Events

Invest in BC presented by Lumira Ventures

November 3, 2021

Digital Event

Invest in BC presented by Lumira Ventures is our opportunity to bring together stakeholders in the healthcare innovation ecosystem. Entrepreneurs tell their stories and get feedback and engagement from a wide range of investor stakeholders. Investor participants range from angel investors, venture capital, corporate venture, and foundations. In addition, tech transfer offices, innovation councils, and government ministries and agencies are also present. It is the opportunity for companies to attract attention, solicit support, and secure investment that will aid them in their continued growth trajectory.
 
The event brings together stakeholders in the life sciences ecosystem for an exciting day of innovative company pitches, presentations, and engaging panel discussions. Companies from across the life sciences community will be invited to apply to pitch from the following sectors: Digital Health, Medical Devices, Medical Technology, Diagnostics, and Biotechnology.
 
Last year’s Investor Summit attracted 85 investors from around the world including from the UK, USA, China, Singapore & India. 

 

Ali Ardakani, Vice-Chair of Life Sciences BC and Founder & Managing Director of Novateur Ventures to lead a panel discussion on Super Hero Investors in the BC life sciences sector with some of the most active invstors in the region.

recent events

23rd Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by FARRIS

About this event

The 23rd Annual Life Sciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS on September 23, 2021, is an opportunity to celebrate our community’s many achievements, small wins and big victories, with our peers, family and friends. This is our moment to recognize and honour the efforts of all those who have invested their lives’ work in mastering successful health outcomes.

B.C. has found its place on the international life sciences stage and is recognized in Canada and beyond for its significant accomplishments in medical technology, biopharmaceuticals, health delivery systems, and medical research & development initiatives. We have reached beyond our borders to impact patient health and connect to the world at large, while ensuring the life science sector here, at home, remains vibrant and sustainable.

We are fortunate to have a life science ecosystem that bridges academia and a thriving research & development networks, including world-class healthcare facilities, distinguished health & medical foundations, and renowned centres of excellence that are supportive of translation and commercializing innovation in healthcare.

 

The 2021 Life Sciences BC Award Winners are: 

 

Company

  • Life Sciences Company of the Year – AbCellera 
  • Medical Technology Company of the Year – Kardium 
  • Deal of the Year –Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. 
  • Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year – Novateur Ventures 
  • Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year – Notch Therapeutics

 

Individual 

  • Milton Wong Award for Leadership – Northview Ventures: Doug Janzen 
  • Dr. Don Rix Award for Achievement in Life Sciences – Dr. Helen Burt 

 

Research 

  • Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence – Dr. Michael Russello 
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Aubrey J. Tingle Prize – Dr. Ruth Grunau 

 

Impact 

 

BC Life Sciences innovation has been globally recognized for addressing the unique challenges that arose as a result of the pandemic. Through collaboration between academic and research institutions, local SME and global pharmaceutical companies, we saw BC take a leadership role in the development of vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics, and digital health solutions. While many BC companies and individuals have contributed greatly, Life Sciences BC would like to recognize the extraordinary efforts made within our sector with two special awards that celebrate leadership. 

 

  • Global Impact Award: Company – Acuitas Therapeutics 
  • Leadership Impact Award: Individual – Dr. Mel Krajden, BC Centre for Disease Control 

 

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 Life Sciences BC Award winners on September 23, 2021!

