Join us on September 14, 2023, as we celebrate the 25th Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by Farris. This distinguished occasion provides a unique opportunity for British Columbia's vibrant life sciences community to gather and celebrate its members' outstanding achievements and recognize the tireless efforts of those who have devoted their careers to advancing health innovations.
Embracing its status as Canada's fastest-growing life sciences sector, our BC ecosystem is currently witnessing unparalleled momentum in scientific discovery, innovation, capital attraction, and the cultivation of talent. This remarkable progress extends beyond geographical boundaries, positively impacting patient health on a global scale while building a resilient and sustainable life science sector within our local community.
The Life Sciences BC Awards celebrate and honor the exceptional individuals and organizations that serve as catalysts in propelling the sector forward.
Building upon the success of last year, we are delighted to offer not one but TWO excellent ways to be a part of this extraordinary event. Alongside the distinguished central Awards Gala room, we are excited to reintroduce the highly popular Awards Networking and Viewing Reception Room.
Networking and Viewing Reception Overview:
Adjacent to the main gala room, we are pleased to announce the return of the popular Networking and Viewing Reception room. This engaging space will feature elegant cocktail tables and comfortable seating. As an alternative to a sit-down dinner, guests at the reception will be treated to a variety of delectable, stationed food options.
The ceremony will be live streamed in the reception room, ensuring that our Networking and Viewing Reception guests can enjoy every moment of the awards program.
Before and after the event, as well as during breaks, guests at the Networking and Viewing Reception will have the chance to engage with Gala ticket holders in the shared foyer.
Networking and Viewing Reception Inclusions:
A delectable selection of stationed canapes.
One drink ticket per guest can be redeemed for a choice of wine, beer, or a refreshing soft drink.
Excellent networking opportunities, providing the chance to connect with sector supporters and stakeholders.
A relaxed and informal viewing environment, allowing guests to enjoy the awards ceremony in a more laid-back setting via live stream
Networking and Viewing Reception Cost:
LSBC members - $99
LSBC non-members - $149
Student - $99
Gala Overview: SOLD OUT!
The Awards gala will be held in the main ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Attendees of the main gala will enjoy a three-course plated meal, with an optional glass of wine, while experiencing the live awards ceremony from their assigned guest tables.
Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to engage in networking activities before and after the gala and during breaks in the shared foyer. This will provide a chance to connect with fellow gala ticket holders and guests attending the Networking and Viewing Reception.
Three-course plated meal
One glass of wine per person
Celebrate with Award winners in the main ballroom, where awards are presented
A formal seating arrangement with banquet tables
This Year's Celebrated Award Winners Are:
Companies of the Year:WELL Health Technologies Corp. Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Emerging Company of the Year:Abdera Therapeutics Inc.
Strategic Partner of the Year:Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation (JEDI)
*Companies to Watch - Recognition Honour Roll:Bold Therapeutics Inc. Gandeeva Therapeutics ScopeSys Sonic Incytes Medical Corp.
Dr. Don Rix Lifetime Achievement:Noel Hall
Milton Wong Community Leadership:Dr. Haig Farris
Scientific Entrepreneurship:Dr. Peter Zandstra
Genome BC Scientific Excellence:Dr. Laura Arbour
* This honour-roll recognition is not an award but celebrates the exceptional accomplishments of early-stage companies that have distinguished themselves from their peers over the last year.
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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