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[ Biotech Expo 2017 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center (6163 University Blvd) Event details here (


Biotech Expo & Conference 2015

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Are you interested in learning about potential careers in life sciences and biotech? Want to learn about up and coming scientific endeavours in BC from leading companies and exhibitors? Need to build your network with like-minded peers and industry professionals? Please join SBN at our Annual Biotech Expo and Conference on February 25th! This is a great opportunity to learn about potential careers and interact with some of the leaders in life sciences here in BC. The evening will include:

  • Formal networking with a large variety of motivated students and industry mentors over drinks and catered appetizers.
  • A high-level keynote speaker, sharing his personal career journey.
  • Six unique breakout sessions exploring exciting career paths for scientists.
  • A chance to visit with exhibitors: delegates from leaders in life science and biotech.

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Time & Location

Date: Wednesday February 25th 2015
Time: 5:30-10:00pm
Location: Sutton Hotel and Plaza, 845 Burrard St. Vancouver
Attire: Business

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Early Bird Price: $30+GST
Early Bird Member Price: $20+GST

Early bird pricing available until 11:59pm, January 25th.

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Regular Price: $35+GST
Member Price: $25+GST

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Registration closes 11:59pm on Feb 22, 2015. Tickets available at the door for $40.

* Members must first log in and register via My Account in order to enjoy discount.

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Time Session
5:30-6:50pm Reception
Location: Chateau Lafite
7:00-7:35pm Keynote
Kim Lucas, North America Sales Director, STEMCELL Technologies
Location: Versailles A and B
7:45-8:30pm The Business of Science
Laurence Meadows, Director of Business Development, MITACS Inc.
John Barclay, Manager, Comm. and Industry Relations Rick Hansen Institute
Location: Versailles A and B
Careers in Bioinformatics
Elodie Portales-Casamar, Child and Family Research Institute
Rene Warren, Bioinformatics Coordinator, BC Cancer Agency
Location: Chateau Mouton Rothschild
8:50-9:10pm Science Communications
Michael Weaver, Medical Writer, Pearl Productions
Location: Versailles A and B
Careers in Biotech and Development of the Biotech BCIT Program
Paul Barran, Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council of Canada
Location: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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Speaker Information

  • Kim Lucas, STEMCELL Technologies
  • John Barclay, Rick Hansen Institute
  • Elodie Portales-Casamar, Child and Family Research Institute
  • Rene Warren, BC Cancer Agency
  • Michael Weaver, Pearl Productions
  • Laurence Meadows, Mitacs
  • Paul Barran, National Research Council of Canada 

Speaker Bio


Kim Lucas is Director of North American Sales at STEMCELL Technologies Inc, a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. In her current role, Kim leads a team of 60 people and is responsible for 70% of the company's revenue. Her team members are located in strategic cities throughout North America, and their quest is to help scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research. Prior to becoming Director of North American Sales , Kim held management positions in Sales Operations, International Sales and Inside Sales. She has over a decade of experience in organizational planning, process design and strategy development, specifically within a rapid growth company. Her leadership skills have consistently developed team members to reach peak performance and achieve desired results, which in the case of sales is delivering excellent customer service and exceeding revenue targets.

Kim is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. & Yukon Division and she volunteers with multiple other organizations around Vancouver including the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School Board and various sports associations. Kim has a Bachelor of Science from University of British Columbia. She was a competitive athlete in her earlier life but now stays active by running (she has completed a number of marathons), cycling (to and from work) and hitting the slopes with her two boys (when there is snow).


John Barclay is Manager, Commercialization & Industry Relations at the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI). He is responsible for the development, implementation and management of RHI’s Commercialization Program, which aims to facilitate the development of innovative therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics and health-IT related technologies with direct application to spinal cord injury towards commercialization. He also leads other strategic initiatives at RHI, such as the development of RHI’s open funding opportunities. John has over ten years of broad experience in the life sciences industry, primarily in the not-for-profit sector, including strategy and policy development, and program and project management. Prior to joining RHI, he held positions at Genome British Columbia and CANTEST Ltd. John holds an MBA in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


Dr. Portales-Casamar is a Clinical Informatics Specialist with the Clinical Research Support Unit at the Child and Family Research Institute. Prior to joining CFRI, she was the manager of the Neuroinformatics Core for NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence in brain development. In this role based at UBC, she implemented a national framework for standardized data collection, extraction and analysis for researchers across Canada. Dr. Portales-Casamar has a PhD in neuroscience and post-doctoral training in bioinformatics and genomics.