 

Date: September 23, 2021

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm PT

Platform: Zoom

Tickets: Free  for Life Sciences BC members & non-members

past events

The Seattle Cancer Summit

March 05, 2018

Seattle, WA

Follow the news and you know: Scientists are more than just chipping away at cancer. They are kicking down the barricades. Cell therapies are, at long last, delivering lasting remissions in a few indications. Small molecules and antibodies with new mechanisms of action – sometimes in clever combination – are raising the bar, making cancer more of a chronic and tolerable disease. Underlying information on gene mutations, dysregulated protein networks and the tumor microenvironment provide a vivid glimpse of malignancy at the molecular level, and a wellspring for new therapeutic ideas. Much of this progress is occurring here on the West Coast. Hear from the leaders in Big Biotech, venture capital, and emerging startups at The Seattle Cancer Summit, March 5 and at The Boston Cancer Summit, March 7. All proceeds go to the Mt. Everest Climb to Fight Cancer campaign at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The Boston Cancer Summit

March 07, 2018

Cambridge, MA

Follow the news and you know: Scientists are more than just chipping away at cancer. They are kicking down the barricades. Cell therapies are, at long last, delivering lasting remissions in a few indications. Small molecules and antibodies with new mechanisms of action – sometimes in clever combination – are raising the bar, making cancer more of a chronic and tolerable disease. Underlying information on gene mutations, dysregulated protein networks and the tumor microenvironment provide a vivid glimpse of malignancy at the molecular level, and a wellspring for new therapeutic ideas. Much of this progress is occurring here on the West Coast. Hear from the leaders in Big Biotech, venture capital, and emerging startups at The Seattle Cancer Summit, March 5 and at The Boston Cancer Summit, March 7. All proceeds go to the Mt. Everest Climb to Fight Cancer campaign at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Bloom Burton Award Gala 2019

September 26, 2019

Toronto, ON

Bestowed annually, the Bloom Burton Award honours an individual scientist, inventor, executive, entrepreneur, industry leader, or policy maker who made the greatest contribution to Canada’s innovative healthcare industry in the previous year.

SynBioBeta 2019

October 01 - 03, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Join SynBioBeta 2019 on October 1-3 in San Francisco to see how synthetic biology is disrupting consumer products, food, agriculture, medicine, chemicals, materials, and more.

Prix Galien USA 2019

October 24, 2019

New York, NY

The Prix Galien Award recognizes outstanding achievements in improving the global human condition through the development of innovative drugs and other treatments. The Prix Galien was created in 1970 in honor of Galen, the father of medical science and modern pharmacology. Worldwide, the Prix Galien is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical research.

The Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony launched in 2007 and the Awards Ceremony and Dinner is held annually at the New York City Museum of Natural History following the Galien Forum. In recognition of the development and discovery of products that improve the human condition, a committee of highly accomplished scientific leaders, inclusive of four Nobel Laureates, recognized winners in three categories: “Best Pharmaceutical Product,” “Best Biotechnology Product,” and “Best Medical Technology.”

BIO-EUROPE 2019

November 11 - 13, 2019

Hamburg, Germany

As Europe’s largest life science partnering conference, BIO-Europe offers countless opportunities to engage with global life science partners. Empower yourself with knowledge from key biotech and pharma leaders who will discuss the latest industry trends in workshops and panels.

38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference 2020

January 13 - 16, 2020

San Francisco, CA

The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is the largest and most informative healthcare investment symposium in the industry, bringing together industry leaders, emerging fast-growth companies, innovative technology creators, and members of the investment community.

What is today known as the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference began in 1983 and was hosted by Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q). H&Q was acquired by Chase in 2000 and a year later Chase was acquired by J.P. Morgan. At its infancy, the conference featured just 20 companies, had about 200 attendees and focused on the biotech industry.

Today, while it is still at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference brings thousands of investors from around the world together. The hundreds of companies presenting run the gamut, from start-ups to those with more than $300 billion in market cap, and encompass the entire global healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical firms, healthcare service providers, profit and not-for-profits, and medical device companies.

The 5th Annual LifeSciences BC Access to Innovation

February 05, 2020

Vancouver, BC

This year’s theme is “Innovation Adoption – Accelerating Patient Outcomes”. Stakeholders include: Academia, Health Institutions, Government, Centres of Innovation, SMEs, Multi-national Corporations, Investors and Payers.

