December 1, 2016

LifeSciences BC Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event on Bio Pharma featuring CDRD & GE Healthcare



Greg Titus, GM Global Strategic Accounts & OneLS Account Management & Enterprise Solutions, GE Life Sciences, Nancy Harrison, President, MSI Methylation Sciences, Inc. and Gordon McCauley, Interim CEO & President, The Centre for Drug Research and Development.

LifeSciences BC was please to host a lively breakfast session with featured speakers Greg Titus and Gord McCauley, who both addressed the development undertaken to ensure that new drug therapies are commercialized. 

GE Life Sciences Presentation: From Discovery to Commercialization How can GE help?

November 17, 2016

LifeSciences BC McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Series on “Exporting to the U.S. and trends at the FDA”

From Left to Right: Ali Ardakani, Managing Director, Novateur Ventures, Dr. Carol Stephens, Drug and Diagnostic Development Lead, Novateur Ventures, Jennifer Arntorp, Director of Operations at LivaNova Canada Corp., Dr. Thomas Stephens, Head Regulatory Affairs, Novateur Ventures Inc.

LifeSciences BC was pleased to feature Novateur Ventures Inc. and LivaNova Canada Corp. at our McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Event on “Exporting to the U.S. and interesting trends to be aware of at the FDA” on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Terminal City Club, Vancouver.

  • For Access to Dr. Tom Stephens presentation please click here.
  • Dr. Carol Stephens presentation please click here.


November 2 – 3, 2016

Access to Innovation 2016

November 2, 2016



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bd4_4109Hon. Dr. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education

bd4_4501Dr. Steven Xanthoudakis, Director, Business Development & Licensing, MERCK

bd4_4135DDr. Helen Loughrey, Executive-in-Residence, CIHR bd4_4261Dr. Cindy Bell, Ex. Vice President Research, Genome Canada bd4_4896Dr. David Castle, Vice President, Research, University of Victoria bd4_4450
bd4_4874Dr. Joby McKenzie, Senior V.P. Business Development, LifeLabs Medical bd4_5074Dr. Leslie Alexandre, President & CEO, Life Sciences Washington bd4_4642 riddles-wilkinson-drohanDr. Peter Riddles, Hon. A. Wilkinson and Paul Drohan

November 3, 2016

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bd4_5595 Dr. Gavin Stuart, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Dr. Bettina HamelinDr. Bettina Hamelin, Vice President Research, NSERC bd4_5836 Dr. Sue Collier, Head, Medical Operations, Salford Lung Study, GSK, UK bd4_6004 Mark Rowan, Sue Collier, Bettina Hamelin, Peter Riddles, Robin Sherrington
bd4_6379 Dr. Bob Bluman, Dr. Heather Davidson mark-rowenMark Rowen, Associate Director, Business Development, Genentech bd4_6357 Dr. Paul Terry, CEO, PHEMI bd4_6504 Stephane Lassignardie, GM AbbVie & Gordon McCauley, Interim CEO, CDRD

 Access to Innovation 2016


November 2, 2016

November 3, 2016

September 15, 2016


Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services, attends the 2016 LifeSciences BC Annual General Meeting as our special keynote speaker.

August 30, 2016

BC Jobs Announcement 08-30-16

Left to Right: Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary, Paul Drohan, CEO, LifeSciences BC, Hon. Shirley Bond, Jennifer McCaron, President,  Atomic Cartoons, Taylor Briggs, ‎VP, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and David Foster, COO, Conquer Mobile

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond and Parliamentary Secretary Greg Kyllo give update on British Columbia’s economic progress on the BC Jobs Plan. It was announced that BC is leading the country on job growth.

June 16, 2016

20th Annual Novateur Salmon BBQ

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Ali Ardakani, Managing Partner, Novateur Ventures Inc. and Paul Drohan, President & CEO, LifeSciences BC welcome guest to our special evening.

On a beautiful June evening LifeSciences BC welcomed guest to enjoy the 20th Annual Novateur Salmon BBQ at Cecil Green Park on the campus of UBC.

May 12, 2016

Invest in B.C. 2016 



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LifeSciences BC and Lumira Capital are proud to partner in presenting INVEST IN BC 2016 to be held in Vancouver on May 12, 2016 at the Terminal City Club. Dr. Sam Wasdworth, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Aspect Biosystems, makes his investment pitch to an audience of investors at INVEST in BC 2016. INVEST IN BC 2016 brought together stakeholders in the healthcare innovation ecosystem in an exciting day of innovative pitches. Entrepreneurs told their stories and got feedback and engagement from a wide range of investor stakeholders. Investors  ranged from angel investors, venture capital, corporate venture and foundations.

