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25th Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by Farris

September 14 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

On September 14, 2023, we celebrated the 25th Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by Farris. This distinguished occasion provided a unique opportunity for British Columbia’s vibrant life sciences community to gather and celebrate its members’ outstanding achievements and recognize the tireless efforts of those who have devoted their careers to advancing health innovations.

Embracing its status as Canada’s fastest-growing life sciences sector, our BC ecosystem is currently witnessing unparalleled momentum in scientific discovery, innovation, capital attraction, and the cultivation of talent. This remarkable progress extends beyond geographical boundaries, positively impacting patient health on a global scale while building a resilient and sustainable life science sector within our local community.

The Life Sciences BC Awards celebrated and honored the exceptional individuals and organizations that served as catalysts in propelling the sector forward.

Building upon the success of last year, we were delighted to offer not one but TWO excellent ways to be a part of this extraordinary event. Alongside the distinguished central Awards Gala room, we were excited to reintroduce the highly popular Awards Networking and Viewing Reception Room.

Networking and Viewing Reception Overview:

We were pleased to announce the return of the popular Networking and Viewing Reception room, adjacent to the main gala. This engaging space featured elegant cocktail tables and comfortable theatre-style seating. As an alternative to a sit-down dinner, guests at the reception were treated to a variety of delectable, stationed food options.

The ceremony was livestreamed in the reception room, ensuring that our Networking and Viewing Reception guests could enjoy every moment of the awards program.

Before and after the event, as well as during breaks, guests at the Networking and Viewing Reception had the chance to engage with Gala ticket holders in the shared foyer.

Networking and Viewing Reception Inclusions:

  • A delectable selection of stationed canapés.
  • One drink ticket per guest can be redeemed for a choice of wine, beer, or a refreshing soft drink.
  • Excellent networking opportunities, providing the chance to connect with sector supporters and stakeholders.
  • A relaxed and informal viewing environment, allowing guests to enjoy the awards ceremony in a more laid-back setting via live stream

Networking and Viewing Reception Cost:

• LSBC members – $99

• LSBC non-members – $149

• Student – $99

Gala Overview: SOLD OUT!

The Awards gala was held in the main ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Attendees of the main gala enjoyed a three-course plated meal, with an optional glass of wine, while experiencing the live awards ceremony from their assigned guest tables.

Throughout the event, guests had the opportunity to engage in networking activities before and after the gala and during breaks in the shared foyer. This provided a chance to connect with fellow gala ticket holders and guests attending the Networking and Viewing Reception.

Gala Inclusions:

• Three-course plated meal

• One glass of wine per person

• Celebrate with Award winners in the main ballroom, where awards are presented

• A formal seating arrangement with banquet tables

This Year’s Celebrated Award Winners Were:

Company Awards

Companies of the Year:
WELL Health Technologies Corp.
Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Emerging Company of the Year:
Abdera Therapeutics Inc.

Strategic Partner of the Year:
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation (JEDI)

*Companies to Watch – Recognition Honour Roll:
Bold Therapeutics Inc.
Gandeeva Therapeutics
Sonic Incytes Medical Corp.

Individual Awards

Dr. Don Rix Lifetime Achievement:
Noel Hall

Milton Wong Community Leadership:
Dr. Haig Farris

Scientific Entrepreneurship:
Dr. Peter Zandstra

Genome BC Scientific Excellence:
Dr. Laura Arbour

* This honour-roll recognition is not an award but celebrates the exceptional accomplishments of early-stage companies that have distinguished themselves from their peers over the last year.

Event Details:

Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2023

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West – Level 3

1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3


Doors Open: 5:00pm PT

Networking: 5:00pm – 6:00pm PT

Guests Seated: 6:00pm PT

Programming Ends: 9:30pm PT

Networking: 9:30pm – 10:30pm PT

Final Departure: 10:30pm PT

Suggested Attire: Business, or Semi-Formal

This is a cashless event.  You are welcome to purchase additional beverages from the bar with a credit or debit card.

Please note that we will NOT be offering a waitlist for the Gala this year.

A waitlist will be available for the Networking and Viewing Reception should this space reach capacity.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Nelson

Manager, Events



September 14
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Event Category:


Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, Canada


Life Sciences BC