BioTalent Canada SWPP Webinar Info Session

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, LifeSciences BC held an info session on the Student Work Placement Program in conjunction with BioTalent Canada. The webinar focused on BioTalent Canada’s wage subsidy programs have helped organizations find success in advancing their technologies while helping young talent gain the skills needed to grow the biotech and healthcare sectors. 

Speakers

  • Wendy Hurlburt, President & CEO, LifeSciences BC
  • Joanne Jordan, New Business Development and Partnerships Officer, BioTalent Canada
  • Steph Sharp, Co-Founder & CEO, 3DQue Systems Inc. 
  • Jennifer Cox, Director of Biology, Chinook Therapeutics 
  • Tina Lee, Business Development Manager, Science Co-op Program, UBC

Event Recording

22nd Annual LifeSciences BC Virtual Awards, presented by FARRIS

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, LifeSciences BC held our 22nd Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS, this time in a virtual format. We celebrated our community’s many achievements, small wins and big victories. We recognized and honoured the efforts of all those who have invested their lives’ work in mastering successful health outcomes

The 22nd Annual LifeSciences BC Award Winners: 

  • Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence – Dr. Aly Karsan
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Aubrey J. Tingle Prize – Dr. Poul Sorensen
  • Milton Wong Award for Leadership – Nancy Harrison
  • Medical/Digital Technology Company of the Year – Canary Medical Inc.
  • Deal of the Year – Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year – adMare BioInnovations Inc.
  • Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year – Chinook Therapeutics Inc.
  • Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement – John Babcook

Event Recording

Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event: Update on the Fight Against COVID-19

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, LifeSciences BC held our Summer Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event giving an update on the fight against COVID-19. The Medical Director of the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory gave an update on the current situation within the province, and then the CEOs of both Innovakine Therapeutics and Mesentech gave an overview of their companies. After the presentations, we had a pilot program using Breakout Rooms for 20 minutes to give an opportunity for attendees to directly interact with each other as well as with speakers. 

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Mel Krajden, Medical Director – BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, Medical Head, Hepatitis – BCCDC, Professor – UBC 

Speakers

Event Recording 

McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Series: Non-Dilutive Funding Programs

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, LifeSciences BC held our Summer McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Event covering the various non-dilutive funding programs that were being offered to assist during COVID-19. Speakers gave an overview of their funding programs and also let attendees know how to apply

Speakers

Event Recording 

Showcase BC Event at BIO Digital

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, LifeSciences BC showcased the amazing innovation taking place in our province. Attendees from all around the world joined for interesting presentations from BC companies.

Speakers 

  • Ali Ardakani, Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Ventures
  • Robert Huizinga, Executive Vice President, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals – Click to download presentation
  •  Shirin Kalyan, Director of Scientific Innovation, Qu Biologics Inc. – Click to download presentation
  • Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness
  • Tamer Mohamed, Founder & CEO, Aspect Biosystems Ltd.
  • Alison Orth, Unit Director, Clinical Trials BC – Click to download presentation
  • James Taylor, Co-Founder & CEO, Precision NanoSystems Inc.

Event Recording

Coffee with Wendy featuring Special Guest David Llewellyn from STEMCELL

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, special guest David Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Business Operations at STEMCELL Technologies and a member of LSBC’s Board of Directors joined our President & CEO Wendy Hurlburt for a virtual town hall. David gave an update on what STEMCELL has been working on, as well as some interesting updates, followed by a question and answer period.

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LSBC Workout Wednesdays – Brought to you by Marie-Anne Prevost

Every Wednesday throughout May, LSBC hosted Workout Wednesdays to help revive and energize our members. Marie-Anne Prevost focused on bringing awareness to their posture and breath so that they could take that into the rest of their day and week. Through these mild strength exercises and stretches, she inspired us to MOVE our BODIES!

Watch the May 6 recording here

Watch the April 29 recording here

LifeSciences BC COVID-19 Webinar

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, as we were all practicing social distancing, LifeSciences BC hosted a Zoom webinar on “How to Navigate Health Canada and US FDA COVID-19 Expedited Medical Device Authorizations” attended by over 150 people from a plethora of companies.

Speakers: 

  • Eliane Barras – Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer, Medical Devices Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch – Health Canada
  • Thomas Digby – Global IP Lead – Novateur Ventures, Click to download presentation 
  • Ian McGill – Lead US Diagnostics Regulatory Affairs – Novateur Ventures, Click to download presentation 

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LifeSciences BC Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event: COVID-19

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, LifeSciences BC hosted the Blakes Breakfast Speaking Event with the featured topic of ‘Understanding the COVID-19 virus and how BC is leading the fight‘. The event featured a wide range of speakers presenting on the topic with an abundance of networking occurring after the presentations.

Speakers: 

  • Alexander Graves, President & CEO – Symvivo Corporations
  • Dr. Juan Hou, Senior Scientist, Team Lead, Pulmonary Tissue – STEMCELL Technologies
  • Dr. Mel Krajden, Medical Director – BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, Medical Head, Hepatitis – BCCDC, Professor – UBC
  • Ian McBeath, CEO – Alpha9 Theranostics
  • Kathryn Westendorf, Senior Research Scientist – AbCellera

Market Opportunities in Australia

This seminar provided a brief overview into the Australian market and the opportunities it offers BC companies. From KPMG’s experts on Australia’s R&D tax regime to companies like MetaOptima who’ve had first-hand experience in Australia themselves, the speakers offered a breadth of insights into this world-class healthcare market.

Access to Innovation 2020 Conference

photo credit: Joshua Regan, Ritz Cinema

Our fifth annual Access to Innovation conference was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 where there were presentations and panel discussions from industry leaders, academics, and everyone in between. The full-day event presented a wonderful opportunity for innovators to network and mingle, exploring new ways to collaborate to further develop the life sciences sector.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Career Connect Day

photo credit: Joshua Regan, Ritz Cinema

The first annual Career Connect Day helped connect life sciences companies and organizations from across the sector with talent from all kinds of backgrounds. Two speaking sessions ran in conjunction with a packed exhibitor hall at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver on Saturday, Janurary 18, 2020 where people networked throughout the day.

Thank you to our Sponsors!