Monday 12 |  September 2016

LifeSciences BC 2016 AGM and Sponsors' & Members' Appreciation Luncheon
Date: Thursday, September 15th 2016
Time11:30 to 13:30
Location:  Terminal City Club - 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Please note that the AGM is free to attend; however, it's strictly limited to members and sponsors only. After the AGM has concluded, LifeSciences BC is pleased to welcome members, sponsors and non-members to our Sponsors' & Members'
Appreciation Luncheon is free for members and sponsors

LifeSciences BC McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Series on "Leading Small Teams"
September 22, 2016

LifeSciences BC is pleased to feature the Sauder School of Business, STEMCELL Technologies Inc., AbCellera at our McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Event on
Leading Small Teams  

Event Topic: How to successfully manage and lead small teams or groups, whether in the context of a biotech start-up or within a larger life sciences organization.
Sub-Topics Covered:
*    Theoretical approaches and key principles of leadership from a corporate perspective; presentation by Dr. Michael Daniels, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources, Sauder School of Business, UBC.
*    How to successfully choose your business leaders, how to assign roles for key individuals within your life science business and how to successfully transition from founder and scientist to CEO; presentation by Carl Hansen, CEO of AbCellera;
*    Successful leadership of (small) teams/groups at any level within a large life science enterprise; presentation by Kim Lucas, Director of Sales, Americas at STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

Event Details

Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings, Vancouver
For Information Contact:
Sarah Wuertz, Manager, Operations & Events
LifeSciences BC
Phone: 604-669-9909 Ext. 104


Access to Innovation
November 2 & 3, 2016

Hosted for its second year, LifeSciences BC's Access to Innovation Conference will bring together health and life sciences stakeholders to present, discuss and deliver meaningful ways to culitivate collaboration, develop and deliver innovation, while improving outcomes and saving healthcare cost.

Confirmed Presenters: Dr. Jane Aubin, Dr. Robert McMaster, Dr. Brendan Byrne, Dr. David Castle, Dr. Heather Davidson, Dr. Bettina Hamelin, Dr. Simon Sutcliffe


Zucara Therapeutics Appoints Michael Midmer as CEO

VANCOUVER and TORONTO, Canada (September 9, 2016) - Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a pre-clinical life sciences company advancing a novel long-term therapeutic approach to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, has appointed Michael Midmer as its Chief Executive Officer.

NICE green light for Merck's hepatitis C drug Zepatier

September 9, 2016 | By Selina McKee | Cost regulators for the NHS in England and Wales are backing use of Merck, Sharp & Dohme's hepatitis C therapy Zepatier, potentially giving patients with certain types of the condition 'routine' access to another treatment option. 
 London launch for new digital accelerator scheme

September 12, 2016 | By Selina McKee | DigitalHealth.London has launched its inaugural Accelerator programme, with the aim of providing "in-depth" knowledge of the NHS to a group of "high potential" small and medium digital health businesses to help narrow the gap between product develop and uptake.  
Sanofi teams up with Verily to create diabetes JV 

September 12, 2016 |French drugmaker Sanofi has teamed up with Alphabet's US-based life sciences company Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) to launch of a joint-venture - Onduo - with the aim of improving the management of diabetes.     

Novartis VC fund coleads $17M Series A in inflammatory disease startup 
September 12, 2016 | by Nick Paul Taylor |The VC wing of Novartis ($NVS) has joined with Fountain Healthcare Partners to lead a $17 million round in Inflazome, a chronic inflammatory disease startup. Inflazome will use the cash to advance small molecules against the innate immune system receptors known as inflammasomes, targets that have been linked to diseases as diverse as Alzheimer's and Type 2 diabetes. 

Chutes & Ladders: Sanofi appoints global head of immunology and inflammation 

September 9, 2016 | by Michael Gibney | Frank Nestle joined as global head of immunology and inflammation and North American chief scientific officer.




  Researchers debunk 'five-second rule': Eating food off the floor isn't safe
Sometimes bacteria transfer in less than a second

September 9, 2016| Rutgers University |Turns out bacteria may transfer to candy that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and eat it within a 'safe' five-second window.

Robot operates inside eye in world first
September 9, 2016 | By Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent BBC News | A team at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital used the device, controlled via a joystick, to remove a membrane one hundredth of a millimetre thick.

How the sugar industry sweetened research in its favor 

September 12, 2016 | By Jacqueline Howard, CNN | (CNN) - Scientists began to uncover a link between sugar and heart disease about 60 years ago, and now, the general consensus among experts is that sugar intake is associated with heart disease risk.

 Competition dates announced for Fall 2016 funding programs
After three months of criss-crossing BC, MSFHR's Research Programs team has completed initial consultations on the Foundation's new suite of funding programs.
Confirmed program launches:
Health Policy Fellowship 
Applications open: week of September 12 
Application deadline: first week of November

Convening & Collaborating Awards 
Applications open: week of September 26 
Application deadline: second week of October

2017 Scholar Program 
Guidelines posted: early September 
Applications open: early October 
Application deadline: TBD (deadline will be posted once confirmed)

For More Information please click here. 
Life Science Career Opportunities

Did you know about our Business Solutions Program? Through our vendor partners, LifeSciences BC members can benefit from significant savings on a number of business services. For the full list of cost savings for members, please see:
Introducing the UPSĀ® Members Benefit Program for Life Sciences BC Members
Take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You'll receive 30% off small package shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and to worldwide destinations, 25% off imports into Canada, discounts starting at 70% off freight shipments and more.  
Save on office supplies and more with Grand & Toy

Through your Life Sciences BC membership, you can save 10%-20% off the web price of wide range of office supplies from Grand & Toy! Plus, there is no charge for next-business-day delivery on orders over $50 to most Canadian locations. (Some conditions apply.) 
Corporate discounts & group rates at The Listel Hotel

The Listel Hotel, a four star boutique hotel, is known for its enthusiastic service and commitment to high design and guest comfort. This intimate Robson street hotel boasts a perfect location with an award-winning restaurant Forage and gastro-pub Timber.
Suite 580 1285 West Broadway, 
Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8