has a minimum of 10 employees, full-time equivalent including consultants.
  • The featured/key product or solution of the organization must be commercialized.
  • Company has excellent and proven execution of business strategies.
  • Company holds effective leadership following a clear vision.
  • Company has a key market position/opportunity and/or sustainable strategic advantages leading to strong business results.
  • Has been involved in a significant transaction in 2017.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Award for Clinical Research Excellence

This award is intended to recognize a group, institution or company that has demonstrated excellence in the development and/or delivery of clinical research in the province of B.C. The clinical research definition to be used is that of the NIH; “clinical research” as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.

Clinical research includes:

  • Patient-oriented research – This type of research involves a person or group of people, or uses materials from humans. This research can include 1) mechanisms of human disease, 2) therapeutic interventions, 3) clinical trials, and 4) development of new technologies.
  • Epidemiological and behavioral studies – These types of studies examine the distribution of disease, the factors that affect health, and how people make health-related decisions.
  • Outcomes and health services research – These studies seek to identify the most effective and most efficient interventions, treatments, and services.”

Award Criteria:

  • Clinical research initiatives that are based or originate in the province of B.C. in the past 36 months.
  • Outstanding clinical research initiative, or successful new clinical research service or programs that have enhanced patient access to advanced treatment or care protocols in a clinical research initiative.
  • Significant advancement in patient outcomes, versus standard of care, that can positively impact on the healthcare system delivery and/or costs in the province of B.C. as measured by health economics.
  • Sustainable and durable high standard of clinical care established because of the clinical research initiative. 
  • Leading institution or company engaging in significant local, national and international collaborations that benefit the province of B.C. for a period of 2 – 3 years.
  • Demonstrated leadership role in development of clinical standards.
  • Direct and measurable inward investment because of the clinical initiative.
  • Outcome of the clinical research may have a direct commercial benefit(s).

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research  – Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

The Aubrey J. Tingle Prize is awarded annually to a British Columbia clinician scientist whose work in health research is internationally recognized and has had a significant impact on advancing research in his or her field— as well as the uptake of this evidence — to improve health and the health system in B.C. and globally. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • The nominee must be a British Columbia-based clinician scientist who is actively engaged in clinical or health services and policy research.[1]
  • The nominee must be notable for contribution to research in his or her field and its translation to improve health and the health system.
  • The nominee’s research should be recognizable internationally as novel, original, and of the highest calibre.
  • The individual should have a significant mentorship record above and beyond supervision of trainees. He or she should be regarded as a role model to students and investigators in his/her field.
  • The nominee must have a track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Nomination and review process

The complete nomination package will consist of:

  • Letters from two sponsors: the first from the person proposing the candidate, outlining the rationale for this nomination and addressing the eligibility criteria; the second from an individual willing to endorse the nomination.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including a list of publications in the past 10 years and a description of his/her five most significant contributions.
  • Two of the nominee’s best publications.
  • Contact information (phone & email) for the person they are nominating.2

[1] Candidates must be PhD prepared. Clinician Scientist can include medical doctors as well as health professionals belonging to one of BC’s regulated health professions as recognized by the BC Health Professions Act.  Candidates must hold an MD, MD-equivalent or PhD. 

[2] Information will only be used to contact the successful award recipient.

To submit a nomination, please follow this link CLICK HERE.

Review and selection of the candidates will be made by a volunteer external senior panel, and their recommendation will be forwarded to the executive committee of MSFHR’s Board of Directors for ratification.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018
Contact
For more information about the prize or the nomination process, contact:
Yuliya Shapova, Research Competitions Coordinator: 604.714.2775

 

Deal of the Year Award

This award honour an individual or an organization that, over the last 12 months, have positively impacted on the life sciences sector in British Columbia. Organizations eligible to win this award include, but are not limited to the areas of law, finance, accounting, economic development, incubation, clinical research & consulting. This award is also open to significant collaborations, transactions or innovations that have taken place with companies in the life sciences sector.

Award Criteria:

  • Advisor and/or engagement in a major transaction that had a transformative impact on a business (e.g. wider business impact, such as the development of new markets, products, services and/or technologies and the creation or retention of quality employment opportunities in B.C.) in the last 12 months.
  • Advisor or organization has proven to offer quality services and/or solutions as recognized by collaborators.
  • Advisor has worked with more than one company of the B.C. life sciences sectors in the last 12 months.
  • Advisor or organization has proven ability to demonstrate return on investment.
  • Proven ability to present creative and innovative solutions that benefit B.C.’s life sciences community in the short and long term.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.  

 

Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year Award

This award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of corporations that significantly impacted the British Columbia life sciences sector in 2017.  The award highlights the positive engagement with the sector that have directly resulted from active agreements and/or collaboration that this corporation is now involved in in British Columbia.

Award Criteria:

  • Company can be located inside or outside the province of B.C.
  • Recognized for their commitment to promoting and supporting B. C’s life sciences industry.
  • Contributed significantly to the development and/or success of the life sciences industry in the B.C. community during the past year.
  • Has positive impact on more than one organization in the B.C. life sciences community.
  • Has invested a min. of $10M in the Province in the last 12 months.
  • Investment and/or collaboration can cover a broad range of impacts (e.g. employment, supply chain, prototype development).

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Milton Wong Award for Leadership

This award is designed to recognize an individual inside or outside the direct life sciences and biotechnology industry in British Columbia who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the development of the sector. The award highlights the accomplishments of a person who has impacted and strengthened relationships with external supporters favouring the sector.

Award Criteria:

  • Nominee does not need to be working directly in the life sciences industry in B.C. (e.g. nominee could be working at a service providing firm).
  • Nominee’s positive influence & engagement in the life sciences community will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Must have achieved or is nearing significant commercial success.
  • Must be recognized for their commitment to promoting and supporting the life sciences industry in B.C.
  • Must have contributed significantly to the development or success of the life sciences industry in the B.C. community in the past year.
  • Has positive impact on more than one organization in the B.C. life sciences community.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.

 

Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement This award is presented to an exceptional senior executive individual in celebration of an outstanding career in the life sciences sector. The individual’s contributions may be an innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice. The performance will be based on several factors including financing, partnerships, accomplishments of milestones and growth.

Award Criteria:

  • May be retired or semi-retired, but may still be active in the industry in some capacity.
  • May currently be living outside of B.C., but most of their work contributions took place in B.C.
  • Lasting impact of contribution(s) throughout their career.
  • Demonstration of leadership and inspiration to others in the sector.
  • Mentored young and upcoming members of the life sciences community.
  • Overcoming of obstacles throughout their career.
  • Positive influence on the sector on a provincial, national and/or international level.
  • Involved in significant deals that benefited the B.C. life sciences sector.

To submit a nomination in this category, please CLICK HERE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

AWARDS        

Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year Award

Life Sciences Company of the Year Award

Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement

Medical Technology Company of the Year Award

Milton Wong Award for Leadership

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year Award

Award for Clinical Research Excellence

Deal of the Year Award

Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence

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April 19
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LifeSciences BC