A New year, newer connections & the Newest technology january 2011 Issue


Start 2011 on the right foot! Catch up on the latest technologies, mingle with the big players and increase your chances for success in the industry. All the details for SBN's first two events of 2011 are listed below.

Personalized Medicine: The Evolution of Patient Care

Personalized Medicine"Different medicines for different patients, for the sweet ones do not benefit everyone, nor do the astringent ones, nor are all the patients able to drink the same thing.Little did Hippocrates know that these words would become the ideal health care model, and an achievable reality some 2400 years after his time. SBN executive, Roza Bidshahari, explores the "omics" revolution and its impact in transforming the practice of medicine from the current status quo here

Career Q & A

CDRDWith nearly four years of pure research experience in BC's biotech sector, May Kazem recently transitioned into a different role as a Business Development Intern at the Centre for Drug Research and Development.

Learn more about her career choices 

Company Spotlight

KPMGThe business climate for biotechnology companies has undergone fundamental change—from mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships to exploration of new foreign markets and increasing regulatory scrutiny. To ensure success and growth in the marketplace, companies must develop strategies to become and remain profitable. Learn how business professionals at KPMG play a critical role in guiding investor funding in the biotech sector 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 America

7th Annual Career Expo & Conference

Mar 1 | 6pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver

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

2010 FIRST LEGO League Competition

Dec 2 | BCIT
LifeSciences BC

Body Forward™ will have teams explore the Biomedical Engineering to come up with unique ways of repairing injuries, overcoming genetic predispositions, and overall maximizing the body's ability to lead a happier and healthier life. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO created First Lego League (FLL) BC in 2003.



Workshop on Biological Networks & Systems Biology

Jan 24 - 27 | SFU Harbour Centre

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]thesbn.ca


"Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.' " - Max Planck


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