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Biotech Expo & Conference 2013

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Interested in pursuing a career outside the lab? Want to meet mentors working in the biotech industry? Join us at the SBN Biotech Expo & Conference with the opportunity to:

  • Connect with industry professionals and mentors at our networking reception.
  • Get inspired by stories from leaders in the life science sector at our breakout sessions.
  • Visit exhibitions and talk to delegates from leading organizations in the life science sector.
  • Learn about different careers away from the bench and how to get there.

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Time & Location

Date: Tuesday February 26th 2013
Time: 5:30-10:00pm
Location: Pan Pacific; 999 Canada Place #300
Attire: Business

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Regular Price: $30
Member Price: $15

Please note:
- Students who register by Friday February 22nd will receive a complimentary beverage.
- Online Registration is now closed.
- A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $35. Cash only.

Prices include delicious catering.
Cash bar will be available at the event.

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Time Session


Networking Reception

Location: Crystal Pavilion Foyer



Natalie Dakers - CEO @ CDRD Ventures Inc.

Location: Crystal Pavilion A


Drug Development & Pharmaceuticals

-Raymond See - Director, Strategic Scientific Initiatives @ Indel Therapeutics Inc.
-Heidi Imhoff - Medical Science Liaison @ Intermune

Location: Crystal Pavilion A


-Andrew Tait - President @ TAITlabs
-Darren Frew - Director, Planning & Communication @ The BC Bioenergy Network

Location: Crystal Pavilion C


Business of Science

-Andrew Knowles - VP Supply Chain Operations @ STEMCELL Technologies Inc.
-Terry Taciuk - VP Marketing @ STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

Location: Crystal Pavilion A

Science - Communication

-Jennifer Gardy - Science Documentary Television Host @ CBC Television and Discovery Channel Canada
-Eve Rickert - Mastermind at Talk Science to Me Inc.

Location: Crystal Pavilion C



Location: Crystal Pavilion Foyer

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Speaker Information

Natalie Dakers, BSc (Marine Biology)

President and Chief Executive Officer, CDRD Ventures Inc.

Natalie Dakers is a leading figure in the Canadian biotechnology industry and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDRD Ventures Inc. after having spent the last seven years as the founding CEO of The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), an innovative national organization with a mandate to address the commercialization gap between early-stage technologies arising out of university-based research and private sector investment opportunities.

Ms. Dakers has many valuable years of experience in the commercialization of technology, licensing, and intellectual property protection. Prior to leading the establishment of CDRD, Ms. Dakers was President and CEO of Neuromed Pharmaceuticals (Technologies) Inc. As co-founder and CEO, Ms. Dakers built the company from inception and raised three rounds of venture financing totalling approximately $70 million. Prior to this, Ms. Dakers managed technology transfer for the Life Sciences sector at the University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at the University of British Columbia, where she was involved in the creation and spin-off of more than a dozen start-up high-tech and biotech companies. Ms. Dakers completed her B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph.

Andrew Tait, PhD

President and Director, TAITLABS

TAITLABS was founded by Andrew in 2011, several months before completing his PhD in Chemistry from UBC. Driven by the desire to make a safe and novel natural product available to people suffering from debilitating neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Andrew selected a plant traditionally used by the Chinese and took it to the market. TAITLABS endeavors to identify remedies based on traditional medicine and develop therapeutic solutions by enhancing their chemical and biological profiles using nature-inspired techniques. Andrew's initiative to translate his research into a venture was recognized by an NSERC Innovation Challenge Award, which is received by only few Canada’s young entrepreneurs each year.

With the support from National Research Council Industry Research Assistance Program, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Bank of Development Canada and the University Industry Liaison Office at UBC, TAITLABS's first product, MS+TM (Mandarin Skin Plus) is expected to launch in Fall 2013.

