February 2013

 Partner Project News

The Next-generation Integrated Pest Management of Honey Bees Website

Drs. Leonard Foster and Stephen Pernal’s The Next-generation Integrated Pest Management of Honey Bees (also known as the Bee IPM) project now has a website! Explore the significance of honey bees to the agriculture industry and how the research team aims to reverse colony loses using genomics at http://www.chibi.ubc.ca/faculty/foster/beeipm/home.

BeeIPM team

Left to right: Queenie Chan, Dr. Marta Guarna and Dr. Leonard Foster

Genome BC Winter Symposium 2013

Thank you to Genome BC for hosting the Winter Symposium on January 22nd, 2013. There were lots of exciting and interesting presentations and discussions. Here are some videos from members of our partner projects.

Nicolas Feau from the Genomics-Based Forest Health Diagnostics and Monitoring (TAIGA) project.

Dr. Judy Isaac-Renton from the Applied Metagenomics of a Watershed Microbiome project.

Do you have any news on your research project that you’d like to share?

Please let us know so we can feature it in our upcoming newsletters!

 Steering Committee

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC held our first Steering Committee meeting in January.

Our Steering Committee members, Jörg Bohlmann, Shawn Mansfield, Allan Carroll and Angus Livingstone, were joined by Gabe Kalmar and Anikó Takacs-Cox from Genome BC, and new member Roger Foxall. Roger is the CEO of Life Sciences Strategies, a private consulting firm and founding president and former CEO of Genome BC.

We appreciate the expertise these members bring and their thoughtful guidance as the g.e@UBC program looks to accelerate its activities in Year 2.

Three new educational modules are currently under development for Year 2:

  • Moving Beyond Commercialization
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Valuation of Project Benefits

In the coming weeks, the g.e@ubc team will be connecting with partner projects as part of an ongoing consultation process. We want to hear from you to ensure that we can better tailor our educational offerings to the specific priorities and translation challenges of project teams. We are also collaborating with e@ubc in entrepreneurial education activities customized for genomics projects in the natural resource sector.

Stay tuned for more information and announcements about upcoming activities.


Margaret Morales, Video Intern

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC is pleased to welcome our newest intern, Margaret Morales.

Margaret completed her Masters of Arts in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at UBC last fall, under the supervision of Dr. Gunilla Öberg and Dr. Leila Harris. Prior to that, she studied Documentary Film and Video at Duke University in Durham, NC. She has extensive experience filming documentaries on water-related issues from Argentina and Peru, to Guatemala, to Vancouver.

Margaret will be working with Steven Breckon, our video intern for last summer, as a part of the creative team this spring. Margaret’s work will include creating short video clips that help make the research work of the partner projects accessible to broad audiences.  Her first project will be partnering with the Applied Metagenomics of a Watershed Microbiome project to create a video teaser for World Water Day on March 22nd, 2013. Stay tuned for an exciting video!

Internship Program

Do you know a student in any discipline who would like to do an internship with one of our partner projects, or have an opening for an intern on your team?

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC will provide funding for internships of four months full-time or the equivalent part-time hours. Interns may receive training opportunities from genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC and mentorship from our Knowledge Network members. For more information on our Internship Program, please visit the Internships page or contact us.

 Upcoming Events


Presented by genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC

Interacting with the Media Workshop

March 14th, 2013

As part of our Communications Education module, genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC presented the Introduction to Interacting with the Media workshop with UBC Public Affairs’ Brian Lin and Heather Amos on January 30th, 2013. Participants learned how to engage their audience, simple tools of the trade, what not to do, and much more.

Due to the success of this introductory workshop and requests for more interaction and hands-on application, genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC will be presenting an in-depth follow-up session with Brian and Heather on Thursday, March 14, 2013. For more information or to register for the workshop, please visit the Interacting with the Media page.

Brian recently gave a presentation on how to communicate your research through stories at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston. As a preview to the next workshop, have a look at the “What’s Your Story?” post featured on Nature.com this week. It gives a nice recap of Brian’s presentation, including a “five step help test” for finding your story. You can also follow the discussions on Twitter using the hashtags #scicommsecrets and #AAASmtg.

More Workshops

In addition to the workshops hosted by genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC, we will keep you posted on events of interest on the genomics/entrepreneurship front offered by UBC, Mitacs and other organizations.

Art, Science, and Practice of Positive Networking

February 25th, 2013

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one? Join Mitacs Step to experience firsthand the power of positive networking. From academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed! Register at the Mitacs Step website.

Dr. Mischa Dohler

March 7th, 2013

Dr. Mischa Dohler, Director of Research at CTTC, Barcelona, is an entrepreneur who has successfully built a $20-million Euro business. He will be coming to UBC to give a plenary talk in the annual ICICS/ECE/IEEE Workshop on Future Communications and Multimedia Systems. More details to be announced on entrepreneurship.ubc.ca soon.

Propelling Social Ventures Conference

March 14th to 15th, 2013

The first annual Propelling Social Venture, presented by the CCS Innovation Hub of the ISIS Research Center at the Sauder School of Business, brings social entrepreneurs, the business community and social innovators together to explore how various stakeholders can contribute to more social venture activity. Students, stakeholders, government and policy makers, and others are all welcome to attend. Register at this location.

Investor Ready Workshop

March 19th, 2013

Are you a first-time entrepreneurship wanting to learn more about raising early stage capital and understanding what investors look for in a high growth company? If so, then entrepreneurship@UBC invites you to the Investor Ready Workshop, delivered by Bob Chaworth-Musters from the Angel Forum. This workshop is targeted at first time entrepreneurs who have a business or technology background, a working knowledge of business finance, a commitment to high growth strategy and have not already attended a full-day “investor ready” type workshop or boot camp. For more information, visit the entrepreneurship@UBC website.

You can view all upcoming events on our Events calendar.

 Top Tweets

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