Friday | August 12th 2022
International opportunities continue to abound for our talented sector, presenting excellent opportunities for growth and expansion. Recently, Sanofi and Innovent Biologics entered a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of oncology medicines for cancer patients in China. Asahi Kasei Pharma, based in Tokyo, Japan, is putting out an open call for new proposals related to drug discovery research as part of its efforts for open innovation, to promote pharmaceutical research and development through enhanced cooperation with universities, research institutes, and enterprises around the world. Proposals will be officially accepted beginning early next year and interested applicants can learn more here.
Additionally, if you are an innovative digital health or medical technology company looking to scale up your operations and gain a foothold in Asia, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service invites you to submit an application to the Healthcare Technology - Canadian Technology Accelerator. This unique development program will be hosted virtually, and will help organizations foster strategic partnerships, tap into the Taiwanese healthcare industry, validate your technology, and expand into Taiwan and Asia.
Industry Events

Industry events are an important contributor to our overall growth as a sector. They provide a platform for us to promote all the innovations that are on the horizon, while also facilitating important opportunities for networking and collaboration. Next Thursday, August 18th, SFU’s Chang Institute and Coast Capital Venture Connection in partnership with SFU VentureLabs and Genome BC are hosting a workshop entitled “Developing a Long-Term IP Strategy”, designed to teach science and technology entrepreneurs how to optimize their IP strategy. The 22nd Annual Healthcare Summit by Reboot Communications is also coming up on September 22nd and 23rd in Vancouver.

It’s always exciting to see homegrown talent recognized internationally. Kudos to Tamer Mohamed, co-founder and CEO of Aspect Biosystems, for being included on Bloomberg New Economy’s 2022 class of Catalysts list, which includes a group of 28 remarkable individuals dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable future for all!
People on the Move
Congratulations to Michael Artley, who recently joined Acuitas Therapeutics as their new Senior Director of IT. Kudos to Nicole Lemerond for joining InMed Pharmaceuticals’ Board of Directors.
As a final note, this month also marks Genome BC's Pascal Spothelfer’s departure as President and CEO. As he prepares to make way for incoming President and CEO Suzanne Gill, we’re thrilled to highlight Mr. Spothelfer for his countless contributions to genomics and the life sciences sector as a whole, such as serving as one of LSBC’s Board of Directors for the past six years. We thank him for his continued involvement with our organization, and wish him well in this next chapter.
Until next week,
Wendy and the LSBC team
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We now invite applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pharmacology. Applicants for this position must possess a PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification, with research expertise that broadens our current strengths in cancer pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, diabetes, drug metabolism/pharmacokinetics, neuropharmacology, and pharmacogenomics or complements these strengths with a research focus in pharmacology.

Discovery DNA reads 20,000 regions of DNA code or genes, that are linked to human growth, development and unfortunately, sometimes disease. All the steps in the Discovery DNA process are secure. Your DNA and data always stay in Canada and they will never sell your DNA sequence to anyone. The lab is now pending ISO 15189 certification, so you can be sure that your sample is handled according to industry standards.

YouCount is a health-tech company engineering next generation, at-home medical devices utilizing machine vision, analytics and sensors for bio-marker detection.

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