Darren Frew, BSc (Geology)

Director, Planning & Communication, BC Bioenergy Network

Darren has been active in business development, mentorship and communication in BC’s technology sector for over 20 years. He presently serves as the Director of Planning and Communication for BC Bioenergy Network. Darren previously worked with the Science Council of British Columbia, the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), the BC Nanotechnology Alliance and the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations. Darren is also a committed mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students. He is in his fifth consecutive year as a Mentor with the MBA program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Darren is very active with Toastmasters International in British Columbia. He is presently serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Education and Training for District 21 (British Columbia). He has previously held a number of Executive roles at the District and Club level – for this service, Darren was named Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year in District 21 for 2010/2011.

Jennifer Gardy, PhD

Science Documentary Television Host, CBC Television and Discovery Channel

Jennifer is a science communicator, known for the passion, energy and humor delivered in her science media projects. She co-hosted the CBC documentary series "Project X" in 2008, has hosted several episodes of "The Nature of Things" since then, and is currently a regular guest host on Discovery Channel's science newsmagazine "Daily Planet". Jennifer blogged as “Nerd Girl” for the Globe & Mail’s website for several years and more recently has authored her first book, "Great Germs!" to be published by Owlkids in 2014. Her 2009 TED talk on "Public Health in the 21st Century" had generated over 5700 views on YouTube, while her "A to Z of epidemiology cartoon” has over 14,500 views.

Besides science communication, Jennifer is also a Senior Scientist in Molecular Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology at UBC. Her research combines genomics, bioinformatics and epidemiological techniques to understand the origins, evolution and transmission dynamics of outbreak organisms, including tuberculosis and influenza. She received her BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from UBC and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SFU. After that, she completed her postdoctoral training at the R.E.W. Hancock Lab at UBC.

Eve Rickert, MSc

Mastermind, Talk Science to Me Inc.

A certified stylistic editor, copy editor and proof-reader with 10 years of experience, Eve focuses on the natural sciences, sustainability and Aboriginal affairs. An enthusiastic science communicator, Eve believes you can convey your message clearly, concisely and beautifully, whether you’re a university researcher or a government manager, and whether you’re talking about microbes, dandelions or native land rights.

Eve hold a master’s degree in environmental studies and a certificate in editing and has in-house experience at D&M Publishers Inc. (owners of the Douglas & McIntyre, Greystone Books and New Society imprints), the magazines Conservation and High Country News, the journal Environmental Practice, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Among many others, her freelance clients have included the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Island Press, the Columbia Institute, the University of British Columbia and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).

In addition to writing, editing and indexing, Eve provides full-service publications support, working with associates to offer solutions for everything from small editing jobs to large, complex projects involving editing, print or Web design, project management and specialized research.

Andrew Knowles, BSc, MSc

VP Supply Chain Operations, STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

Andrew has joined STEMCELL Technologies since 2002, shortly after completing his MSc. He continued to work as a Lab Technician and TA for a period of time between his thesis defence and work at STEMCELL. Prior to his current role, he was the Technical Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Senior Manager of Data Operations and Director of Supply Chain Operations. Over the last 14 years, he has contributed to STEMCELL’s growth from $5 million to $65 million in global sales, increased their product offering from 400 to over 2,000 products in that time, grew their team from 50 to over 500 employees and expanded their facilities from two to five locations in Vancouver as well as one facility in Seattle. In addition to being the VP Supply Chain Operations, he has been the Chair and Founder of STEMCELL’s Green Team since 2003. Despite his busy schedule, he has been his kids' hockey coach for the past six years. Andrew completed both MSc and BSc at UBC, where he studied protein metabolism during cancer cachexia and following chemotherapy for his Master thesis.

