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[ SBN Networking Event Fall 2018 ]


SBN Networking Event 2018 6PM, November 27th, 2018 Event Details here (


[ 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 (


Raising the Bar: Patents and Biotechnology

Feb 11th 2011


Since intellectual property (IP) protection in biotechnology can be challenging, it is of utmost importance to have knowledge of the tools that exist for protection of your ideas. SBN has organized a seminar focusing on IP for our network members and any interested individuals. The event will be hosted at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, as part of our Exploring Biotech lecture series. IP is the cornerstone of the biotechnology industry and it requires careful consideration and attention. Dr. Alaka Chatterjee, Partner & Patent Agent at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP, will provide an overview of the patent process and discuss the steps that scientists, patent agents and IP lawyers should take to protect innovations.

Time & Location:

Date: Friday Feb 11 2011
Time: 11:00AM-1:00 PM
Location: LIB 306, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus
Address: 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC, V1V 2V7

Why students should attend?

  • To find out about the tools that exist to protect intellectual property
  • To become familiar with the patent process
  • To know who to contact when you have a great idea or invention to protect

Dr. Alaka Chatterjee

Alaka Chatterjee is a partner and registered patent agent in the Vancouver office where her practice focuses on strategic patent counseling for a wide range of academic and corporate clients, including companies, universities and research institutions in the biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, forestry and mining sectors.

Dr. Chatterjee has extensive experience in: drafting and prosecuting patent applications; international patent portfolio strategy and management; and assessing and providing opinions on patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate issues. Dr. Chatterjee also assists companies based outside Canada in obtaining patent protection in Canada.

Dr. Chatterjee’s practice covers the technological areas of biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, including cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, diabetes, neurodegenerative conditions, stem cell biology, carbohydrate and small molecule chemistry, inorganic chemistry, high-throughput drug screening, proteomics, RNA interference, antisense, microarrays, gene therapy, protein and small molecule therapeutics, antibodies, and vaccines.

Prior to joining Gowlings, Dr. Chatterjee practiced at intellectual property law firms in Vancouver (Canada) and in Boston (U.S.). She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) and at a Boston area biotechnology company.

Dr. Chatterjee is active in the Firm's U.S. and India Initiatives as well as in the Life Sciences Industry Group.


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