A Night of Celebration, Recognition and Acknowledgement for BC’s Life Science Community

VANCOUVER, B.C., April 22, 2016 – Last night the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, was filled with 625 members of B.C.’s life science community gathered to support and reflect, on the impact of the sector’s growth and development in the last year.

The evening, emceed by Neil Belenkie, CEO, The $2000. Coffee, kept the night moving along at a pleasant clip with a disbursement of lively humour and quick repartee. Neil also shared the stage with a few notable guests including; Hon. Dr. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister, Advanced Education; Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister, Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services; Deputy Minster, John Jacobson, MTICS; Deputy Minister, Clark Roberts, Ministry of International Trade; Deputy Minister, Stephen Brown, Ministry of Health; and Assistant Deputy Minister, David Morel, MTICS. The room was also filled with many out-of-town guests from the UK, US, China and Canada that came to join in the celebration.

Paul Drohan, President and CEO of LifeSciences BC said of the evening “This was a wonderful evening for our community! We had a strong and supportive representation from our B.C. government, life science leaders and innovators, our supportive business community, dedicated researchers and academics and the brilliant centres of excellence that we are so lucky to draw from. One couldn’t have asked for a greater nod to our hard work and efforts in what we saw here tonight. It was brilliant.”

The 2016 award winners were:
• Dr. Christoph Borchers – Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence
• Dr. Randy Gascoyne – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Aubrey J. Tingle Prize
• Dr. Victor Ling – Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement
• Dr. Richard Glickman – Milton Wong Award for Leadership
• Jonathan Kallner – Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year
• The Friedman Lab – Award for Clinical Research Excellence
• Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. – Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year
• Precision NanoSystems, Inc. – Growth Stage Medtech Company of the Year
• Arbutus Biopharma Corporation – Deal of the Year
• Zymeworks Inc. – Life Sciences Company of the Year

To see pictures of the Awards Gala check our Facebook page


For More Information Contact:
Susan Ogilvie Manager, Communications & External Affairs
LifeSciences BC
Phone: 604-669-9909 Ext. 106
Email: sogilvie@lifesciencesbc.ca