LifeSciences BC Announces 2016 Annual Award Winners

VANCOUVER, Feb. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - LifeSciences BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 18th Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS. These awards are presented annually to recognize talented individuals and organizations that represent the life sciences ecosystem in B.C. which includes; academia, health institutions, advisors, government and industry. The award winners represent the full spectrum from discovery to commercialization, underscoring the depth of knowledge that significantly contributes to the B.C. bioeconomy, while improving the lives of patients here and around the world.

The 2016 Winners are:

Dr. Christoph Borchers              

Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence

Dr. Randy Gascoyne              

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research - Aubrey J. Tingle

Dr. Victor Ling         

Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Richard Glickman        

 Milton Wong Award for Leadership

Jonathan Kallner         

Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year

The Friedman Lab       

Award for Clinical Research Excellence

Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc.         

Growth Stage Life Sciences Company of the Year

Precision NanoSystems, Inc.         

Growth Stage Medtech Company of the Year

Arbutus Biopharma Corporation      

Deal of the Year

Zymeworks Inc.            

Life Sciences Company of the Year


Paul Drohan, President & CEO of LifeSciences BC said today, "We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong and vibrant life science community to select this year's winners from. It is a rich pool of highly skilled talent, which makes our selection a difficult task, but once decided, it is a brilliant cross section of our community's depth of innovation and knowledge-based resources." 

The 2016 LifeSciences BC award winners will be recognized at this year's annual dinner presented by FARRIS, held on April 21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Special guests from the BC Legislature in attendance will be cabinet ministers, the Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services, and the Hon. Dr. Terry Lake, Minister of Health.

Early bird event tickets on sale until March 11th. To purchase your tickets or a table please visit our Eventbrite page at this link;

About LifeSciences BC
LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, facilitation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our world-class science and industry.

Life sciences sectors, from biopharmaceuticals and medical technology, to digital health and medicaldevices, are integrated into our organization and all that we do, ensuring that no life sciences sector is working in isolation — and that all sectors come together in a comprehensive, complementary and coordinated fashion.

Throughout the year, LifeSciences BC undertakes numerous programs and projects in support of these sectors. These include public policy initiatives, facilitating linkages between global industry and our local organizations, raising the profile of our industry internationally and thus facilitating investment and global partnering opportunities, and helping nurture economic development in British Columbia through the life sciences industry.

SOURCE LifeSciences British Columbia

For further information: Susan Ogilvie, Manager, Communications & External Affairs, LifeSciences BC, Cell: 604-218-5188, Office: 604-669-9909 Ext. 106, Email:


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