SBN is starting the year
with a splash
OCTOber 2010 Issue


The Exploring Biotech Speaker Series is coming soon to a university near you! Here’s a preview of the topics that will be discussed at each event. More details will be posted here shortly.

UBC-Okanagan | Intellectual Property
UBC-Vancouver/SFU | Synthetic Biology
UBC-Vancouver/SFU | GE3LS
UNBC|Green Technologies
UVIC| Computational Biology
VIU| Business Development

April Fool's Joke or Reality? 

Warning April 1, 2050: The lights are low, the music soft, the ambience perfect. The waiter walks over and places your order of grilled salmon with mango salsa and corn salad in front of you. The aroma makes your mouth water and you reach for your fork. That scrumptious dinner is followed by a scoopful of vanilla ice-cream drizzled with hot chocolate fudge. As you savour the last of the dessert, it feels like heaven on earth, until your eyes turn to a small sign posted on the wall. You blink your eyes and pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming. The sign still reads “All our meals are prepared from 100% genetically engineered foods”. READ MORE 

Career Q & A

Outbreak“I knew I wanted to study infectious diseases and outbreaks since I was teenager and saw Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman. I figured trapping monkeys with Ebola in the African jungle would be a pretty exciting job…” - Dr. Jennifer Gardy, Molecular Epidemiologist & Freelance Science Communicator, BC Centre for Disease Control.

Read more of our interview with Dr. Gardy about her career choices here

Company Spotlight

Strategic marketing is an important aspect of any successful business and biotech companies are no different. Centrifuge Media Lab is a strategic communications company specializing in the fields of health, medicine and science. Learn more here

In The News

Upcoming Event

Critical Skills for Success

Critical Skills for Success

Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Genome BC

Delivered by subject matter experts, this 4-part workshop will greatly enhance essential skills that are needed to succeed in today's world. Topics covered include business etiquette, networking, writing, public speaking and presentation skills. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate and have a special opportunity to mingle with biotech professionals.

Mark Your Calendar


CONNECT: Next Happens Here 

Oct 12| Vancouver Convention Centre 
BC Innovation Council

CONNECT is a conference for early-stage tech entrepreneurs who want the answers to "what's next for my company". Join over 800 attendees learning from tech entrepreneurs and mentors who've been there and made it - and be inspired to create your strategy for startup success.



Art, Science, and Practice of Positive Networking PLUS Vancouver Board of Trade Networking Luncheon 

Oct 12 | Vancouver Mariott Pinnacle Hotel 

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network”, but have you ever wondered how to get one? Join the MITACS Step Program to experience firsthand the power of positive networking. From academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed! MITACS is also offering an exclusive opportunity to put theory into practice by including with workshop registration a ticket to the Vancouver Board of Trade Luncheon, hosted by Iain Black, Minister of Small Business, Technology, and Economic Development for BC. Registration for both events is FREE!


Stephen J Toope

Breakfast with Professor Stephen J Toope

Oct 15, 8:00 am | Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
LifeSciences BC

This presentation will stimulate discussion and thinking around the critical role of research and innovation as they relate to economic development. Professor Toope will share his perspective and that of UBC on the role of science, research and innovation in the development of new local and global economies.

Representatives of both GenomeDx and Boreal Genomics will also introduce their respective organizations and capabilities to the local life sciences community.


Get involved

Volunteering with SBN promotes your personal growth and connects you with the right people to get your dream career started. Numerous opportunities are available here.


" The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and the given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson" - Tom Bodett


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