Canada At BIO 2021

Thank you to the Canada Global Marketplace pavilion partners

adMare BioInnovations   AmorChem 
Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation   Atlantic Canada Bioindustries 
Avantor delivered by VWR  BioAlberta 
Biosciences Association Manitoba   BioTalent Canada  
Calgary Economic Development   Canada’s Trade Commissioner  
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)  CQDM 
Genome Canada  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 
Invest in Canada  IQVIA Biotech  
IRICoR  Life Sciences BC 
Life Sciences Ontario  Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) 
Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners   Wilson Sonsini 

BIOTECanada along with the provincial Accord members, the Government of Canada and the Quebec provincial government offered Canadian programming before and during BIO Digital.  

When BIO International Convention is held in-person the Canadian pavilion is a home away from home, this year with BIO being held virtually we wanted to provide a home for Canadian content, a place to showcase our industry and our collaboration with government. 

Canadian companies and technologies have rightly attracted significant global attention. In this context, the BIO convention platform presents an important and timely opportunity to showcase Canadian companies, innovation and talent. 

Planning is already underway for BIO International Convention, June 13-16, 2022, in San Diego. If interested in participating, please contact Shaely Williams.   

showcasing canadian biotechnology innovation

A time to celebrate the remarkable scientific achievement for which the global biotech industry, the scientific community and regulators should be recognized. Incredible accomplishment of developing vaccines and therapies in extreme circumstances.  

The discussion looked forward towards the potential of the role the industry is playing during the economic rebuild in keeping Canada at the forefront of the world of biotech discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  

Opening chat between Minister Champagne and Andrew Casey.  

Panel discussion followed, featuring:  

Dr. Trina Racine, Associate Director, Vaccine Development, VIDO 
Dr. Thomas Madden, President and CEO, Acuitas Therapeutics 
Adam Buckley, Senior Vice President Business Development, VBI Vaccines Inc 

canada cafÉ

BIOTECanada in partnership with the Government of Canada presented the Canada Café featuring presentations by Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service. This was an opportunity to enhance Canadian companies’ level of knowledge and understanding of the European, North American, and Asian markets followed by a chance to network with Trade Commissioners. 

Bio+ech Connec+ featuring Biogen

Bio+ech Connec+ is a unique forum for early-stage Canadian biotech companies to connect directly with the business development and investment leaders of multinational pharma/biotech companies. This virtual forum included a plenary session led by senior Biogen representatives who provided an overview of the company, its R&D priorities including its pipeline and corresponding investment priorities for the period ahead. Biogen representatives then engaged in a question and answer session. 

coast to coast competition

BIOTECanada, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati presented the annual competition. Five companies from across Canada presented to a judging panel of key life science investors. The prize is a coveted presentation spot at BIOTECanada’s Investor Summit held in Whistler March 2022. There was also a unique presentation from Caroline Huang, the 2021 National Champion from Sanofi Biogenius Canada showcasing her award-winning project. 

Presenting companies:

Axolotl Biosciences (BC) 
Cytophage (MB) 
CSTS Healthcare (ON) 
Modelis (QC) 
Soricimed (NB) 

Judging panel: 

Lee Johnson, WSGR  
Florence Rozen, Le Fonds de Solidarité FTQ   
Parimal Nathwani, TIAP  
Elizabeth DouvilleAmorChem  
Cédric BissonTeralys Capital 

BC Showcase for bio digital

Life Sciences BC held an event that showcased the amazing innovation taking place in BC. Attendees were BIO Digital attendees from around the world interested in hearing from BC companies.

Opening Remarks
Hon. Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Government of British Columbia

Showcasing Companies
Virogin Biotech
NervGen Pharma
Chinook Therapeutics
Microbion Pharma Corp.
Bold Therapeutics
XCO Tech Inc.
Fusion Genomics
Silicon Valley Bank

alberta life sciences showcase at bio digital

BioAlberta hosted live pitches and virtual networking showcasing the best of what Alberta companies have to offer.

Hon. Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation followed by a special presentation by Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology featuring Dr. Michael Houghton and Dr. Lorne Tyrrell. 

Presenting Companies: 

Pacylex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Entos Pharmaceuticals



48Hour Discovery

Northern RNA

Providence Therapeutics Inc.

Keynote and Li Ka Shing

Presenting Companies – Part 1

Presenting Companies – Part 2