The Future of Life Sciences in Canada: Growing Sustainable Anchor Companies

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
3:30 PM
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Schedule:Registration & Reception: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Program: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

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Canada’s Evolving Life Sciences Industry: Exploring Ecosystems, Clusters, and the Need for Anchor Companies
The first white paper of the adMare Institute considers the role of innovation ecosystems, advantages of industrial clusters, and impact of anchor companies on the life sciences industry. This paper describes how innovation ecosystems differ from clusters, and explores the symbiosis that exists among the component parts. It also proposes a definition of research-based anchor companies in the Canadian context and explore the critical roles they play in leading internationally prominent life science clusters. To view the entire report and explore its findings, please click here.

Invest Vancouver is the economic development service for the Metro Vancouver region. By working to secure strategic investment, promote the region to a global audience, and advise decision-makers through forward-thinking economic research and policy analysis, Invest Vancouver is amplifying opportunity and advancing shared prosperity for residents of the region.

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The Future of Life Sciences in BC Growing Sustainable Anchor Companies

The hallmark of a successful life sciences sector and global player is the existence of anchor companies that demonstrate market share, brand recognition, and a track record of sustained success. They interact with other companies and organizations within a life sciences cluster and act as a bridge, connecting regional and global networks of partners, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders.

Developing anchor companies brings significant economic advantages including capital formation and mobility, talent attraction and mobility, intellectual property development, and the translation of knowledge from academia to industry – a myriad of reasons advocating for the development of more anchor companies in Canada to build a stronger life science industry.

Join us for a presentation by Gordon C. McCauley, President & CEO of adMare BioInnovations to review the key findings of their whitepaper, Canada’s Evolving Life Sciences Industry: Exploring Ecosystems, Clusters, and the Need for Anchor Companies, followed by a panel discussion with industry leaders on the challenges, opportunities, and solutions for the development of Canadian innovation clusters.

Welcome Remarks:

The Honourable Brenda Bailey

The Honourable Brenda Bailey
Minister of Jobs,
Economic Development and Innovation
Province of British Columbia


Gordon C. McCauley

Gordon C. McCauley
President & CEO
adMare BioInnovations

Panel Discussion:

Nancy Harrison   Miranda Lamt   Elisia Maine   Tamer Mohamed   Wendy Hurlburt  

Nancy Harrison, Venture Partner, Amplitude Ventures
Miranda Lam, K.C., Chief Legal Officer & Vice President, Business Development, Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc.
Elicia Maine, Associate Vice President, Knowledge Mobilization & Innovation, Simon Fraser University
Tamer Mohamed, Founder & CEO, Aspect Biosystems
Moderator: Wendy Hurlburt, President & CEO, Life Sciences BC

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