Tomorrow's Health, Today's Research

Biomedical Technology Industry Partnership Day

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Check back in the Spring for details for Fall 2018 event

Friday, November 3, 2017
10:30 - 5:30
Student Union Building
Michele Pujol Room
University of Victoria


  Conference Booklet


 Media Coverage

Times Colonist Saturday, 4 Nov 2017

CTV News (starts at 12:35)

Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria generate strong connections between university research and local business. We are the home of the first accredited undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering in Western Canada and this event is designed to showcase our innovative research and industry partnerships in biomedical research occurring in Victoria and the lower mainland. Our first ever Biomedical Technology-Industry Partnership day is open for the community, including students, faculty, local industry, and other interested parties.

Join us for industry talks, a panel discussions, a showcase of Biomedical Research projects, and a speed-networking session that will create new connections and spark collaborative project ideas with funding options available between researchers and industry.

Vender tables in attendance:  VWR, Praxair, ESBE Scientific

Abstract submission now open - information below

9:30 - 10:30  Optional Lab tours (meet in Bob Wright Foyer)

10:30 - 11:00 Registration with muffins, fruit and coffee

11:00 - 12:30

  • Stephanie Willerth, Director, Centre for Biomedical Research
  • Lisa Kalynchuk, Associate Vice-President of Research

Keynote Speakers:

  • Terry Thomas, Chief Scientific Officer, StemCell Technologies
  • Scott Phillips, Founder and CEO, Starfish Medic

12:30- 1:30  Lunch with short presentations by UVic representatives about research centres and our undergraduate programs and co-op

1:30 - 2:30   Grant Opportunities Panel for collaboration between academic and industry

        Rick Warner, NSERC
        Ivana Cecic, GenomeBC
        Nolan Beise, Mitacs
        Ryan Dercho, Zymeworks Inc
        Martin Boulanger, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology,UVic

2:30 - 3:00   Coffee break with posters

3:00 - 4:00   Careers in Biotechnology Panel

Tia Sojonky, StemCell Technologies
Nigel Syrotuck, StarFish Medical
Amanda Malone, Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals
Stefan Fletcher, Rebalance MD

4:00 - 4:30   Speed Networking

4:30 -          Wine and Cheese with networking featuring posters and industry booths

Registration closes Friday 26 October

Call for Abstracts now open.

We will pay for a new poster if submitted by Monday, 23 Oct. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or bring USB to Petch 041.

Students to be eligible to win one of 3 prizes for your poster please do these 3 things:
1) Register here on Eventbrite for the conference.

2) After registering email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your intent to enter an abstract and poster.
Spots are limited so please let me know asap so I can hold your spot.)

3) Submit your abstract to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by  Monday, 23 Oct. 
Abstract submission information for booklet: Please include your name, department, and title (Less than 250 words)

**You can use a current poster from another event or you can make one specifically for this event and we will pay for poster printing if we receive it by the deadline of 23 Oct. ** If you would like a template to use for this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$200. 00 cash prize

1)   Best layperson explanation of their work - sponsored by CBR
2)   Most innovative research with industry-partnership potential - sponsored by RPKM   
3)   Best advanced biomedical technology or material poster - sponsored by CAMTEC

For more information on attending, participating or sponsorship - contact:
Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steering Committee

    Oliver Schmidtke, AVP Research
    Aislinn Sirk, Industry Liaison Officer
    Jody Kitts, Development Manager, Sciences, Engineering and Div. Medical Sciences
    Amanda Malone, CSO Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals
    Stephanie Willerth, Acting Director, CBR
    Lindsay Frehlick, Industry Liaison Officer
    Ash Senini, Co-op Coordinator, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
    Nick Dechev, Biomedical Engineering
    Scott Phillips, President, Starfish Medical
    Nathan Muller, Starfish Medical, Mechanical Engineer
    Nick Allan, BioTech Manager, Starfish Medical
    Alex Brolo, Director of CAMTEC
    Henry Coll, Graduate Student, BME
    Andrew Agbay, Graduate Student, Neuroscience, CBR
    Ian Fraser, Undergraduate, BME
    Evan Moore, Undergraduate, BioDev
    Josh Wagner, Undergraduate, BioDev
    Marjorie Wilder, Assistant to Director, CBR