Vancouver Island Technology Park Speaker Series to Kick-off with Don Listwin


<p><span class="xn-location">SAN JOSE</span>, Calif., <span class="xn-chron">March 1</span> /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On <span class="xn-chron">March 4, 2010</span>, Canary Foundation Founder Don Listwin will speak to high-tech executives in Victoria, BC regarding current issues that face the technology sector and the incentive to adapt the industry as a whole. <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span>, one-time Executive Vice President of Cisco Systems and current member of the National Cancer Institute's Board of Scientific Advisors, will specifically address how the lessons learned in the technology and business realms can improve the way we view life sciences and personalized medicine.</p>
<p>At Cisco during the rise of the Internet, <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> now exercises many of the practices learned as a technology mogul to leverage the potential of early detection cancer research at Canary Foundation and on the External Advisory Board for the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) at Stanford University. With an innovative approach, <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> is fusing basic business concepts with medicine, creating new and different means of research that are independent of traditional government grants. <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> seeks to build the foundation that connects the very best cancer researchers with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists so that their breakthroughs will have the best chance of saving lives.</p>
<p>A native of <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> is also a well-recognized philanthropist in Victoria as Canary's collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions, including research conducted in British Columbia. <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> and Canary have contributed over <span class="xn-money">$2 million</span> to the BC Cancer Foundation and continue to raise funds through the annual Canary Derby. Conceived by <span class="xn-person">Michael Ball</span>, CEO of GenoLogics, the derby brings together the technology and business communities of Victoria and <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> to build and race cars are that are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity and team ingenuity; all to raise funds for Canary early detection research in BC.</p>
<p>Kicking off <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> Island Technology Park's (VITP) Speaker Series 2010, <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span> will speak to the current paradigm shift: how enacting business practices can bring together the best minds in the field, circumventing current medical practices in cancer early detection. The VITP Speaker Series will feature key speakers from the Life Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies, Clean and Renewable Energy, and Ocean Technology sectors. The cocktail reception begins at <span class="xn-chron">5 pm</span> with <span class="xn-person">Mr. Listwin</span>'s presentation to follow at <span class="xn-chron">5:45 pm</span>.</p>

    About Canary Foundation
<p>Canary Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging. Since 2004, Canary has raised over <span class="xn-money">$30 million</span> to support early detection research. Its collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions. One hundred percent of donations go to early detection research activities. For more information, please visit <a href=""></a>. For information about Canary Foundation of Canada's annual soapbox derby fundraiser, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p>


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