Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Innovation Symposium

Symposium information

Event Information

Date: June 28, 2023 | 10:30 am to 5:00 pm (ET)

Location: Virtual - all participants who have registered should have received a personalized, unique link to the event in an email. If you have any issues accessing the link or the event, please contact ISED at

*NEW* Final Programme

*Registration is now closed.

What is the Innovation Symposium?

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Innovation Symposium organized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), in collaboration with Health Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and other partners in the Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy. The event aims to bring together leaders and participants in the life sciences and biomanufacturing ecosystem in Canada. This will be an exciting opportunity for those working in the sector to connect, exchange information and ideas, discuss topics of mutual interest, collaborate, and explore potential partnerships within the Canadian life sciences and biomanufacturing ecosystem.

Attendees will have the chance to engage in discussions and highlight the innovative work they are carrying out in Canada. In particular, the symposium will feature panel sessions with information on Canada's Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy, federal and federally funded resources, and the newly announced research hubs under the Canada Biomedical Research Fund and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (CBRF-BRIF). The symposium will also provide industry representatives with an opportunity to discuss their ongoing work, innovative technologies and capacity expansions in Canada.

Agenda highlights

  • Meet the Council of Expert Advisors
  • Exploring federal and federally funded resources
  • Industry innovation: Advancing next generation technologies for health emergency preparedness & building a resilient pharmaceutical supply chain in Canada
  • The CBRF-BRIF Research Hubs: Program and priorities overview

Confirmed panelists and moderators include:

  • Andrew Casey, President & CEO, BIOTECanada
  • Dr. Joanne M Langley, Co-Chair of the Council of Expert Advisors; Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine; Division Head, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, IWK Health Care Centre
  • Mark Lievonen, Member of the Council of Expert Advisors; Principal, JML Advisory Services and former President, Sanofi Pasteur Limited
  • Dr. David Llewellyn, Chief Commercial Officer, STEMCELL
  • Jumai Abioye, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Northern RNA 
  • Penny Walsh-McGuire, Executive Director, Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL)
  • Lakshmi Krishnan, Vice President of Life Sciences, National Research Council (NRC)
  • Rahbar Rahimpour, Head of R&D Partnerships, Moderna
  • Kate Winchester, Head of Influenza and Pandemic Program, Sanofi Pasteur Limited
  • Tiffany Chiu, Vice President, Communications, AbCellera
  • Representatives from each of the CBRF-BRIF Research Hubs

About the Facilitator

The event will be facilitated by Luc Lainé from Innovation Seven. Mr Lainé, B.A., is a member of the Huron Wendat Nation and former Delegated Chief within the Council of his First Nation. For the last 30 years, he has carried out his professional activities across the country within many Canadian and Indigenous organizations as well as in the private sector.