Celebrating Life Science Innovators Noted as BC Women of Influence

VANCOUVER, BC – March 23, 2018, The BC LifeSciences Association is pleased to celebrate the following women in Life Sciences in BC Businesses 2018 Women of Influence list. The list celebrates top female influencers making an impact in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM):

Louise Turner – CEO, Innovation Boulevard, partnership between City of Surrey and SFU to help commercialize health technology; former president, Premier’s Technology Council.

Norma Biln – Co-founder and CEO, Augurex Life Sciences Corp., Vancouver biotechnology company developing biomarker blood tests to help patients achieve better disease outcomes; director, New Ventures BC.

Joy Johnson – Vice-president, research and international, SFU; a leader of the SFU Innovates strategy, which aims to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship at the university. Emcee at this year’s 2018 LifeSciences BC Annual Awards Dinner, presented by FARRIS.

Veronique Lecault – Co-founder, AbCellera Biologics Inc., Vancouver developer of antibody discovery and immune profiling platform.

Lesley Esford – our own President, LifeSciences British Columbia, non-profit industry association in Vancouver; former industrial technology adviser to the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP); member of Kauffman Fellows, a Silicon Valley–based international leadership program.

This is the fourth celebration of BC’s Women of Influence published by BC Business of Women who contribute to a “brighter future for our province and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” The Province of British Columbia is home to many female innovators making an impact in STEM. Lesley Esford, President of LifeSciences BC commented,” I was honored to be included amongst accomplished women in our sector and a variety of other fields. Congratulations to my peers in life sciences.”

We look forward to celebrating these women and 2018’s BC LifeSciences Award winning companies at our upcoming annual dinner. Please join us for the 20th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards Dinner, presented by FARRIS on April 19, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Our Keynote Address will be Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade & Technology. Early bird ticket sales end on March 29th. You can purchase tickets on our website www.lifescienesbc.bc.

For more information contact:
Susan Ogilvie
Manager, Communications and External Affairs
604-669-9909 Ext. 6
Email: Sogilvie@lifesciencesbc.ca
580 -01285 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8

About LifeSciences BC
LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry.

Life sciences sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical technology, to digital health and medical devices, are integrated into our organization and all that we do, ensuring that no life sciences sector is working in isolation — and that all sectors come together in a comprehensive, complementary and coordinated fashion.

Throughout the year, LifeSciences BC undertakes numerous programs and projects in support of these sectors. These include public policy initiatives, facilitating trade missions between global industry and our local organizations, raising the profile of our industry internationally and thus facilitating investment and global partnering opportunities, and helping nurture economic development in British Columbia through the life sciences industry.