Announcing the 20th Annual BC LifeSciences Award Recipients

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--()--It always starts with a simple question in the life science value continuum; how do we create a better patient outcome? From within the entire life science sector the clinical work is driven by the most human of desires – to fix things and make things better for those who are plagued by disease, short or long-term illness, physical injury or disfigurement or natural maladies that impair the flow of life.

In British Columbia we are fortunate to have a vibrant and thriving life science biocluster that is marked not only by local and national accomplishments, but international recognition. We have a community of scientists, physicians, engineers, technologists, clinicians, researchers, thought provokers and gamblers, aka entrepreneurs, that at the end of the day, have given their all to resolving the mysteries of disease states and physical maladies

“These awards honouring the achievement of key milestones in research, growth, innovation and leadership make 2017 as a breakout year for our life sciences sector. Our message for this year, “a strong ecosystem accelerates success,” is about community supporting community. These awards celebrate the “best of” and provide examples of success that inspire all of us,” said Lesley Esford, President and CEO of LifeSciences BC.

  • Genome British Columbia Award for Scientific Excellence – Dr. Sally Aitken
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research: Aubrey J. Tingle Prize - Dr. David Huntsman
  • Milton Wong Award for Leadership - Dr. Michael Abrams
  • Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year – AbCellera Biologics Inc.
  • Growth Stage MedTech Company of the Year – bioLytical Laboratories Inc.
  • Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year – StarFish Medical Inc.
  • Deal of the Year – Zymeworks Inc.
  • Medtech Company of the Year - Redlen Technologies Inc.
  • Life Sciences Company of the Year – Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement – Dr. Connie J. Eaves & Dr. Allen C. Eaves

“B.C.’s thriving life sciences sector is one of the fastest-growing in Canada and the innovative companies receiving these awards represent tens of thousands of good-paying jobs for people in B.C.,” said Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology and keynote speaker Bruce Ralston. “The sector is at the forefront of research, diagnostics and regenerative medicine, attracting world-leading companies and offering investment opportunities. Congratulations to all the winners for your cutting-edge innovations that are improving people’s lives across the globe.”

“This past year, our life sciences ecosystem garnered significant growth, investment and global awareness. There have been significant industry announcements such as the $US1.5B Zymeworks – J&J agreement and our province being awarded the digital health supercluster for Canada. Life sciences in B.C. is no longer a tech sector subset, it is its own industry,” said Nancy Harrison, Chair, LifeSciences BC, Board of Directors.

LifeSciences BC is looking forward to celebrating our community and these award recipients at our annual dinner.

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.


LifeSciences BC
Susan Ogilvie, 604-669-9909 Ext. 6
Manager, Communications and External Affairs

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LifeSciences BC Announcing Annual Award winners at April 19th Gala in Vancouver, BC


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LifeSciences BC
Susan Ogilvie, 604-669-9909 Ext. 6
Manager, Communications and External Affairs