The best and brightest of British Columbia’s emerging life sciences sector will be on display next week, as investors from around the world gather virtually to hear their pitches. The two-day event, organized by non-profit LifeSciences BC, will feature 33 up-and-coming companies, with up to 70 investors dialing in from Asia, Europe and the U.S. While the summit is an…
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Two Japanese institutions, a Korean biotechnology start-up, and a Canadian biotech company have entered into a research collaboration to identify biomarkers unique to lung cancer cells suitable for targeted therapeutics. As of October 13, 2020, Japan’s largest comprehensive research organization, RIKEN; Keio University of Japan; iProgen Biotech Inc. of Canada, and iPrime Therapeutics Co., Ltd of Korea agreed to the…
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LifeSciences BC, a non-profit, industry association which supports the life sciences sector of British Columbia, and Lumira Ventures, a leading North American healthcare venture capital firm, will host the 5th Annual LifeSciences BC’s Investor Summit in Vancouver, B.C., virtually on November 2nd and 3rd, 2020. With keynotes given by Mr. Daniel Hétu, Managing Director of Lumira Ventures and Mr. Peter Greenleaf, CEO Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, the…
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Novel Computational Tool Accurately and Quickly Detects Circular RNA

Scientific research into the double- and single-helix linear structures of DNA and RNA has revealed a mystery in the form of circular RNA (circRNA). As interest grows in these strands of RNA that are continuous loop shapes, a new computational tool called CircMiner, developed by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Faraz Hach and his team at the Vancouver…
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Symvivo Corporation today announced that it is receiving advisory services and funding of up to $2.8 million from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support the clinical advancement of bacTRL-Spike™, the company’s oral, room temperature-stable DNA vaccine candidate for the prevention of COVID-19. The funding follows a notification Symvivo received from the Government of Canada…
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COVID-19 Collaboration Saves Lives of ICU Patients

In late March, Zee Rahiman spiked a fever and could barely talk because of non-stop coughing and vomiting. Once admitted to hospital, his condition rapidly deteriorated. Zee tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU), where he was placed on a ventilator. “I initially thought ‘I’m fit. This is going to be another flu for…
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B.C.’s favourite defender in the battle against COVID-19, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, will give the opening keynote address at an online kids’ event next month. Henry will speak at the start of the Girls and STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math) virtual symposium, which takes place November 7 at Science World. The third annual event…
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From artificial intelligence to X-ray crystallography, Dr. Artem Cherkasov (AC) and Dr. Natalie Strynadka (NS) both professors at UBC, are employing cutting-edge techniques in their quest to find an anti-viral drug to treat COVID-19. They answer some questions about their potentially lifesaving project. How will your research contribute to the worldwide fight against COVID-19? AC: There are essentially two ways to…
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Precision Nanosystems, Inc. (PNI), a global leader in technologies and solutions in genetic medicine, announced today that it has received a commitment of up to $18.2 million in support from the Government of Canada under the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s (ISED) Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. PNI will use the investment to advance a best-in-class…
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New research from the Lorincz lab makes a significant contribution to answering one of the lingering epigenetic mysteries in developmental biology: how can sperm and eggs of the same species have DNA methylation profiles so different from one another? In a study recently published in Nature Genetics the researchers have explained the underlying basis of “a significant fraction” of sex-based DNA methylation…
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