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Capacity-building Webinars

Ongoing 

Up-coming webinars

17 November 2021

15 December 2021

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Resources (slides in PDF, video recordings) are available for most past capacity building webinars.

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Resumes That Work

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 am (PST) | 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

You have a resume, but you’re uncertain if it’s giving you the competitive edge that you need to shine above others. In today’s highly competitive job market, it’s critical that all the components of your job search toolkit be compelling.

This webinar will teach you how to critically assess your resume and job application against job postings and how to bring out new, practical stories from career experience to demonstrate that you meet or exceed the position’s requirements.

The webinar will explore:

  • Introducing yourself with confidence and promoting your personal brand with a clear and consistent message.
  • Highlighting key competencies and tailoring your resume to specific job postings.
  • Drafting your cover letter & resume for style, content and keywords.
  • Strategies to help you get “screened in” to the interview stage.

Jennifer Facchin

Certified Career Transition Coach

Jennifer has an extensive background in HR, recruitment, leadership development, employee engagement, OD projects, training and facilitation, business development management, and corporate store management.

A change catalyst, she has spent over 15 years supporting teams in the private sector, while leveraging and maximizing human talent toward effecting culture change and profitable growth.

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Networking Your Way to a Better Career

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 am (PST) | 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Remember when you could walk into an employer’s office, hand in your resume and speak to the hiring manager in person? We have long been living in a virtual environment and our reliance on technology to support our job searches will only continue to increase.

While unadvertised vacancies, i.e. the “hidden job market”, aren’t as common as they once were, good networking practices continue to be critical to maximizing the number and quality of opportunities that we discover and exploit.

The webinar will explore:

  • Understanding Why, How and When to network strategically.
  • How to best use practical networking tools including: LinkedIn, social media,
    conferences, symposia or other events.
  • Determining your unique value proposition and making your personal brand work.
  • Building your own personal “board of directors:” how to ask great questions and
    approach possible mentors.

Jennifer Facchin

Certified Career Transition Coach

Jennifer has an extensive background in HR, recruitment, leadership development, employee engagement, OD projects, training and facilitation, business development management, and corporate store management.

A change catalyst, she has spent over 15 years supporting teams in the private sector, while leveraging and maximizing human talent toward effecting culture change and profitable growth.

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Mastering Interviewing

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 am (PST) | 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Whether you have an upcoming interview or not, it’s important you master the art of
interviewing, especially in a predominantly virtual environment.

How do you ensure that your experience, education, and talents are properly presented during an interview? This webinar will walk through anticipating questions, preparing your success stories, deciphering what the employer is looking for, and making sure the role is a good fit for you.

The webinar will explore:

  • Presenting yourself professionally and competently in an increasingly technical and virtual market to showcase your key qualifications.
  • Before (preparation), During (action) and After (strategic follow-up).
  • Explore STAR principles and how to practically apply these to any interview format: one-to-one, panel, or recorded; in person or virtual.
  • How to articulate your value proposition for greatest impact.
  • Strategies to beat anxiety and recover quickly from mistakes.

Jennifer Facchin

Certified Career Transition Coach

Jennifer has an extensive background in HR, recruitment, leadership development, employee engagement, OD projects, training and facilitation, business development management, and corporate store management.

A change catalyst, she has spent over 15 years supporting teams in the private sector, while leveraging and maximizing human talent toward effecting culture change and profitable growth.

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PAST WEBINARS

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Creating Your Narrative
from Invention to Impact

Business Models for NanoMedicine Researchers

A series of online NMIN capacity-building webinars

Powered by the Invention to Innovation program (i2I) and the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship

Business Models are more than a technical requirement for startups: they present an opportunity to craft a compelling, comprehensive narrative of how to make your vision for impact a reality.

This three-part series, hosted by the Invention 2 Innovation (i2I) program at Simon Fraser University (SFU), will share tools and insights for creating science-based business models that enable researchers to translate their scientific results into real-world impacts.

The three sessions detailed below build upon each other toward cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset among participants and imparting skills to help students, researchers and labs to secure funding or employment and/or to commercialize their innovations.

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Session 1: Intro to Business Models
What they are and why scientists need them, too!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

9:00 – 10:00 am (PST) | 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST)

Speaker: Dr. Jon Thomas, Director, Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of the Fraser Valley

Dr. Jon Thomas is the Director of the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of the Fraser Valley. He holds the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Partnership Development at UFV and is an Associate Professor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, UFV. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

Dr. Thomas has guided scientists and engineers commercializing their inventions for social impact for many years. He teaches in the Invention to Innovation (i2I) program at Beedie and has taught Managing Technological Innovation in the SFU Management of Technology (MOT) MBA program.

Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management & Strategy from IIT Delhi and has been a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow examining innovation in the nanobiotechnology industry sponsored by SFU and CDRD Ventures Inc. His research has been published in Nature Nanotechnology, Technovation, Journal of Engineering & Technology Management, and the Journal of Cleaner Production, among others. He is regularly invited to speak on innovation and entrepreneurship topics and is keenly interested in the pre-formation and early post-formation stages of venture emergence, particularly from university settings.

Session 2: Science-based business models
Why science-based business models are different (and powerful)

Thursday, July 22, 2021

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (PST) | 2:30 – 3:30 pm (EST)

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Lubik, Executive Director, Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship; Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Sarah Lubik is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, researcher and intrapreneur. She is the Executive Director of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s first Director of Entrepreneurship. She is on the board of organizations that span the continuum of innovation from educational charities PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs and YELL, as well as New Ventures BC and the I-INC Foundation which supports a national network of entrepreneurial universities.

She has experience coordinating pan-European startup support programs focusing on key areas such as coaching, funding and clusters, is a certified expert business coach and was the co-founder of a high-tech startup: Lungfish Dive Systems. Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada in 2016 and 2018.

Sarah holds a BBA (honours) from SFU, and a masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge focusing on the commercialization of university technologies. Her work has been featured in journals such as Long Range Planning, R&D Management and Innovation Management: Policy and Practice. She teaches Business Models for Science-based Innovation in SFU’s invention to Innovation (i2I) program.

Session 3: i2I alumni panel

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

10:30 – 11:30 am (PST) | 1:30 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Speakers: i2I alumni

This panel of alumni of the i2I program who work in fields related to nanomedicine discuss how the same tools and insights shared in this webinar series have helped them to advance their careers and to create impact from their research.

Eric Cheng is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at UBC working on developing novel single cell technologies for enabling next generation genomic sequencing applications. He was a former Senior Scientist at Scienion AG where he invented the CellenOne, a single cell printer currently in use globally. Eric is passionate about brining cutting edge techniques in microfluidics and machine learning to solve challenging life science problems.

Dr. Viridiana Perez is a multidisciplinary scientist and entrepreneur. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Pharmaceutical Biology, a PhD in Chemistry from Laval University, and a Certificate in Science &Technology Commercialization (i2I) from SFU Beedie School of Business.

Viridiana is also the CEO and CO-Founder of NANOSentinel, a Canadian-based, women-owned science and technology startup. Viridiana’s startup has been recognized at the national scale as one of the top 3 technology solutions at Coopérathon 2020 Open Innovation Challenge. The company was also awarded 1stplace for its business plan at the Apex competition hosted by the University of New Brunswick in 2021. Her startup focuses on commercializing portable instrumentation to protect workers from exposure to toxic metal nanomaterials, a risk often overlooked in various industries.

Dr. Nabil Shalabi is the founder of NANEXE – a venture that operates at the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine to solve problems that impact health and patient quality of life. Currently, Nabil is building a wireless pressure sensor enabling a new “Smart” Ureteral Stent for early detection of kidney stones. Previously, he built zero-power nano-switches for the Internet of Things and force sensors that measure single proteins interact during muscle contraction.

Nabil has two Postdoctoral Associate positions in nanotechnology from Cornell and UBC, a PhD from McGill, and is a recent i2I Alumni of SFU.

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Preparing Clear-language Research Summaries

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (PST) | 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video | Clear-language writing Checklist

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Every scientist should be able to explain to non-specialists what they are doing in their research, why, and how.

A clear-language (“lay”) summary of your research is an important knowledge translation tool that expands the audience for your work and allows it to have an impact beyond academia.

In this webinar, Kim Wright presents practical tips and tricks for clear-language writing; outlines the sections and key content of an effective lay summary; differentiates between scientific and lay writing models; and helps you “tell the story” of your research to the general public.

Kim Wright, AllerGen Inc.

Kim Wright is Director, Communications and Knowledge Mobilization for AllerGen Inc. (a former Networks of Centres of Excellence, 2004-2020). Kim is responsible for external and internal communications materials and knowledge mobilization activities for this national research network specializing in asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis.

