LifeSciences BC is pleased to host this half day seminar which focuses on the use of software to implement safety-critical functions in a medical device.
When first introduced into the design of a medical device, software often serves a monitoring function to guard against operator errors or lapses. Software may also have a more active role by controlling the application of electrical, mechanical, nuclear, or other forms of energy to patients. Software functionality can significantly increase the overall safety of the device while software defects or faulty usage workflows could have a negative impact on the overall safety of the device. This seminar will describe how to integrate a safety process into a software development process so that potential safety issues are identified and mitigated.
Participants will learn about the fundamental elements of a safety risk management approach for meeting the unique challenges of using software in the design of a medical device. Participants will also learn how these same challenges are being addressed in other industry sectors such as aerospace and automotive engineering.This seminar is intended for company executives, QA managers, senior engineering staff, and other decision-makers who share responsibility for the safety of products that rely on software to perform critical functions.
Sources of Safety Risk in Complex Software-intenstive Technology Dr. Jeff Joyce, Critical Systems Labs
Lessons Learned from the Development of a Software-intensive system for MRI-guided, MRI-thermometry Laster Interstitial Thermal Therapy of Brain Tumors Richard Tyc, P.Eng, Monteris Medical
Effective Integration of a Safety Process within a Software Development Process David Crowe, Critical Systems Labs
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (registration and breakfast at 8:00 am) Location: Discovery Parks Vancouver, 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver Registration: LifeSciences BC Members - $20.00, Non-members - $40.00
Dr. Joyce is a co-founder of Critical Systems Labs which specializes in the development and analysis of safety-critical software-intensive systems. Jeff earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1989, with earlier degrees in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and the University of Waterloo. As a Senior Systems Engineer with Raytheon, he led the safety analysis of the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) and a related military system. Jeff has taught Software Engineering as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia where he was nominated in 2004 for a Killam Teaching Prize. He is a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the B.C. Advanced Systems Institute and an Associate Editor of the Journal of System Safety.
Richard Tyc Vice President, Technology and Advanced Development, Monteris Medical
Richard Tyc is in charge of advancing, expanding and optimizing Monteris' core technologies and developing next generation product/technology concepts. He is a co-inventor of the AutoLITT concept, having joined the research team at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Center in 1999 working on the AutoLITT technology that evolved into Monteris in 2003. From the beginning Rich has led conceptualization and development of the proprietary software, systems integration, and MRI interfacing. He is expert in software engineering, medical image processing, and MR applications development. He is a professional engineer with a masters degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering. Prior to working on the AutoLITT development, he worked in the fields of pharmaceutical automation, industrial automation, and the prosthetic device industry.
David Crowe Senior Systems Safety Engineer, Critical Systems Labs
At Critical Systems Labs, David helps clients integrate safety and risk management activities into their technical and management processes. David is an experienced software development leader/manager with broad-based experience in the software industry, with developments ranging from small shrinkwrap products to large safety-critical systems. He has coordinated development at multiple international locations, provided technical leadership through the complete life cycle, and managed scope and schedule. David has a B.Sc. in combined honours computer science and mathematics from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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LifeSciences British Columbia is an industry-funded 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.
All life sciences sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, to bioproducts and bioenergy, forest, agricultural and marine biotech, 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 linkages 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.
What does LifeSciences BC do?
Here are just a few of the activities LifeSciences BC carries out under our four strategic areas:
1. Active Facilitation of Investment and Partnering
LifeSciences BC connects our Members and Sponsors to global investors and strategic partners through several avenues including:
LifeSciences BC's on-line directory of companies, research institutions and technologies
Regular targeted strategic partnering events with top-tier multinationals
Co-producing of the annual BioPartnering North America, the largest stand-alone biopharma partnering event on the continent, and an event that regularly attracts delegates from over 25 countries
Our Life Sciences Ambassador Programme, whereby Members' and Sponsors' international business development objectives are supported by a seasoned LifeSciences BC executive on the ground in Europe. This representative is also connected to a global network of fellow Ambassadors in order to build the international partnerships companies are looking for.
Hosting of additional international conferences in British Columbia such as BIO's 2008 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
Regular hosting of incoming business and research delegations from around the world, and coordination of outgoing BC missions to leading international clusters
2. Advocacy and Public Policy Development
LifeSciences BC is regularly consulted by local, national and international bodies on a variety of issues related to science and technology, research and innovation. Through these consultations, we ensure that the BC life sciences industry has a voice at every table, and that voice is one of credible insight into not only the development of our local life sciences industry, but how science and technology affects the lives of everyone globally.
LifeSciences BC also proactively ensures that life sciences is a key priority on the agendas of our various levels of government, and positions the industry as a valuable partner in bettering our city, province and country. By working directly with government on a vast array of policy recommendations, we aim to create an environment which enables the successful execution of Members' and Sponsors' business development goals.
Following are just a few examples of our advocacy efforts and successes:
Development of our position paper, Building World-Class Biotech Businesses in BC — a blueprint for both government and industry to reach our full potential as a leading life sciences cluster
Formal submissions to key consultations such as the BC Conversation on Health and annual budget planning cycles
Leading role on the Pharmacare Taskforce, a collaboration between academia, industry and government whose twelve recommendations on BC's Pharmacare program were accepted in their entirety by the Provincial Government
Collaboration with the Provincial Government to gain approval for enhanced federal Intellectual Property and Data Protection
Introduction of changes to the provincial International Financial Activities Act to provide companies deriving income from life sciences patents tax savings of up to $8 million/year
3. Marketing and Promotion of our World-Class Science and Life Sciences Industry
LifeSciences BC actively works to raise the local, national and international profile of the companies and research institutions that make up British Columbia's life sciences industry. These efforts have led to major international exposure for Members and Sponsors, and subsequent investments and partnering deals. Below are some of the promotion vehicles we continually manage and utilize:
A coordinated strategic British Columbia presence at major international life science conferences such as BIO, BioPartnering Europe, The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, BioJapan and AusBiotech to name just a few
Production of the Annual LifeSciences BC Awards to recognize exceptional individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, and to highlight to the local community, the importance of the life sciences sectors
A robust website that receives over 15,000 hits a month, and that acts as a central portal into all things life sciences in BC, including industry news and events, statistics and information, business development opportunities, resources, employment opportunities, and much more
Biolinks — LifeSciences BC's monthly electronic life sciences newsletter distributed globally to over 5,000 key contacts
4. Development and Support of our Human Capital Through Member Mentoring, Education and Networking
Through LifeSciences BC, Members and Sponsors are provided the opportunity to get informed on the latest issues affecting the industry, get connected to their peers, and get personal advice from industry leaders and experts. Following are just a few ways in which we enable this:
LifeSciences BC's BC Excels Mentorship Program for executives from emerging companies seeking to enhance their own professional development, and their company's product plan, commercialization and intellectual property protection strategies
Quarterly Breakfast Speaking Series featuring national and international industry leaders and local companies
Medical Device and BioProducts and BioEnergy Seminar Series to address topics of specific relevance to members from these sectors
Monthly Industry Roundtables on topics of relevance to all member sectors
Our Annual Salmon Barbeque — a networking event that every year brings together over 200 members of the broad life sciences community
Delivery of Biotech 101 — Biotechnology and Beyond: Introduction to the Life Sciences Industry two-day course for non-scientists
Delivery of the sanofi-aventis BioTalent Challenge — a science fair competition for high school students where they are mentored by a scientist from our community