Bio-Europe Spring 2020

March 23 - 27, 2020

Delivered Digitally

The highly successful fourteenth annual BIO-Europe Spring® international partnering conference was a fully digital event in the midst of the worldwide travel restrictions due to the global health emergency. In just 16 days, EBD Group transformed what would have been a Paris conference to a digital solution. 

BIO Digital 2020

June 08 - 12, 2020

Digital Event

For 2020, the BIO International Convention will transition to a new, virtual event format, BIO Digital. This virtual gathering of the global biotech industry provides access to key partners via BIO One-on-One Partnering, educational resources to help drive your business, and the insights you need to continue critical research and development. 

We may not be able to gather in person, but nothing stops innovation.

The LifeSciences BC Investor Summit, presented by Lumira Ventures brings together industry stakeholders from the healthcare innovation ecosystem for company pitching and fostering strategic partnerships with international investors. This signature event will profile more than 30 digital health, therapeutics, and medical technology entrepreneurs from British Columbia’s life sciences sector. 

Each of the selected companies will have the opportunity to present their company’s story and receive feedback and engagement from a wide range of investor stakeholders including, angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate ventures from Japan, France, Hong Kong, China, the United States and Canada.

Please join Novateur Ventures Inc.'s Founder & Managing Director and Vice-Chair of LifeSciences BCAli Ardakani for the panel discussion on investment in the BC life sciences sector with some of the most active investors in the region.

 

UBC Venture Showcase

December 10, 2020

Digital Event

Learning the “in’s and out’s” of fundraising is a key element of an entrepreneur's venture building journey. But even more important is building relationships with potential investors, as these are the champions that can provide guidance, open doors and provide valuable insights to navigate from what, when and how to fundraise.

Join our Reverse Pitch Roundtables following our Sneak-a-Peek presentations with Ali Ardakani of Novateur Ventures Inc. Ventures, Irene Dorsman of Angel Forum ™ Vancouver and Women's Equity Lab and Pieter Dorsman of Angel Forum ™ Vancouver and E-Fund

Join Novateur Ventures Inc.'s Managing Director Ali Ardakani and ESSA Pharma' s President & CEO David Parkinson on Wednesday, Feb 24, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (PST) for a session about the journey from discovery to successful clinical trials at the  LifeSciences BC Access to Innovation event.

Session 3: Part 2, Wednesday, Feb 24, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
Theme: "From Discovery to Successful Clinical Trials: ESSA Pharma’s Story"

Join Novateur Ventures Inc.'s Managing Director Ali Ardakani and Kardium Inc.' s CEO Kevin Chaplin on Wednesday, Feb 24, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (PST) for a session about successful medical device commercialization at the LifeSciences BC Access to Innovation event.
 

Master Class on Intellectual Property for New Ventures: How to make money from your IP portfolio?

About this event

IP is one of the key components in both early-stage and well-established companies, therefore for medtech, digital health and biotech start-ups its crucial to develop a strong patent strategy right from the start.

ELAVITY jointly with the law firm Vossius & Partner, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and Novateur Ventures, invites you to this Masterclass on Intellectual Property for New Ventures. A variety of topics will be covered as described in below and the strategic importance of IP and licensing in the context of fundraising will be highlighted.

Topics:

  • Deep dive into Intellectual Property definition as a key value driver
  • Short introduction to the common IP rights else than patents (trademarks, designs and copyright)
  • Patents and patentability criteria (technicality, industrial application, novelty and inventive steps)
  • Applications of Intellectual Property
  • How to use IP to protect your business
  • Common strategies to extend protection beyond the 20-year term
  • Developing a compelling IP Portfolio
  • How to make money from your IP Portfolio

VANTEC Angel Network

June 2, 2021

Digital Event

The June VANTEC event will feature thought leaders who will provide some insights into the trends and future of the life and health sciences sector; followed by presentations from life sciences and healthtech companies. Join us for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches, and networking.

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