Canadian Biotech Goes Global

SAN DIEGO & OTTAWA, Ontario--()--BIOTECanada launched BIO 2017 by chairing the annual meeting of International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA) which brings together the national industry associations of the twenty leading biotechnology nations around the world.

“I welcome the opportunity to Chair the ICBA,” commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada. “BIOTECanada looks forward to helping shape the industry’s international public policy agenda, showcasing individual country success and the interconnected global biotech ecosystem. Global Biotech Week running September 20-27, 2017 will provide a further opportunity to highlight the industry’s significance internationally as companies attract partners, investors and talent to drive innovations forward.”

With over 800 Canadians from across the country attending BIO, Canada’s is again the largest international delegation at the annual industry convention.

Importantly, through the BIOTECanada cost saving initiative, more than 100 small and medium sized BIOTECanada member companies were able to take advantage of significant savings on BIO registration and passes to the business partnering forum.

To support member companies and their ecosystem partnerships BIOTECanada recently released Discover, Innovate, Solve. The Science of Amazing – Canada’s Biotech Ecosystem. This platform highlights the central role Canadian biotechnology plays in delivering innovative solutions helping societies and economies mitigate and adapt to the reality of challenging pressures. Learn more -

Canadian programming highlights include:


Tuesday June 20, 2017

10:30am - Canada Pavilion Opening – booth #4325
1pm – Made in Canada –Maximizing the Federal Innovation Agenda Advantage - Booth #4325

This Made in Canada panel will feature a series of national ecosystem leaders exploring the Innovation Agenda
potential for Canadians and our global partners.

Panel participants include: Paul Petrelli, Chair BIOTECanada
Roberto Bellini, Bellus Health
Don Olds, NEOMED Institute
Shermaine Tilley, CTI Life Sciences Fund
Kelly Gillis, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation Science and Economic Development

Wednesday June 21, 2017

3pm – The Next 150 Years of Canadian Innovation - Room 26 AB
Panel participants include: Natalie Dakers, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator
Rory Francis, PEI BioAlliance
April Luong, National Research Council


Nadine Lunt, 613-230-5585 x257


Nadine Lunt, 613-230-5585 x257