Invest in BC 2016 Report


Thursday, April 7, 2016


McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Series on Choosing the Right Employee Fit for Your Company


Left to Right: Brent Dodge, Lock Search Recruiter, David Frost, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault, Dan O’Day, Partner, Lock Search, Susan Milne, Director, HR, Neovasc, Paul Drohan, CEO LifeSciences BC

Companies are defined by their people. Choosing the right fit and experience is a challenge faced by most employers. This McCarthy Spotlight introduced successful companies that shared their experiences and integrated business approach to quality hiring. Executive recruiters from Lock Search Group and the HR Director from Neovasc discussed their hiring concepts and beliefs on attracting life sciences talent to British Columbia. Also included in the discussion was Paul Drohan’s experience as Senior Global VP, Genzyme in managing and recruiting large and experienced teams.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Blakes Breakfast on Bio Pharma featuring Amgen British Columbia and DelMar Pharmaceuticals

Blakes Breakfast on Bio Pharma featuring Amgen British Columbia and DelMar Pharmaceuticals

Left to Right: Scott Praill, CFO DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Paul Drohan, President & CEO LifeSciences BC, Helen Jordan, VP & GM, Amgen Canada, Dr. John Delaney, Executive Director, Biologics Discovery, Amgen BC and Joe Garcia, Partner, Vancouver, Blakes

This Blakes event focused on biopharma innovation and the years invested in clinical research and the millions directed at new medicine discovery. Amgen identified their R&D investment in Canada, including the clinical research invested in B.C., in excess of 85M CDN. For the years invested in clinical discovery, the end result for both Amgen and DelMar, is their proud record of achievement in trying to manage better health outcomes for those with grievous diseases.

March 3, 2016

LifeSciences BC welcomed the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, to a Round Table Discussion on Work Force Development in the Life Sciences sector.

Workforce meeting march 3 2016

Left to Right: Judith Thompson, Director HR, Liva Nova, Andrew Booth, CFO, STEMCELLT echnologies, Paul Drohan, President & CEO, LifeSciences BC, Rob Mingay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Workforce Development & Immigration, Robin Sherrington, Sr. VP, Business & Corporate Development and Eben Watt, Director, Workforce Mobility, Workforce Development & Immigration Division

The meeting generated a fulsome discussion on economic immigration with a focus on capturing a larger capacity of highly educated and skilled life science talent to work in B.C. Also addressed was the need for a paradigm shift in education to occur in this province. Given as a discussion point was  the combining of academic disciplines such as Bio Engineering, to manage the long term sustainability of the sectors growth and prosperity in BC.

February 25, 2016

LifeSciences BC Medtech Showcase Series: Clarius Mobile Health Software tools for medical device development

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Clarius – Medical Technology presentation

One of the trickiest issues in developing a medical device company is building systems for complying with regulatory requirements. Clarius has experimented and settled on tools for design control and QA compliance. On this evening they shared their experiences with the group.

January 21, 2016 


LifeSciences BC Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event on Digital Health


Left to Right: Elizabeth Sun, Manager, Membership & Sponsors LifeSciences BC, Warren Wall, Ex. VP D-Wave, Lynda Brown, CEO, Curatio and Paul Drohan, CEO & President LifeSciences BC.

Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event was pleased to present Warren Wall, Executive VP, COO, D-Wave Systems Inc. and Lynda Brown, CEO, Curatio Networks Inc. to discuss their companies evolution and growth in the digital health space.

December 7 – 11, 2015

LifeSciences BC – UK Mission 2015


Left to Right: George Freeman, UK MP & Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences, Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health, Paul Drohan, President & CEO, LifeSciences BC, Louise Turner, President, BC Premier’s Technology Council

LifeSciences BC organized a team mission in collaboration with One Nucleus and timed to the Genesis Conference to visit Oxford, Cambridge and London. Objectives: 1. Engage with the world’s leading universal healthcare system to explore possible initiatives that can be initiated/transferred into the BC healthcare system, e.g. “Test Beds in the NHS” 2. Explore and understand the benefits of the positive working relationship with between UK Government and Industry, e.g. Office of Life Sciences, CATAPULTS, BioCatalyst Fund, etc. 3. Understand the data availability to the private sector through an engagement with the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) 4. Explore how BC companies can use the UK as their EU base through the development of relationships with potential collaborators, services providers and health regulators.

BC-UK Life Sciences Mission Report Dec 2015