Opportunities galore  march 2011 Issue



Win your first year tuition courtesy of Gowlings LLP! Attend an international conference for free! More details in the Get Involved section below.

Word Power 

There is no doubt that the internet has indeed put the world at our finger tips. Blogs are a great resource to find out more information regarding career experiences and guidance. Below are some interesting blogs:

    • SBN exec Jonathan Ip writes about his experiences as a law student at the University of Alberta here
    • Great tips and ideas on building a successful career in business here
    • Follow the career choices and transitions of scientists globally here
    • Perspectives from students, researchers, reporters and others here

Career Q & AJennifer Solomon

Technical service representatives enjoy a unique position in the world of science. Not only should they have the scientific background to understand how various products work and their applications in the lab, they also need to be great at selling their products. Dr. Jennifer Solomon, shares her experiences as a technical service representative at STEMCELL Technologies here.

Company Spotlight

This fall the Student Biotechnology Network will mark 10 years of engagement in BC's biotechnology sector! From a mere idea in the minds of some graduate students, SBN has grown to become the largest student operated non-profit biotech organization of its kind in all of Western Canada. Hear the vision of SBN from one of the founding members here and become inspired to follow your own dreams.

In The News

Upcoming Events

Genomics, Ethics & Industry Practice

Genomics, Ethics and Industry Practice 

Mar 23  | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre

How do we deal with mass amounts of our most visceral form of information – that which is contained in our genome? This conference on ethical, legal and societal issues around genomics research is bound to educate and spark discussion.  Learn about the challenges that biotechnology companies face in dealing with important ethical issues and understand how science, business and the humanities relate. Jennifer Miller will discuss how biotechnology firms keep social and ethical concerns in line with their corporate strategy. Dr. Peter Chow-White will explore the how communication, information and the code are shaping genomics. Following the panel discussion, there will be an intimate and interactive session with Jennifer Miller, who is the founder of Bioethics International.

Venture Ready

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. 

More details to be posted on the SBN website next week


    Mark Your Calendar

    Move it! The Latest in Mobility Research

    Mar 8 | St. Paul's Hospital Conference Centre
    Child & family Research Institute

    Why do some people get hurt when they fall down, but not others? Can exercise help children with arthritis? How can we best recover from joint surgery? What are the societal costs of arthritis? Join leading experts in joint and bone health to learn about the latest in mobility research, treatments and prevention strategies.



    Bioinformatics Sessions

    Mar 10 & 17| BC Cancer Research Centre
    Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUG)

    On March 10, hear from Andrew Clark , Professor of Population Genetics at Cornell University. On March 17, meet Martha Bulyk. Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Students are invited to meet the speakers prior to the presentations.



    Get involved

    Volunteers are needed for the International Human Microbiome Congress to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 9-11. Volunteer from 8am-12 pm or 12pm-4pm and attend the remaining sessions free of charge. For further details or to volunteer, contact nadya@thesbn.ca. 

    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


    "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. " - Hellen Keller


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    [ PLATINUM ]  Genome BC, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, STEMCELL Technologies, Technology Vision Group [ GOLD ] Centrifuge Media Lab, Gowlings, KMPG, UBC Office of the VP Research, [ SILVER ]  AstraZeneca, BC Bioenergy Network, Cardiome, Centre for Drug Research and Development, GenomeDx, Pfizer, SFU Office of the VP Research, UBC University Industry Liaison Office  [ IN KIND ] Discovery Parks, LIfeSciences BC
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