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November 2, 2016 - November 3, 2016


LifeSciences BC’s ACCESS TO INNOVATION Conference brings together academia, health institutions, government and industry to engage in discussions on how we can improve on access to innovation. Attracting over 300+ participants last year from B.C., Canada and internationally, we are planning a bigger and better conference for 2016. During these two days, we aim to transform Access to Innovation in B.C. and contribute to the knowledge-based economy.

This focus of the two days are:

  • DAY 1 – R&D Perspective: How to accelerate translational research to company development and marketed products & services;
  • DAY 2 – Health System PerspectiveModels of innovation uptake into healthcare systems and how to accelerate Market Enablers.


To register at the regular LifeSciences BC member or non-member rates, click here:

To register at the government or student rate, click here.

Please scroll down for:

  • Agenda & Programming At-A-Glance
  • Detailed List of Speakers (Day 1 & Day 2)
  • Event Sponsors
  • Event Details (Date, Time, Venue)
  • Registration Information

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Access to Innovation 2016 Agenda

Programming At-A-Glance:

Government of BC: 

  • Ministry of Advanced Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services

Health Authorities & Research Centers in B.C.: 

  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Vancouver Prostate Centre
  •  The Centre for Drug Research & Development

Provincial Governments and Federal Heath Research Organizations: 

  • Genome Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of HealthLondon Health Sciences
  • Alberta Innovates
  • National Research Council Canada (NRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); 
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)

Academic Institutions: 

  • Life Sciences Institute – University of British Columbia
  • Faculty of Medicine – University of British Columbia
  • Research – University of Victoria

International Presenters: 

  • Life Science Washington
  • GSK, United Kingdom
  • ViciBio Pty Australia

National & International Companies in the Health/Life Sciences space: 

  • Merck
  • Telus Health
  • LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
  • Medronic
  • Ayogo
  • PwC
  • Xenon Pharmaceuticals
  • Qu Biologics

List of Speakers:

Keynote Speakers:

         Andrew Wilkinson   Hon. Dr. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister, Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of B.C.

        photo_virk1  Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Government of B.C.

       Hon. Dr. Terry Lake, Minister of Health, Government of B.C. Hon. Dr. Terry Lake, Minister, Ministry of Health, Government of B.C.


NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Confirmed Presenters:

  • Dr. Joby McKenzie Dr. Joby McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Business Development, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
  •  Neil Fraser  Neil Fraser, President, Medronic Canada
  • Dr. Ryan D'Arcy Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Founder, Innovation Boulevard, BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technologies and Professor of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University
  • Michael Fergusson  Michael Ferguson, CEO, Ayogo
  • Dr. Bernard Massie Dr. Bernard Massie, General Manager (acting) at National Research Council Canada
  • Dtr. Jason Crawford Dr. Jason Crawford, VP, Scientific Operations, The Centre for Drug Research & Development (CDRD)

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Confirmed Presenters:

Thank you to our Access to Innovation Event Sponsors & Supporters:

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Session Sponsor  abbvie

Session Sponsor Life_Labs

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Event Supporters  GSK medtronic_logophix_full-color_black-sub-cmykBC_logobiotalent_logo_2col_bilef

Ready to register?

Event Details:

Dates: November 2 & 3, 2016

Time: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver



Please note, for the Government Rate you must be working directly within a Ministry and have a gov.bc.ca email address.

**No ticket refunds given after October 14, 2016. Must be 19 years or older to attend.


For more information, please contact:

Sarah Wuertz
Manager, Operations & Events
LifeSciences BC
Tel: 604-669-9909 ext 104
Email: swuertz@lifesciencesbc.ca


November 2, 2016
November 3, 2016
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Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2X1 Canada
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