Get More Shots on Goal: Exploring Canada's Biotech Landscape

Thursday, October 30 2014
11:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Event Inquiries

Christine Sarkisian at or Mary Beth Totten at

Location: MassBio & Catalyst Restaurant, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA

Canada is the largest trading partner of Massachusetts and the United States.  It's also one of the top ten markets for biopharmaceutical sales in the world and exports over $5 billion in drug products annually.

MassBio, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Canada and the Quebec Government Office in Boston, presents an afternoon of networking and discussion on subject matters of use for New England companies considering Canada as a marketplace for products or as a source for collaborations or funding.

The event will begin with lunch at noon (11:30 registration) at Catalyst Restaurant and conclude with a networking reception at MassBio at 5:30 pm.

Luncheon Program at Catalyst Restaurant

Welcome - Robert Coughlin, President and CEO, MassBio

Canada's Biotech Landscape - Andrew Casey, President of BIOTECanada

Keynote Address - Pierre Meulien, President of Genome Canada

Program at MassBio  - - in development

Sources of Financing in Canada

  • Mounia Azzi, Director of Scientific Affairs, NeoMed Institute
  • Diane Gosselin, President and CEO, CQDM
  • Shermaine Tilley, CTI Life Sciences Fund
  • Gerry Brunk, Managing Director, Lumira Capital (Moderator)

Regulatory Landscape in Canada

  • Cathy Parker, Sr. Executive Director, Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate, Health Canada
  • Gerald Quirk, Practice Group Leader, Choate Hall & Stewart

What's Hot in Canadian Biotech

  • Dr. Andy Potter, Director and CEO, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)
  • Dr. Raju Kucherlapati, Harvard Medical School

Partnering Insights

  • Valeant Canada
  • Zymeworks Inc., Dr. Ali Tehrani, President & CEO
  • Xagenic Inc., Boszko, Vice President, Business Development

Networking Reception (featuring Canadian beer)

Poster presentations by early stage Canadian companies and other Canadian partners.

 Event Partners

Canada             Quebec

Rabid Bruins, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Senators, Flames, Jets, and Canucks fans are all welcome, but sticks must be checked at the door.


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