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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 (


SBN Venture Ready Program

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Launch your business.
Grow your network.
Discover alternative career-paths.

The SBN and the Discovery Foundation have organized free weekly workshops series featuring the fundamentals of starting and building a new venture in the life sciences. Aimed primarily at budding entrepreneurs, life sciences researchers and those looking to explore alternative career paths, the workshops build awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

Upon its completion, participants should be able to recognize the fundamental features of the entrepreneurial mindset, and be armed with the confidence to pursue opportunities either as own ventures or part of a bigger corporation.

What's in it for me?

  • Provide a basic understanding needed to start and grow a business
  • Provide networking opportunities with like-minded peers in the life sciences community
  • Excellent mentorship opportunities with course instructors
  • An opportunity to develop your business planning skills

The course is free of charge and attendance is recorded at the beginning of each lecture. SBN members get priority into the venture ready program! You can purchase membership here. Attendance at all four workshops is required to obtain a Venture Ready certificate of completion and access to an informational interview with a SBN mentor coordinated by the director of mentorship.

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Time and Location

Date: Oct 29 to Nov 15, 2015 (every Thursday evening)
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Dorothy Lam Boardroom, BC Cancer Research Centre

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Date Class

Oct 29

Corporate Finance

Workshop will cover various financing strategies as well as crafting a successful investor pitch.

Speaker: Natalie Dakers, President and CEO of Accel-RX Health Science Accelerator

Nov 5

Contracts and Intellectual Property

Understand the basics of legal and tax considerations. Will also cover IP protection.

Speaker: Cynthia Shippam-Brett, Manager of Intellectual Property at Avigilon

Nov 12

Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Identify your marketplace. Workshop will cover competition analysis, licensing deals and regulatory processes.

Speaker: Jonathan Jaffari, Senior Director, Business Development at the CDRD

Nov 19

Sales and Marketing

Build your team and grow your business. This workshop will feature value proposition, marketing and pricing.

Speaker: TBA

Schedule may be subject to minor changes.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest! Subscribe to our newsletters and watch this space for take aways from this workshop series.

Please submit the following application describing your interest in this course along with your resume. Selected applications will be notified by email.

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Note - Attendance at all four workshops is required to obtain a Venture Ready certificate of completion and access to an informational interview with a SBN mentor coordinated by the director of mentorship.

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