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  'tis the season to... MINGLE december 2010 Issue

The SBN executives would like to wish all SBN members, mentors and sponsors Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy Holidays! We thank you for all your support this past year and hope that you will join us for what promises to be a very exciting 2011.

SBN Members:  The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with your network. Take a moment to send some season's greetings to the mentors whom you have met this year, and to those who have helped you in the past. Amongst the frenzy of final exams, shopping and the cold, your warm thoughts may be appreciated more than you imagine. And don't forget to continue building your network at the office/lab Christmas parties and year-end celebrations.


Registration is now open for SBN's Annual Career Expo & Conference to be held on March 1, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. More details under Upcoming Events below.

Ready to re-live Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy? Watch the entire event from the convenience of your own home. Click here to watch! NOTE: videos are only accessible to SBN members.

Ever wonder what life would be like in law school? Follow SBN exec, Jonathan Ip, as he blogs about his experiences as a first year law student at the University of Alberta here

The Impact of University ResearchStephen Toope

What role do local universities play in supporting a province's economy? SBN’s event liaison, Natalia Subrt, provides an overview of the Life Sciences BC's Breakfast Speaker series event that aimed to answer this very question. Learn what Dr. Stephen Toope, President of UBC, and other biotech industry professionals have to say here.

Career Q & A

Catherine CampbellEver wonder what it takes for someone with a pure science background to advance in today's competitive environment within small biotechnology companies? Catherine Campbell has a PhD in Neuroscience from UBC and currently works as a Corporate Development Associate at Allon Therapeutics. 

Read about her career choices here.

Company Spotlight

NSERCIn 2009-2010,  the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) invested $146.7 million in research in British Columbia. SBN would like to acknowledge the support that we have recently recieved from NSERC and would like to inform our members on how they too can benefit from these resources. Check out how NSERC can fund your undergraduate or graduate research  here.

In The News


Upcoming Events

Computational Biology

Calculating the Wonders of Life: Computational Biology in Action 

Feb 7 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Medical Sciences Building, University of Victoria

Acknowledging the increasing emphasis of today’s biotech industry on the employment of computing power in answering novel and complex biological inquiries, SBN is putting forth an informative lecture on Computational Biology for our network members and any interested individuals. An exciting presentation will be hosted at the University of Victoria as part of our Exploring Biotech lecture series. In this event, you will hear from Dr. Steven Pelech, a leading industry figure and renowned scientist in Computational Biology, and have a chance to gather further insights during the mix-n-mingle session.

BioPartnering North Ameria

Career Expo 2010

7th Annual Career Expo & Conference

Mar 1, 2011 | Vancouver Convention Centre
Student Biotechnology Network

With over 400 attendees, the Career Expo and Conference is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada. This year, the conference attendees will have a unique opportunity to also attend an afternoon session (2pm-6pm) at BioPartnering North America, the largest biotechnology conference in North America. The Career Expo will feature 6 different breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by Dr. Simon Pimstone, President & CEO of Xenon Pharmaceuticals. Do not miss this opportunity to mingle with biotech industry professionals from BC and North America.

Contact mentors[at]thesbn.ca if you are interested in mentoring at this event.

Looking to showcase your company to over 400 attendees? Become a booth exhibitor at the Career Expo & Conference by reserving a booth with erika[at]thesbn.ca
  • Pre-event exposure via conference website, print materials and electronic marketing 
  • Conference exposure: BioPartnering North America (2pm-6pm) AND Career Expo & Conference (6pm-10pm)
Mark Your Calendar

Rondaxe Drug Development Symposium

Dec 2 | 877 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

For today’s biotech and pharma executives, every decision is critical. Whether you’re defining your supply chain, choosing a CMO, evaluating your CoGs, defining your regulatory strategy, or discussing your path forward with board members and potential investors, CMC decisions drive value. The half-day workshop will highlight strategies and approaches useful in the current economic climate and lay out practical paths forward for your projects. Two leading companies in the pharma and biotech industry will provide short technical and educational presentations related to supporting API development and manufacturing as well as other important aspects of CMC.



Stretegies and New Concepts in Early Phase Drug Development  

Dec 9, 8:30am | 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
LifeSciences BC Industry Round Table

Dr. Stephane Lamouche from Pharmanet (formerly known as Anapharm) will discuss strategies for optimizing early drug development and will be followed by a presentation on High Resolution Mass Spectrometry by Dr. Rohan A. Thakur.



Get involved

Interested in getting involved with SBN? We are looking for highly motivated individuals to volunteer at our Biotech Expo & Conferece. For more details, contact volunteers[at]thesbn.ca

The BC Cancer Foundation is looking for event volunteers for the Underwear Affair and Ride to Conquer Cancer. Explore the possibilities here or contact Collen Bruce at cbruce[at]endcancer.ca

The Vancouver School Board is looking for over 50 mentors for students in grades 4-7 in a variety of fields, ranging from chemistry, marine biology and paleontology math to comic book making, LEGO robotics and board game design! Check out some amazing ways to inspire the next generation here


"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama


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