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  SBN is starting the year
with a splash
September 2010 Issue

Due to an overwhelming number of requests, we are happy to bring back the monthly SBN e-Newsletter with a brighter, fresher look. We hope that this resource keeps you informed of industry events, technological advances and career choices.


Have you checked out our new website? Comment on our new look and win free tickets to SBN’s Annual Career Expo. What are you waiting for? GO!

New Membership Policy: We are delighted to offer our members 50% discount on all event registration fees, and access to register before anyone else. Please take a moment to register today.

Is Canada's Future Green?

Most of us at some point have given some thought to the rising costs and hazards of fossil fuels. So how does Canada fare in the development of biofuels as an alternative source of energy? Read the special feature article

Career Q & A

“I accepted the need for continuous change by welcoming change as an opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally.” – Bob Ingratta, BioProducts & BioEnergy Sector Specialist, LifeSciences BC

Bob Ingratta will be moderating the panel discussions at SBN’s upcoming event Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy. Read his interview with SBN about his career choices and his advice to others here

Company Spotlight

Can you guess which Canadian law firm has over 150 professionals specialized in biotechnology company? Find out here

In The News

Upcoming Event
Building Biotech

Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy

Mon Sep 20, 5:00- 9:30 pm | Sutton Place Hotel

This year, we hope to create student awareness of BioProducts, BioEnergy and other clean technologies, encouraging and inspiring students to follow career paths within this growing sector.

Mark Your Calendar

Gene Screen Filming Gala 

Sept 8 / H.R. MacMillian Space Centre 
Hosted by Genome BC

Catch the latest short docs and short fiction films on genomics and health & enjoy light refreshments courtesy of Genome BC.  Fun, moving and thought-provoking, these films are made by student and amateur filmmakers all competing for $8000 in prize money.LEARN MORE

National Biotechnology Week

Sept 17-24

Celebrate the imaGENEnation of Canada's biotechnology scientists, researchers and entrepreneur by participating in events, lectures, facility tours and hands-on science experiments across Canada.  Events in B.C. include:

Sep 20 - Building Biotech: Powering the BioEconomy
Sep 22 - LifeSciences BC Annual General Meeting & Partner Aprciation Luncheon
Sep 23 - Green Jobs and Putting HR to Work for Your Organization: What You Need to Know

Detailed listing of local events can be viewed here.


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.

Looking to inspire the next Louis Pasteur or Edward Jenner? Do you have a B.Sc and access to lab space? The Sanofi Aventis BioTalent Challenge is recruiting mentors for the 2010-2011 challenge. High-school students are paired up with a mentor doing similar research who can provide support to the student as they carry out their experiments.


" Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence." - Louis Pasteur


This is what it's all about! We want to hear from you. Is there someone you know whom we should interview? Following a career-enhancing blog? Found a great resource that others should know about? Please share with us by emailing us at newsletter[at] We're keen to bring you information and inspiration for your biotech career, so email us and let us know how we're doing.

SBN would not be possible without its generous sponsors:
[ PLATINUM ]  Genome BC, STEMCELL Technologies, Technology Vision Group [ GOLD ] Centrifuge Media Lab, Gowlings, UBC Office of the VP Research, [ SILVER ]  BC Bioenergy Network, Cardiome, Centre for Drug Research and Development, SFU Office of the VP Research, UBC University Industry Liaison Office [ IN KIND ] Discovery Parks, LIfeSciences BC
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