Terry Taciuk, BSc (Chemistry/Biology), MBA

VP Marketing, STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

Terry has over 30 years of business experience in Marketing, Sales and General Management; he is currently the Vice President – Marketing at STEMCELL Technologies Inc.. Terry’s career has been focused in Marketing, Sales and General Management. He has also held executive positions in a number of industries, including Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecom, Retail Energy and Financial Services. Most recently, he was the President and CEO of the Insurance Division of Vancity Credit Union. Terry sat on the Board of Directors for MITACS for 8 years, leveraging the work he led in advanced modelling of consumer behavior and optimization of marketing sales campaigns and resources while at TELUS and Direct Energy. The transition to Biotechnology has been interesting-melding the rigorous requirements of the science with a strategic and disciplined marketing approach. Terry started in premed and after his second year, he entered dentistry at the U of A. He then moved back to Science and went on to complete an MBA.

Raymond See, MSc., Ph.D

Director, Strategic Scientific Initiatives and consultant, Indel Therapeutic

Raymond has over 15 years of research experience in both academia and biotechnology. He is currently a Director, Strategic Scientific Initiatives and consultant to Indel Therapeutics. Prior to this he was the Scientific Director of the UBC Proteomics for Emerging Pathogen Response (PREPARE) project funded by Genome BC and Genome Canada where the UBC team of Infectious Disease experts focused on the development of novel antimicrobials for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and mapped the protein-protein interaction network for this deadly pathogen. Raymond was also Program Director of the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative (SAVI) at the UBC Centre for Disease Control where he spearheaded the efforts to develop 3 SARS vaccines in parallel utilizing the expertise of world-class Canadian infectious disease experts across Canada. This cooperative and collaborative role between Canadian researchers led to a distinguished CIHR Partnership Award for SAVI in 2005. Raymond has worked for a number of other biotechnology companies including Xenon Pharmaceuticals (Burnaby) and Consensus Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Medford, USA). Raymond obtained his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees at UBC Department of Experimental Pathology and did his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School Department of Pathology. He currently has over 30 publications in high impact scientific journals in the area of infectious diseases.

Heidi Imhoff, PhD, MBA

Dr. Imhoff has five years of international work experience as Medical Science Liaison, both with major pharmaceutical companies, Merck Canada and Schering-Plough Canada and Germany, as well as in a start-up Biotech company in her current position with InterMune Canada. In her role as a Medical Science Liaison, Dr. Imhoff has successfully supported the medical strategy for a blockbuster drug as well as launched an expected blockbuster drug in rheumatology and a drug for an orphan disease in respirology. Formerly, Dr. Imhoff has gained extensive experience in basic research in infection biology at different Institutes at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover in Germany as well as at Lund’s University in Sweden, with a track record of publications. Recently, she finished her MBA at Sauder School of Business, UBC.

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Companies Represented


Bioinformatics Graduate Program at Genome Sciences Centre
LifeSciences BC
Network Immunology Inc.
Sauder School of Business (Master of Management – Early Career Masters)
SFU Beedie School of Business
STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

The following organizations will be represented by the industry professionals attending the Expo.

Alectos Therapeutics
Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Aurora Biomed Inc.
BC Cancer Agency
Bioinformatics Graduate Program at Genome Sciences Centre
Borden Ladner Gervais
Boreal Genomics Inc.
Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
Cardiome Pharma Corp.
CBC Television and Discovery Channel Canada
CDRD Ventures Inc.
Douglas College
GenomeDx Biosciences Inc.
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
GrowthWorks Capital Ltd.
Health Canada
Indel Therapeutics Inc.
Lifesciences BC
Network Immunology Inc.
Pacific BioVentures Inc.
Rick Hansen Institute
Sauder School of Business
SFU Beedie School of Business
SFU Innovation Office
Simon Fraser University
Smart & Biggar
STEMCELL Technologies Inc.
Switch Materials
TAITLABS (Tait Laboratories Inc.)
Talk Science to Me Inc.
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp.
The BC Bioenergy Network
The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD)
University of British Columbia
viDA Therapeutics Inc.
Wax-it Histology Services Inc.
ZE PowerGroup Ltd.

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