LifeSciences BC Announces Recipients of the 2011 LifeSciences British Columbia AwardsWednesday, March 9, 2011
Vancouver, BC, March 9, 2011--(T-Net)--LifeSciences British Columbia today announced the recipients of the 2011 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards. They are:
Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence:
• Dr. Michael Hayden, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Innovation & Achievement Award:
• Dr. Andre Marziali, Boreal Genomics & The University of British Columbia
• Mr. Paul Geyer, LightIntegra Technology Inc.
Medical Device Company of the Year:
• StarFish Medical
Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement:
• Dr. Judith Hall, Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC & The University of British Columbia
These awards are presented annually by LifeSciences British Columbia to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the development of British Columbia's life sciences industry across all sub-sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical devices to bioproducts and bioenergy - sectors which are critical to the economic future of the province and country.
This year's theme, From Curiosity to Discovery, reflects the fact that the smallest ideas can blossom into major innovations that have an enormous impact on our lives. “As we celebrate the Year of Science here in BC, and work to instill an appreciation of the contribution science makes in our society, it is particularly timely that we acknowledge our top innovators and their achievements,” commented Don Enns, President of LifeSciences British Columbia. “We need to celebrate the fact that British Columbia is continually on the global forefront of science and technology development, as exemplified through the work of this year's Award recipients.”
LifeSciences BC also announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award will be permanently re-named as the “Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement” in recognition of Dr. Rix's unparalleled contributions as a medical practitioner, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was without a doubt, a life sciences pioneer within the Province, and a true icon of the industry.
The LifeSciences British Columbia Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 in front of an audience of approximately 600 biopharmaceutical, medical device, bioproducts, bioenergy and greater life sciences community and public policy leaders at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The 2011 LSBC Awards are presented by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, LLP; Genome British Columbia; and Rx&D (Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies), media sponsor Business in Vancouver Magazines, and is an official event of the British Columbia Year of Science.
Please visit www.lifesciencesbc.ca for full event details.
For further information, contact:
Senior Director, Operations and Communications
LifeSciences British Columbia
About LifeSciences British Columbia
LifeSciences British Columbia is a not-for-profit, non-government industry association that represents and supports the biopharmaceutical, medical device, bioproducts, bioenergy and greater life sciences community of British Columbia through facilitation of partnering and investment, advocacy, education, and promotion of our world-class science and industry.
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