Person: Dr Molly Shoichet

Francois Legault

Francois Legault has been appointed board chairman of Montreal-based Verlyx Pharma Inc (formerly Oncozyme Pharma), a privately held biotechnology company focused on the treatment of liver disorders. Legault has a long career in the biotechnology industry. Positions include executive VP at BioChem Pharma prior to its acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals, and president, COO and co-founder…

Steven Smith

Steven Smith has been appointed VP business development at B-TEMIA Inc, a Quebec City-based developer and manufacturer of human augmentation medical devices. Smith joins B-TEMIA from Shopper Home Healthcare where he was successful in its growth. At B-TEMIA, he will focus on the commercialization of Keeogo, a motorized walking assistive device worn on the lower…

Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte has been appointed president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), effective March 9th. Laporte’s announcement was made in a terse two-sentence statement on February 27th by the Prime Minister’s Office. The position has been vacant since November 3/14 following the surprise departure of Walter Natynczyk who was appointed DM of Veteran Affairs after…

Dr François Blais

Dr François Blais has been appointed minister of the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology. Blais comes to the ministry during a period of uncertainty over provincial funding of science, research and innovation. He replaces Yves Bolduc who quit politics February 26th following controversial comments on the appropriateness of strip searching high…

Dr Molly Shoichet

Dr Molly Shoichet has been awarded the 2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award — one of five awarded globally for achievement in the physical sciences. Shoichet is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, chemistry and biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the Univ of…

Francois Legault

Francois Legault has been appointed board chairman of Montreal-based Verlyx Pharma Inc (formerly Oncozyme Pharma), a privately held biotechnology company focused on the treatment of liver disorders. Legault has a long career in the biotechnology industry. Positions include executive VP at BioChem Pharma prior to its acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals, and president, COO and co-founder…

Dr Molly Shoichet

Dr Molly Shoichet has been appointed to the board of directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Shoichet is a renowned researcher and professor at the Univ of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair is tissue engineering. She holds a chemistry degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in polymer science…

Dr Anthony De Vuono

Dr Anthony De Vuono has been appointed senior VP and chief technology officer of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), effective August 4th. As one of three VPs in the CANDU reactor division, De Vuono will be responsible for developing AECL’s technology with a focus on competitive costing, safety and licensing requirements. He holds a…

Dr Prakash Patnaik

Dr Prakash Patnaik has been appointed to the Research and Technology Organization of NATO and its Applied Vehicle Technology panel. He is already chair of NATO’s technical committee on mechanical systems and materials for the latter panel. Patnaik is a director and chief defence scientist at the National Research Council’s Institute of Aerospace Research (IAR).…

Mitch Davies

Mitch Davies has been appointed associate assistant DM of Industry Canada’s science and innovation sector, succeeding