Kim has a B.Sc. and a degree in Professional Writing & Communications. After a career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, she became a freelance science writer and joined AllerGen in 2013.

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Top Ten TED Talk Tips

SMRTS Capacity-building Webinar

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (PST) | 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

In this webinar, Leah Graystone NMIN’s HQP and Events Coordinator, will explain why TED Talks are so inspiring and impactful, and offer tips on how to apply TED Talk principles to the presentation of complex research results.

Participants will gain insight into the nature and uses of summative and formative feedback, and into some of the skills and strategies that underpin the preparation and delivery of effective talks.

NMIN is pleased to host this capacity-building opportunity as a member of the SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program, a multi-network training initiative involving 13 national and provincial networks, aimed at delivering the best possible capacity-building opportunities for their respective trainees.

Leah Graystone, NMIN

Leah Graystone is NMIN’s HQP and Events Coordinator. Leah has been with NMIN since its inception in 2019.
 
Leah received a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Brock University and an MSc in Public Health from the University of Waterloo.
 
Prior to her work with NMIN, Leah was the HQP & Events Coordinator for the AllerGen (Allergy, Genes and the Environment) Network (2017-19) and served on the Executive Committee of AllerGen’s HQP Network (2015-17).

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Best practices in IP management:

Introducing NMIN’s Step-by-Step Guide

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

10:30 – 11:30 am (PST) | 1:30 – 2:30 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Intellectual property (IP) management can be daunting, even for seasoned professionals. In this webinar, patent agent Wendy Lamson will guide you through the processes of: deciding if you are in a position to pursue a patent for your IP; determining if you have freedom to operate; and filing a patent—three fundamental components of IP management.

On the way, she will unveil three new interactive online tools developed for the NMIN website that greatly simplify IP management, which is often fraught with legal complexity—distilling it into easy-to-follow, step-by-step processes.

The first tool leads you through a series of questions in the form of a “decision tree” to help you decide whether or not to patent an invention. The second helps you assess the risk that your invention might infringe others’ patents, also known as “freedom-to-operate risk.” The third provides an interactive timeline covering each stage of the patenting process, from filing to expiry. 

This webinar and the tools it introduces will help those new to IP get a leg up in carving out a niche for themselves in crowded patent landscapes, and will help those with more experience in IP management to hone their existing skills.

Wendy Lamson
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall

Wendy Lamson is Partner and Patent Agent at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall. She has over 20 years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Most of her career has been devoted to developing broad and defendable patent portfolios for her clients.

Wendy successfully developed and defended a patent portfolio for a 300-employee Ottawa-based biotech company, growing their portfolio from less than 10 patent applications to over 300 patent applications world-wide. Earlier in her career, she was instrumental in developing a patent portfolio directed to lipid-based formulations for Celator Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

She now counsels start-ups and mid-size companies on best practices for optimizing protection of their intellectual property and reducing their IP risk exposure.

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2021 NMIN Communication Skills Development Workshop Series

Connect and Communicate
with Confidence (C3)

A series of online NMIN capacity-building workshops

NMIN’s C3 workshop series supports the develop of advanced communication skills among NMIN participants, regardless of their present level of ability. The C3 workshop series provides:
  • tools and tips for delivering more effective, compelling presentations;
  • graphic design techniques and resources to increase the impact of visual tools; and
  • an enhanced leadership and mentoring skill set.

Session 1:

INTRODUCTION & Top Ten TED Talk Tips

Thursday, January 28, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

This session assesses why TED Talks are so inspiring and impactful, and offers tips on how to apply TED Talk principles to the presentation of complex research results. Host: Leah Graystone, NMIN HQP & Events Coordinator

Resources for this workshop, including a recording of the webinar, are available.

For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 2:

FIND YOUR VOICE:
Speaking with Influence & Impact

Thursday, February 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST

In this dynamic and interactive session, professional speaking coach Colleen Aynn imparts effective presentation skills, including use of voice, body language and energy to connect with an audience. Participants will gain confidence presenting in diverse settings—including academic fora, formal meetings, and social contexts.

Presenter: Colleen Aynn, On Purpose Works

Moderator: Leah Graystone, NMIN HQP & Events Coordinator

Resources for this workshop, including a recording of the webinar, are available.