René is a senior bioinformatician with extensive experience in computational biology, a prolific scientific research author and regular reviewer for genomics and bioinformatics journals. He currently leads a high-performance computing team in developing scalable bioinformatics technologies and supporting an array of genomics projects at the Genome Sciences Centre where he worked since almost inception (2002). In his career, he has been at the forefront of innovation, pioneering a number of bioinformatics “firsts”. Among those, SSAKE, the first algorithm for genome assembly with short DNA sequences. Algorithms of SSAKE are the core of many genomics applications and their design continues to inspire new-generation technologies. Applications of the software extend beyond genome assembly and the innovative technology was applied to profiling T-cell metagenomes, targeted assembly, HLA typing and was key to the discovery of Fusobacterium in colon cancer, a finding designated as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2011 by Time magazine. An avid photographer, hobbyist videographer, hiker, kayaker and father of 3, René is a scientist at heart who enthusiastically instills his passion for research.


Michael is a UBC graduate and completed a PhD degree in Microbiology after the usual amount of soul searching, borrowing, and impromptu goal-setting. He subsequently took up a postdoctoral position at UCLA, where, his training exposed him to clinical laboratory operations, flow cytometry, HIV treatment, and bone marrow transplantation and clinical research. After concluding his postdoctoral stint in 1985, he joined St. Pauls Hospital as a laboratory scientist in the Department of Pathology. In 1991, he moved to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary where is he was scientific directory of the Immunology laboratory. Following a career upheaval in 1995, he moved back to Vancouver and began editing articles for MedScape and began a freelance relationship with another client, that continues to this day. In 1997, he joined QLT, a UBC spin-off company, as a regulatory writer and worked with their team to launch their first product, Visudyne. From QLT, he moved on to other clients and since then, has thrived as a freelance medical writer, working for numerous clients in the US. The question he often asked himself is, “How did I get here from there and what role did my UBC degree play in it?” The answer is, quite a lot, as things turned out.


Laurence Meadows received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from McGill University (Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery), during which he examined the properties of abnormal voltage-gated sodium channels and their effects on epilepsy. He subsequently spent 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan (Department of Pharmacology) where he continued his research on sodium channels before joining Mitacs in February, 2006 as a Business Development Director at their Vancouver office.

Laurence is currently the Team Lead of the Mitacs Western Canada business development group and his responsibilities include working closely with local industry and academic researchers to further support applied research collaborations and graduate student and Post-Doctoral Fellow training.


Paul Barran is an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA), with the National Research Council (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). At IRAP he provides technical expertise, advice, and financial assistance to small to medium sized companies in the biotechnology sector.

Prior to joining IRAP in 2001, Dr. Barran served as the Program Head of the Biotechnology Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (1987-2003) where he developed both the original Diploma and Joint UBC/BCIT Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.

Dr. Barran is also the author of the popular “Biotech 101 - Introduction to the Science of Biotechnology” course. He is a past Director of Life Sciences BC, and BioTalent Canada, and is an active member of the BC biotechnology community. He has been involved with the Sanofi BioGenius program for many years, serving as Regional Scientific Coordinator (2001-2014) and Chief Judge (2004-2014).

Dr. Barran holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, and B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biology from the University of Waterloo. He was the recipient of the 1999 BCBA Award for “Community Involvement and Enhancement”.

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Companies Represented by Mentors, Sponsors, Speakers and Exhibitors

Alectos Therapeutics
Alphabetica Law
BC Bioenergy Network
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Boreal Genomics
CDRD - The Centre for Drug Research and Development
College of pharmacists
Fresh Direct Produce
Genome BC
Genome Sciences Centre
JL Careers
Kairos Therapeutics
LifeSciences BC
Qu Biologics
Simon Fraser University
STEMCELL Technologies Inc.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver Coastal Health
Wax-it Histology Services Inc


Beedie School of Business
SignalChem Pharmaceuticals
STEMCELL Technologies

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