VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Once a year, British Columbia’s life science sector comes together to recognize the significant and extraordinary achievements of the many individuals, institutions and companies that are a part of the vibrant life science ecosystem. The diligent efforts of the larger scientific community, contribute to meaningful medical discovery and economic growth reaching far beyond B.C.’s provincial borders.
The theme for this year’s awards’ gala, Local Catalyst | Global Connectivity, recognizes the exciting research work that starts with an idea and ends as a commercial enterprise. 625 members of the community will be joining the 18th Annual LifeSciences Awards Dinner gala on April 21 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
It takes an entrepreneur to start a company, but it takes an entire life sciences community to help build that company. Industry, academia, research institutions, health authorities and government all come together collectively to contribute to the greater success of the life sciences ecosystem. These collaborations have not only resulted in commercial achievement here, many have gone on to succeed internationally - with no less than six IPOs (initial public offerings) in the past 24 months. In British Columbia, we are fortunate to have a vibrant and thriving life science cluster that is marked not only by local and national accomplishments, but international recognition.
“The Annual Life Sciences BC Awards recognize the many leaders in our community who have helped empower the life sciences sector to lead with innovative technologies that are changing lives and affirming B.C.’s international reputation in this field,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Life sciences is one of the key subsectors in the B.C. Government’s recently released #BCTECH Strategy, which supports B.C.’s growing tech sector.”
At this year’s 18th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards Dinner, presented by FARRIS, LifeSciences BC is recognizing the hard work, dedication, discipline and tenacious persistence that has set alight the curiosity of individuals, organizations and institutions, that have made a difference.
The 2016 Winners are:
|Dr. Christoph Borchers - Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence|
|Dr. Randy Gascoyne - Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research - Aubrey J. Tingle Prize|
|Dr. Victor Ling - Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement|
|Dr. Richard Glickman - Milton Wong Award for Leadership|
|Jonathan Kallner - Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year|
|The Friedman Lab - Award for Clinical Research Excellence|
|Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year|
|Precision NanoSystems, Inc. - Growth Stage Medtech Company of the Year|
|Arbutus Biopharma Corporation - Deal of the Year|
|Zymeworks Inc. - Life Sciences Company of the Year|
Paul Drohan, President & CEO of LifeSciences BC said, “This year’s award winners are an extremely accomplished and dedicated group who have devoted their lives to the betterment of others. It’s remarkable when you think of the great efforts they have all pursued to not only serve us here in B.C., but around the world. Discovery to commercialisation, British Columbia is where you want to be.”
About LifeSciences BC
LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry.
Life sciences sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical technology, to digital health and medical devices, are integrated into our organization and all that we do, ensuring that no life sciences sector is working in isolation — and that all sectors come together in a comprehensive, complementary and coordinated fashion.
Throughout the year, LifeSciences BC undertakes numerous programs and projects in support of these sectors. These include public policy initiatives, facilitating trade missions between global industry and our local organizations, raising the profile of our industry internationally and thus facilitating investment and global partnering opportunities, and helping nurture economic development in British Columbia through the life sciences industry.