Kazim Agha, Ridout & Maybee LLP
Symposia and Organizers:
Contract Research Organizations: Canadian Pharma Rebooted
Deborah Nicoll-Griffith, EndoParagon Inc. and President, Canadian Society for Chemistry
This symposium will feature chemistry and biochemistry leaders from several Canadian Contract Research Organizations (CROs) which deliver services across the pharma R&D continuum. They will speak to the CRO model of operations and career opportunities for chemists in the CRO industry. From 2007 to 2010, a huge reduction in pharmaceutical R&D spending occurred in Canada due to the closure of numerous Canadian R&D centers owned by multi-national pharmaceutical companies.1 Many Canadian chemists took the initiative to found contract research laboratories which support pharmaceutical R&D from discovery through preclinical and clinical testing. In a recent study initiated by BioQuébec,2 CROs which provide services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries were identified as a major socio-economic engine. In Québec, for example, some 71 CROs were identified with total revenues of greater than $550 million; encompassing more than 4300 employees with total annual salaries of $224 million. Across Canada, as of 2016, some 325 CROs existed with the majority in British Columbia (40), Alberta (32), Ontario (153) and Québec (71).3
1 IMAP Global Pharma & Biotech M&A Report 2014.
2 Les Organisations de recherché contractuelle au Québec: Un moteur socio-économique fort pour le Québec. 2016. https://www.bioquebec.com/rapport-orc-gallery/2d5g1t8bg8x0fcpaw2biy6clqh5nwf
3 Contract Research Map, en ligne 1e mars 2016 et Etude de caractérisation KPMG: Caractérisation des ORC du Québec. Janvier 2016.
To be announced.
Chemistry for Sustainability: Sustainability in the Canadian Chemistry Industry
Ian Jobe, Executive Director, Chemical Institute of Canada
Sustainability encompasses much more than responsible environmental practices, green chemistry and engineering, and green house gas reduction. Sustainability is a about addressing global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and economic growth encompasses cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, innovation and infrastructure, education, good health and welling as well as occupational health and safety, and process safety.
In this session, we will learn from industry leaders
- what sustainability means to their organizations and to them personally
- how sustainability drives their company, the chemistry industry in Canada and globally
- how sustainability is integral in doing the business of chemistry today
Join us to learn how Canadian chemistry industry is making a difference for society to make life healthier, easier and safer.
Students, academia, government scientific professionals, university and government administrators will learn and development knowledge around what a career in industry encompasses, learn about sustainability in the Chemistry Industry in Canada and expand your network of connections.
Fred Godbille, Dupont
Zhongxin Zhou, Gilead Sciences
*Additional speakers to be announced shortly.*
*If you wish to submit a proposal for a talk, please feel free to submit an abstract through the prescribed process for review.*
Research --> Startup: What is That?
Adrien Côté, Velocity
Are you a researcher that believes the application of your work? Do you want to actually solve the grand challenges facing the world that inspired your thesis? You know careers in the sciences are not what they used to be and are up for a different career path? Capitalistic? Want to take your research to market, but not sure what the road from research to startup looks like? Curious where and how you build a science-based company? Want to know what it is like to work for a startup? Wonder what people who think this way are like? Then…
...the “Research --> Startup: What is That?” session is for you! We are going to do things differently and look to skip the PowerPoint and have founders of early stage chemistry-based companies share their journey and experiences. We’re going to really get into it and talk about all the tricky bits: financing, IP, hiring, and stress and the exciting bits: realizing personal missions, harvesting opportunities, and creating change through commercialization. We will also hear from those that help founders of science startups become successful and understand their observations of what works and what does not.
Inspiration and demystification are the goals of this session. You should come.
We a planning three panels on the following topics:
Panel 1: The founder journey
Panel 2: What works and what doesn’t and who can help
Panel 3: Town hall: Questions answered by those who are in the trenches
Call for panelists: If you are a founder, advisor, investor, incubator, or accelerator and are open to an ‘Ask Me Anything’ style of panel discussion, please tell us about your background and interest in participating by submitting an abstract into this session using the abstract submission form.
To be announced.
Cannabis in Canada: A Promising Industry for Chemical Professionals
Kyle Boniface, Zenabis
To be announced.