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UBC's Annual Address: Powering Bio-Innovation in British Columbia

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:00 PM
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Schedule:Online Program 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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We are entering a golden age of biomedical discovery, where new classes of therapeutics—such as mRNA, gene, and cell therapies—are expected to transform human health and drive economic growth over the next century. With world-class biomedical researchers and a vibrant life sciences ecosystem, BC has a tremendous opportunity to lead this global transformation and shape a more healthy, sustainable and innovative future for British Columbia.

This panel of UBC experts and B.C. business leaders will explore the critical role that bio-innovation will play in British Columbia's economic and social prosperity, and what is needed to strengthen the overall ecosystem, from research and talent development to commercialization.


Dr. Anna Blakney Karimah Es Sabar Dr. Dermot Kelleher Dr. Ali Tehrani Professor Santa J. Ono

Dr. Anna Blakney, Assistant Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering, University of British Columbia
Karimah Es Sabar, CEO & Partner, Quark Venture LP
Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Professor, Department of Medicine; Dean, Faculty of Medicine; Vice-President, Health, University of British Columbia
Dr. Ali Tehrani, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Zymeworks Inc.
Moderator: Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia

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