Organization: Univ of British Columbia

Dr Santa Ono

Dr Santa Ono, president of the Univ of British Columbia, has been appointed chief advisor of the province’s freshly minted Innovation Network linking industry to post-secondary institutions. During Ono’s first year, he will focus on talent, research and innovation, and super-clusters. This will involve working in conjunction with the Premier’s Technology Council to: develop and…

BF Francis Ouellette

Genome Quebec has appointed BF Francis Ouellette as VP scientific affairs effective February 27, bringing more than 20 years of experience in bioinformatics. Ouellette has spent the past 10 years at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research as a lead investigator and associate director of its informatics and biocomputing platform. He was also employed by…

APEC mental health hub pitched for Canada

The Univ of British Columbia and the Univ of Alberta have joined the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to request $5 million over five years in start-up funding from the federal government for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Hub to promote mental wellness in Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The request was contained…

BCIC selects four promising research projects

The BC Innovation Council has launched its Ignite Awards program with the selection of four research projects in natural resources and applied sciences. BCIC awarded $838,000 to the projects which leveraged more than $1.8 million from other sources. To be eligible, the projects must demonstrate commercial and technical viability as well as the ability to…

UBC launching western Creative Destruction Lab

The Univ of British Columbia‘s Sauder School of Business is launching a BC version of the Univ of Toronto‘s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) to assist young companies in accessing adequate funding for scale-up and growing within the province. Since its inception in 2012, U of T’s CDL has generated $800 million in equity value in…

$58.2M awarded for PSE infrastructure renewal

The Univ of British Columbia is receiving $39.7 million from the federal government and $11.8 million from the provincial government through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) — a $2-billion, three-year post-secondary infrastructure program. The total investments will go towards three UBC projects: renew and replace facilities at the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs…

CDRD spin-off secures seed funding from Quark

Sitka Biopharma, Vancouver, has received a “significant” but unspecified seed investment from Quark Venture to advance its lead compound for treating bladder cancer into clinical trials. Sitka was spun out in 2013 from the Univ of British Columbia and the Centre for Drug Research and Development. CDRD assisted the firm in developing its nanoparticle platform…

UBC and partners sign major licensing deal with Roche

The Univ of British Columbia has completed its largest licensing agreement to date for a promising treatment for advanced prostate cancer. The agreement with Roche, a Basel, Switzerland-based multinational, was signed by UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute which co-host the Vancouver Prostate Centre where the new drug technology was developed and is…