Beyond ACtG FEBruary 2011 Issue



Only 1 week remains to take advantage of the early bird discount for SBN's Annual Career Expo & Conference.  Why wait? REGISTER TODAY 

With 5 major events in the works for the next couple of months, volunteering with SBN is a great way to expand your network. Become part of the largest student-run lifesciences organization in Western Canada by contacting us at

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Geneious: This is no spelling error

New to genomics or looking for better software to make your genomic project more efficient? SBN member, Mathew Lee, reports on a handy tool for making sense of large volumes of genomic data here

Career Q & A

AngiotechAs a regulatory affairs specialist at a leading medical device company, Karen Long gets to see years of research and development culminate into a final product. Find out more about how her undergraduate degree in Chemistry has led into her present day role at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals by reading her interview with SBN here.

Company Spotlight

TVGVancouver, BC, is home to BioPartnering North America, where hundreds of biotech firms connect with financiers, idea generators and deal makers. Technology Vision Group is the company that provides the platform to make it all happen. Find out how you can join in on the action 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.

        Alaka Chatterjee

Raising the Bar: Patents & Biotechnology

Feb 11 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LIBS 306, University of British Columbia- Okanagan

IP is the cornerstone of the biotechnology industry and it requires careful consideration and attention. Dr. Alaka Chatterjee, Partner & Patent Agent at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP, will provide an overview of the patent process and discuss the steps that scientists, patent agents and IP lawyers should take to protect innovations.

BioPartnering North America

7th Annual Career Expo & Conference

Mar 1 | 6:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre

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] if you are interested in mentoring at this event.


    Mark Your Calendar

    C3 Leadership Conference 2011

    Feb 5 | UBC Robson Square
    C3 Society

    The theme of this year’s conference will focus on “leadership in career” with the key goal of facilitating personal and professional development. Attendees will be given the opportunity to connect with successful individuals from a wide variety of professions who will offer invaluable insight and tools to help them make the next big leap forward in their careers. The conference features two keynote speakers, a career roundtable and a networking session, starting at 9:30 am and ending at 5:30 pm. Morning workshops focus on how to develop a five-year career plan and the importance of networking and marketing/branding in the developing career opportunities.



    Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization Workshop

    Feb 11, 18 & 25 | SFU Harbour Centre
    BC Innovation Council

    This 4-day workshop will discuss and inform the participants in state-of-the-art network analysis within biological networks and systems biology. The event will consist of tutorials, a panel discussion on the future applications, plenary and contributed talks.



    Get involved

    Interested in getting involved with SBN? We are looking for highly motivated individuals to volunteer at our Biotech Expo & Conference on March 1. For more details on volunteer opportunities and training, contact volunteers[at]

    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada is looking for volunteers to help plan their 12th Annual Rockin' for Research Gala. More details


    "Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? " - Stephen W. Hawking


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