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BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist

May 29 @ 8:30 am - May 30 @ 3:30 pm

LSBC, in partnership with Biotech Primer, is pleased to present BioBasics 101: The Biology of Biotech for the Non-Scientist. This intensive two-day ‘master course’ is designed to help non-scientists gain a foundational understanding of the science that forms the backbone of biopharma so that you can converse more effectively with colleagues, clients, regulators, and scientists.

On day one, instructor and biotech consultant Kevin Curran, Ph.D., will focus on the function of DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell signaling and how each interacts in both healthy and diseased tissue.

Day two will build on your newfound molecular biology knowledge, including a more in-depth look at genetic disease and how genetic engineering is used to create personalized medicine options for patients.

The course concludes with a survey of small molecule drugs, biologics, and vaccines and explains how each mitigates disease at the molecular level.

Upon completion of this course, you will have:

  • Fluency in the essential terminology of the biopharma industry
  • An understanding of the science driving your company or client’s products
  • Improved ability to communicate with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Determination of where your organization “fits” in the healthcare landscape
  • Increased comprehension of innovative therapies within the biopharma industry

Seating is limited, so register early to reserve your spot.


Day 1:

8:30-9:00am | Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15am | Introductions

9:15-10:15am | Industry Overview

10:15-10:30am | Break

10:30-11:30am | Biology: Basis of Biopharma

11:30 – 12:00pm | DNA: Biopharma’s Blueprint

12:00-12:45pm | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45pm | DNA: Biopharma’s Blueprint

1:45-2:00pm | Break

2:00-3:15pm | Proteins: Biopharma’s Workhorse

3:15-3:30pm | Wrap-Up

Day 2:

8:30-9:00am | Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00am | Genetic Engineering

10:00-10:15am | Break

10:15-11:30am | Genetic Basis of Disease

11:30-12:15pm | Genomics: Understanding the Genetic Basis of Disease

12:15-1:00pm | Lunch

1:00-2:15pm | Genomics: Understanding the Genetic Basis of Disease continued

2:15-2:30pm | Break

2:30-3:15pm | Drugs Mitigate Disease: An Overview

3:15-3:30pm | Wrap-Up

Group Discount:

5% off when registering 5 or more participants.

Class Size:

If the enrollment falls below the minimum requirement of 20 people, the program may be canceled or postponed. It is essential to ensure that enough participants are enrolled to proceed with the program effectively.

Maximum of 30 participants.

For more information please contact:

William Burrows, Director Business Operations

Telephone: 604 669-9909 ext. 101

Email: wburrows@lifesciencesbc.ca

Thank you to our Event Partner:



May 29 @ 8:30 am
May 30 @ 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Life Sciences BC


Oceanic Plaza
1066 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6E 3X2 Canada

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