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Building Biotech - Inspiring Innovators and Growing the Bioeconomy

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Event Summary


The Student Biotechnology Network (SBN) is thrilled to open its 2011-2012 season with our Annual Building Biotech Event. This year, with Building Biotech: Inspiring Innovators and Growing the Bioeconomy, we hope to excite students about emerging trends in biotechnology entrepreneurship in the Vancouver area and Canada.



Speaker / Moderator

Registration/ Reception

Dinner & Speaker
Paul Shorthouse, GLOBE Group, Conference Manager
- The Green Economy & Jobs
Bob Ingratta, BioTalent Canada, Chair of the Board, and LifeSciences BC, BioEnergy & BioProducts Sector Specialist
- Programs for Career Development
Euan Ramsay, Co-founder, Precision NanoSystems, Inc.

Keynote Address Ernie McEachern, CEO and Co-founder,
Alectos Therapeutics, Inc. 
-From University to Industry, The Story of Alectos
Networking Reception  

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Building Biotech is a semi-formal event hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Students will have the opportunity to hear about exciting developments in biotechnology while networking with industry leaders in an intimate dinner setting. Join other students and industry professionals to find the tools and resources essential to starting your career, information about emerging trends in bioenergy, and the personal paths to success taken by two pairs of local entrepreneurs.

To kick-off our new season, the SBN is excited to present Building Biotech: Inspiring Innovators and Building the Bioeconomy, with keynote speaker Dr. Ernie McEachern, the CEO and co-founder of Alectos Therapeutics Inc. Alectos Therapeutics Inc. has recently announced a research collaboration with Merck to identify and develop compounds that modulate O-linked N-acetylglucosaminidase (O-GlcNAcase), an enzyme that is believed to be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Other speakers include Drs. Euan Ramsay of Precision NanoSystems, Paul Shorthouse of the GLOBE Group, and Bob Ingratta, Chair of the Board of Directors at BioTalent Canada.

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Time and Location

Date: September 19, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Place: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Dress: Semi Formal

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What to Expect

  • An opportunity to gain knowledge of tools and resources available to students looking to build networks as they begin their careers.
  • An exciting glimpse into the future of bioenergy from a panel of experts.
  • Personal stories and viewpoints of the co-founders of two local biotech companies.
  • A chance to network with industry leaders.
  • Round table mentorship – a chance to be seated with and receive valuable advice from SBN mentors.
  • A three course plated dinner.

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Paul Shorthouse, GLOBE Group, Conference Manager – The Green Economy & Jobs
Since 2008, Paul has been with the GLOBE Foundation as Director of Special Projects and as Conference Program Manager for the Foundation’s internationally-recognized GLOBE Series. In this role he manages a comprehensive plan for British Columbia’s green economy, analyzing the province's low-carbon advantages and recognizing its contributions to society through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased investment, and job creation. Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Bob Ingratta, BioTalent Canada, Chair of the Board, and LifeSciences BC, BioEnergy & BioProducts Sector Specialist – Programs for Career Development
Bob completed his BSc and MSc from the University of Guelph in Ontario and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at BioTalent Canada. Prior to joining LifeSciences BC as a BioEnergy & BioProducts Sector Specialist, Bob led numerous strategic policy initiatives with industry associations such as BioteCanada and CropLife Canada. He was formerly Vice-President of Regulatory & International Affairs for Monsanto Canada where he led strategies for government policy and regulatory frameworks in biotechnology, biofuels, agriculture and food.

Euan Ramsay, Co-founder, Precision NanoSystems, Inc.
Dr. Ramsay received his PhD in gene therapy from Cardiff University, continued as a visiting scientist at the University of Tasmania and joined the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) in 2007. Euan is a co-founder of Precision NanoSystems, a start-up focused on developing research instruments and reagents for the synthesis of therapeutic nanoparticles. He is also the founder of Funducopia Inc., a platform to seek funding to transform novel ideas in the life sciences into new companies, and ScienceSolvers, a crowdsourcing web portal designed to solve bottleneck problems in scientific research.

Ernie McEachern, CEO and Co-founder, Alectos Therapeutics, Inc.  – From University to Industry, the Story of Alectos
Dr. McEachern received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in synthetic organic chemistry and subsequently carried out post-doctoral studies at Stanford University. Dr. McEachern has eleven years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  He served in various capacities at AnorMed including leading a team in the hit-to-lead optimization and preclinical development of chemokine receptor antagonists as HIV entry inhibitors. Ultimately, these efforts culminated in Phase II clinical evaluation of a lead candidate. He is a co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Alectos Therapeutics.

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Mentor Biographies

Are you interested in a particular area of biotech, or a particular company in Vancouver?
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