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[ Building Biotech-Creating Opportunities in the BC Bioeconomy ]


Building Biotech 2018 Thursday, Sept 27, 6:00pm Coast Coal Harbour Hotel View Event Details (


[ Genome BC Poster Competition 2018 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, May 24th, 2018 UBC's Pharmaceutical Sciences-Atrium Event details here ( )...


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, July 26th, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm, Steamworks Brewpub View Event Details (


[ Annual General Meeting 2017 ]


Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm, at BC Cancer Research Centre, Dorothy Lam Boardroom, 1st floor View Event Details (


[ SBN Soiree 2017 ]


Wednesday June 7th, 2017 6:00pm-9:00 pm, at TELUS World of Science View Event Details (


[ Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 ]


Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 Thursday, May 25th, 2017 8:30am-4:00 pm, at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Main Foyer, 2405 Wesbrook Mall View Event D..


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:30PM - 9:00PM Central City Brewpub (Central City Shopping Centre, 13450 102 Ave) View Event Details (


[ Career Connect - CDRD ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, March 7 2017 1:30PM - 5:00PM; 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver View Event Details (


[ Biotech Expo 2017 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center (6163 University Blvd) Event details here (


2008 / 09 Events


June 17th 2009
Canvas Lounge 

Photography by Mahsa Ekhteraei Sanaei 



June 1st 2009
STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

Are you a grad or senior undergrad student or recent graduate, embarking on a career in biotechnology and life sciences industry?

If so, SBN has partnered with one of BC’s longest running and largest biotechnology companies, STEMCELL Technologies, to bring you a unique educational and networking event you cannot afford to miss!

This daylong venue is designed to educate and inspire the young talent who will become the future of our local biotech sector. You will get the inside scoop about the structure, function and career opportunities at a biotech company. Presentations will cover the roles and relationships of different departments within the company including R&D, sales, marketing, manufacturing/supply chain operations, QC/QA and finance/IS.

There will also be an opportunity for students to attend three breakout sessions in their specific areas of interest and interact with the executives and professionals at STEMCELL.

To learn more about STEMCELL, visit their website at



In Partnership with Genome BC
April 3rd 2009
Graduate Student Centre, UBC



February 7th 2009
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

The Biotech Expo & Conference offers a mix of both educational seminars and exposure to over 75 industry representatives from over 40 participating organizations. Throughout the event, students will be able to visit booths from local biotech companies, government organizations and academic institutions. SBN’s Career Expo and Conference hosts over 400 students annually from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences, commerce, engineering, social sciences and law. This event has grown to become the largest biotech career expo in Western Canada and is the primary means for students in BC to learn about the opportunities that exist in the local and international biotech industry.

Keynote Address:
Gale Halgren-Rezac, Vancouver Board of Trade

Hector MacKay Dunn Q.C, Partner, Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy LLP

Breakout sessions included:

Green Biotechnology


Bob Ingratta, BioProducts & BioEnergy Sector Specialist, LifeSciences BC
Gurminder Minhas, Director of Technology Development, Lignol Innovations
Dr. Bryan Imber, Founder, President & CEO, International  Composting Corporation

 Where Engineering Meets Medicine



Darren Frew, Director, Nanotech BC
Dr. Bojana Turic, President & CEO Perceptronix


Hang Up Your Lab Coat: Careers Outside Academia - Part 1

Richard Howlett, Director, Business Development, Genome BC
Nicola Jones, Acting Essays Editor, Nature, Science Journalist in Residence, UBC, Freelance Reporter, Vancouver
Brendan Payne, Analyst, Lions Capital
Sarah Jane Lee, Director, Technology Development Office, BC Cancer Agency

 Business Development

Dr. Kennet To, Co-Founder, Business Development Manager, Wax-it Histology Services Inc
Dr. Steven Xanthoudakis, Director, Licencing and External Research, Merck Frosst Research Labs, Canada
Dr. David Llewellyn, Director, Business Operations, Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc.

 Testing 1-2-3: Careers in Clinical Research

Ivan Waissbluth,  PhD Candidate, Westlink
Dr. Marcel Bally, Head Avanced Therapeutics, BC Cancer Agency, Founder of Inex Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Liposome Company, Northern Lipids, and Celator Technologies
Valerie Willetts, Founder, President & CEO, ASKA Research


Hang Up Your Labcoat: Careers Outside of Academia - Part II

Dr. Catherine Campbell, Corporate Development Associate, Allon Therapeutics
Katie McMahon, Program Developer, Community Engagement, TELUS World of Science
Dr. Clive Glover, Senior Product Manager, STEMCELL Technologies
Martha Balicki, Genetic Counsellor, BC Children's and Women's Hospital
Emily Alexander, Genetic Counsellor, BC Children's and Women's Hospital

Photography by Mahsa Ekhteraei Sanaei




“Matters of the Heart” Carrying out Genetic Research with Canadian Aboriginal Communities
Nov 21st 2008

Room 6-205, University of Northern British Columbia 
Speaker: Dr. Laura Arbour, Associate Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics& UBC Island Medical Program


Novel Tools for Precisely Controlling Brain Functions
Jan 9th 2009

Brain Research Centre Conference Room, UBC Hospital, University of British Columbia 
Speaker: Dr. Ed Boyden, Co-Director, MIT Media Lab Center for Human Augmentation


Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs: Can Evidence Inform Policy?
Jan 19th 2009

Room 6-205, University of Northern British Columbia 
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Mintzes, Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UBC

Networking 101 – Building a Healthy Network in BCs Biotech Sector
Jan 21st 2009

Rm 2108 at the Child & Family Research Institute, Vancouver 
Speaker: Marlene Delanghe, Career Consultant, Student Development & Services, UBC


Assessing people’s attitudes towards animal use and genetic modification using a web-based interactive survey
Feb 4th 2009

MAC D101, University of Victoria 
 Speakers: Dr. Cathy Schuppli, Postdoctoral Fellow, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC 


Genomics for Rice Crop Improvement
Feb 23rd 2009

Room 20, ICBC Concourse Level, J Wosk Centre for Dialogue 
Speakers: Dr. Richard Bruskiewich, Senior Scientist, Computational and Systems Biologist at International Rice Research Institute.

Achieving Meaningful Public Inquiry for Policy on Emerging Biotechnologies
Feb 26th 2009

Room 1410, Life Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia 
Speakers: Dr. Kieran O’Doherty, Assistant Professor, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC


Beyond the Lab Bench: Overcoming the Obstacles of Technology Transfer
Feb 27th 2009

Room 104, Engineering/ComSci Building, University of Victoria 
Speakers: Brett Sharp, UBC-UILO, Director of Opperations, TT & Prototype Development Manager



September 25th 2008
The Sutton Place Hotel

This event aimed to educate students about the steps required in commercializing a technology and to encourage students to consider entrepreneurial endeavors. Specifically, speakers addressed common characteristics of successful ideas, initial steps in commercialization and funding sources.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Richard Glickman, Co-Founder of Stressgen & Aspreva and currently Special Partner of Kearny Ventures Partners
Dr. Steven Gillis, Co-Founder of Corixa Corp and Immunex and currently Managing Director of Arch Venture Partners

Todd Tessier, Director of Investment Capital Branch and VP BC Renaissance Fund



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