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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 (


2009 / 10 Events

SBN Networking Soiree

June 24th 2010
Steamworks Brewing Company

Photography by Mahsa Ekhteraei Sanaei

Career Connect: Cardiome Pharma Corp.

June 20th 2010
Cardiome Pharma Corp.

Career Connect: Cardiome was a inspirational, informatitive daylong lecture event hosted Cardiome Pharma Corp.   Cardiome opened their doors this year to show how the company operates, and reveal which skills, knowledge and expertise are necessary to run a successful business. Students were given insights into different career paths that exist in the Biotechnology sector, learnt the specifics of work done in different departments, and had the opportunty to ask questions regarding the steps taken by the professionals to achieve success. Students with diverse backgroungs including Scientific Finance, Business, Information Technology, and Engineering attended.
To learn more about Cardiome, visit their website at

Research Exchange & Poster Competition

In Partnership with Genome BC 
May 28th 2010
Life Sciences Centre, UBC

Biotech Expo and Conference

Jan 20th 2010
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

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:
Dr. Linda Lanyon, Director, SCWIST

Breakout Sessions Included:

 Diagnostics: Tools for Discovery

Dr. Paul Harris, Vice-President, Research & Development, Response BioMedical Corporation  Bruce Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, GenomeDx Biosciences Inc.

Science & Media: Communicating Science. Simply.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy, Genome Research Laboratory, BC Centre for Disease Control
Margaret Munro, Science Reporter, CanWest News Service

Your Future in BC Biotech: How Will the Government Pave Your Way to Success?

J. Adam Holbrook, Adjunct Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, SFU
Dr. Moira Stillwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, BC Liberal MLA, Vancouver-Langara

Bioengineering the Perfect Athlete

Dr. Christopher Lawrence MacLean, Director of Biomechanics, Paris Orthotics Ltd.
Melinda Ouwerkerk, Research & Development, Nutriva Group

 Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Ideas

Dr. Alaka Chatterjee, Partner, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP
Vincent Yip, Associate, McCarthy Tetrault

 Hang Up Your Labcoat: Careers Outside of Academia

Dr. David Llewllyn, Director, Business Development, Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Lorraine Woosley, Program Head, Environmental Health Technology, BCIT
Stephen Danic, Founder, Big Handron Games

Photography by Mahsa Ekhteraei Sanaei

Exploring Biotech Series

Intellectual Property 101: more than mousetraps
Nov 3rd 2009 

Room 150, Medical Science Building, University of Victoria
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Shippam-Brett, Patent Agent, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP.

Practical Advice for Networking
Nov 19th 2009

Rm 2108 at the Child and Family Research Institute, Vancouver
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gardy, Genome Research Laboratory, BC Centre for Disease Control

Exploring the World of Wine Making
April 6th 2010

UNC 106, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, UBC Okanagan
Speaker: Howard Soon, Wine Biochemist, Andrew Pellar Ltd. 

Of Labs and Law: A Case Study Based Seminar on Intellectual Property Law
May 11th 2010

Gowlings Vancouver Office, 550 Burrard St. Vancouver
Speakers: Dr. Cynthia Shippam-Brett, Patent Agent, & Dr. Sonia Ziesche, Technology Specialist, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP.

Building Biotech: Today's Innovation, Tomorrow's Reality

October 29th 2010
The Sutton Place Hotel

This event aimed to educate students about the current state of the life sciences industry and to give insight into emerging strategies companies are using to be successful in changing economic situations. Speakers addressed where the life sciences industry is right now and where the industry is likely to head in the future.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Bettina Hamelin, Director, Research & Development, Western Canada, Pfizer Canada
Cate McCready, Vice-President, External Relations, BIOTECanada

Moderated by:
Mr. Hector Mackay Dunn Q.C., Partner, Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy LLP

Photography by Sherrie Atwood



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