getting in BIOTECH gear  april 2011 Issue


Save the date! On June 23, celebrate the end of the academic year with SBN mentors at the SBN Soiree. More details to follow.

Join the SBN Science Fun Run team! Conquer your scientific battles with ScienceSolvers! Become an SBN executive! More details on all these opportunities are in the Get Involved section below. 

The Province of British Columbia has declared the 2010-2011 school year as the Year of Science! Over the next decade, one in every eight job openings will be science-related, making an education in science and math extremely important to B.C.’s youth and economy! Read more about Year of Science here.

What's Your Label?

Natalia Subrt
SBN Events Coordinator Natalia Subrt recently attended an interesting event organized by IEEE Women in Engineering. She was impressed by an inspiring workshop led by Dr. Tara Cree, a principal at Knightsbridge Leadership Solutions. Natalia shares some key insights about the importance and strategies around developing your own leadership brand here.

Careers in Clinical Research

Are you considering getting into Clinical Research?  Overseeing clinical trials requires good scientific understanding of the cutting edge technology. It could be challenging to make the move from academia and bench work to clinical research. Here are some resources that the experts shared with us at SBN's Biotech Expo and Conference on Mar 1. 

Company Spotlight

What started as a research operation at the BC Cancer Agency in the 1980s now supplies over 1000 cell culture products in over 70 countries. Learn more about STEMCELL TECHNOLOGIES here .

In The News

upcoming events

VIU MBA CareerFest

Apr 20 | 8:00am - 4:30pm
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo

SBN will be present at the inaugural Vancouver Island University MBA CareerFest, aimed at helping students achieve professional excellence in the workplace. CareerFest is a dynamic interactive event for VIU's MBA students as well for business community members, and will include Plenary Sessions, Executive Lunches, Networking Breaks, Keynote Speakers, Info Sessions, and Mock Interviews. We will also be hosting a Business Mixer following the event, offering all participants and guests a chance to connect with others. Plenary session speaker Dr. Robin Sherrington, Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. will be accompanied by SBN Event Liaison, Andrew Tait, to the event.


Research Exchange

9th Annual Genomics Forum & Research Exchange

Part of Genome BC's 9th Annual Genomics Forum
May 6 | 8:30am - 4:30pm
Life Sciences Centre, UBC-Vancouver

This is your opportunity to learn more about the scope, scale and progress of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics research in BC. This one-day scientific forum brings researchers from all of BC's life sciences sectors together to share information and discuss opportunities for future collaborations.

Hosted by Genome BC and SBN, the poster competition will feature an impressive display of graduate, post-doctoral and platform technology research posters in disciplines across the life sciences (not just genomics). Judges from across the life sciences sector will determine the top three presentations.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15, 2011



Health Canada

Career Connect Series: Government

May 12 | 8:30am - 12:30pm
Health Canada

Back by popular demand, SBN has expanded the Career Connect series to four brand new companies this year! The Career Connect Series will provide students with an exclusive opportunity to observe the inner workings and explore job opportunities within a local lifesciences company.  

On May 12, Health Canada employees of varying seniority will share their career stories on why they decided to work in government and what skills they had to develop to succeed in their career and achieve the position that they currently have. The speakers will present an employment history (from graduating University to their current position), and how their previous experience helped them get the position and succeed in their role. They will outline the duties performed in their role, the challenges and the highlights of the position, what is done on a regular day, growth opportunities within the organization, and discuss the transferable nature of the skills that are honed by working in a government agency.

The remaining sessions in the series are as follows:

June 3 | Biotechnology: Cetre for Drug Research & Development
June 7 | Accounting: KPMG
June 8 | Technology Transfer: SFU Innovation Office

 Venture Ready Course

SBN Venture-Ready Course

May 9- July 4 | 6:00 pm
SFU Downtown Campus

Are you interested in working for a start-up biotech company or eventually starting one yourself? In partnership with the Beedie School of Business, the SBN Venture-Ready course will cover the essential concepts of running a business in the life sciences industry. In just 8 weeks, you will learn the fundamentals from how to raise money, to licensing deals, and sales & marketing. 


    Mark Your Calendar

       Vancouver Angel Technology Network

    Monthly Meeting

    Apr 5 | SFU TIME Centre
    VANTEC Vancouver Angel Technology Network

    Don Enns, President of Lifesciences BC will discuss "The status of life sciences: changing times". This will be followed by a presentation by Marcel Bally on the "Exceptional preclinical pharmacology expertise and services offered through the BC Preclinical Research Consortium (BC PRC)". There will also be numerous different presentations by companies seeking angel investments.


    Careers in Bioinformatics

    Apr 14 | BC Cancer Research Centre
    Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUG)

    Bring your questions to the VanBUG Bioinformatics Careers Panel Thursday, April 14, 6-7pm. Panelists include a recent Bioinformatics Training Program graduate currently doing a post-doc at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, an entrepreneur who co-founded Zymeworks, a computational biotech company, a sage academic who has participated in many UBC hiring committees, and a bioinformatics group leader from the largest bioinformatics employer in BC. The 1-hour moderated panel discussion will be followed by networking over pizza and refreshments.



    Get involved

    SBN is currently recruiting executives for the 2011-2012 year. If you are an energetic, dedicated individual who wants to expand your network and help other students do the same, we would love to here from you. Descriptions of available positions and application details can be found here.

    SBN will be entering a team into the PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run taking place on Sunday May 29th 2011. So tie up those shoe laces and join us for a FUN 5km fun around False Creek. All proceeds go to the Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to support the promotion and development of Science Fair Programs throughout the province of BC. Join Team SBN! Register Today (Team Name:  Student Biotechnology Network; Team Captain: Nadya Ogloff, Email: nadya[at]

    Ever come across an obstacle so great that it brings all your research efforts to a grinding halt? We often seek answers by consulting other researchers, but wouldn't it be convenient if there was an easy way to access this collective knowledge before getting too frustrated with the problem? Enter ScienceSolvers, a non-profit, open source entity under development for solving bottleneck science problems. ScienceSolvers is still in its infancy and offers a great opportunity for willing volunteers to get involved. We are currently looking for people to assist with testing and providing initial feedback. More details here.

    Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, in conjunction with National Biotechnology Week and in partnership with Bioscience Education Canada, invites you to participate in our BIOTECH ESSAY CONTEST. Submit a 1,500 word essay by May 31, 2011 on your view of "Canada's Top Biotechnology Story of the Year." Winners must be entering a life sciences-related field at a Canadian post-secondary institution to be eligible. Essays will be judged by a panel of industry experts. The first place winner receives up to $5,000 toward their first year tuition. Runner up prizes include a laptop and an iPod Touch. More details here


    "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. " - Henry Ford


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