For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 3:

PRESENT WITH IMPACT:
Graphic Design & PowerPoint

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Information designer, data scientist, artist and entrepreneur Julia Krolik discusses principles of graphic design and the use of colour, typography, and form to optimize the effectiveness of your presentations and other communication materials (posters, graphs, infographics, etc.). She also shares online tools, technologies, and other resources that support the creation of compelling visual materials.

Presenter: Julia Krolik, Pixels and Plans

Moderator: Leah Graystone, NMIN HQP & Events Coordinator

Resources for this workshop, including a recording of the webinar, are available.

For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 4:

Bulletproof presentation preparation strategies

Thursday, March 4, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

This session will provide a range of strategies for preparing and delivering an effective presentation, as well as tools to strengthen the preparation process, including preparation checklists and risk mitigation exercises. Participants will become familiar with common communication pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Host: Leah Graystone, NMIN HQP & Events Coordinator

Resources for this workshop, including a recording of the webinar, are available.

For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

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Recent Advancements in CRISPR Reagents

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 pm (PST) | 4:00 – 5:00 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Even with the use of high quality, synthetic gRNA and recombinant CRISPR proteins, it can still be challenging to generate mutant cell lines. This is especially true in difficult-to-transfect lines, primary cells and other specialized systems.

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) continues to innovate and develop new CRISPR reagents that help address some of the key challenges facing researchers.

In this webinar, Dr. Adam Chernick reviews new tools that: improve one’s ability to enrich for transfected cells; increase HDR rates for knock-in experiments; and provide new options for donor templates, especially for larger inserts. These new products address common stumbling blocks in most CRISPR protocols and should be beneficial to most users.

Watch the recording to learn more about these new and upcoming tools and see how they can improve your genome editing workflows.

Dr. Adam Chernick, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

Dr. Chernick completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Sciences and his PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary, Canada. His doctoral research focused on the evolution of ssRNA viruses infecting cattle and relied heavily on basic molecular biology techniques as well as more novel methods including next generation sequencing.

He started at IDT as an Inside Sales Representative and Business Analyst for Canada. Today, he is a Field Application Manager at IDT for functional genomics products including CRISPR, covering the Western US and Western Canada.

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NMIN 2020 Workshop Series

Designing Effective Commercialization Plans for Grant Proposals

A series of online NMIN Capacity-Building workshops

Resources (video recording, readings) are available to NMIN network participants for this workshop series. These resources are also available for licensing.

For a password to access these resources, or for licensing information, please contact: leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

This workshop series was designed specifically for NMIN investigators, collaborators, HQP, and Committee members to improve their ability to address commercially relevant evaluation criteria such as market size in their research planning and grant proposal writing, and to hone their skills in conducting competitive analysis. It also enables participants to understand how to design studies with endpoints relevant to potential commercial partners.

The series included four experiential workshop sessions offered over a period of seven weeks.

Participants had the opportunity to develop and receive feedback on their own research proposals and/or grant applications. This workshop aimed to optimize their skills in project design, grant writing, and attracting industry collaboration and investment. For NMIN PIs in particular, the workshop learnings will increase their chances for securing and leveraging additional resources for current NMIN projects as well as future NMIN calls for research proposals.

These workshops offer participants the skills to:

  • convincingly demonstrate the commercialization potential of their research;
  • clearly communicate market opportunities;
  • identify clinically relevant treatment goals; and
  • design pre-clinical experiments that will de-risk development and attract commercial partners.

In addition to leading the workshop sessions, Christine Charette made herself available to registrants for one-on-one consultations on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Christine Charette, Scientia Advisors Inc.

Christine Charette is an accomplished life sciences executive with over 25 years of investment, advisory, business development, capital markets, strategic planning and analysis, and marketing experience. She is an expert in translating scientific data into market potential and company strategy.     

As Managing Partner and Founder of Scientia Advisors and Investments, she advised and facilitated fund raising for emerging life sciences companies. She founded the life science group at BMO Capital Markets, where she was the Managing Director of the Biotech/Pharmaceutical research group for 16 years, helping raise over $3 billion for life science companies.

She is multiple award winner, and was awarded the rare designation of “super-analyst” in recognition of her high regard by both investors and life science company management.

Christine is a founding member of NMIN’s Board of Directors and is the designated Board Observer on the NMIN Research Management Committee.

Resources from these workshops (video recordings, the presenter’s slides, reading material) are available to NMIN participants and for licensing to others.

For a password to access these resources, or for licensing information, please contact: leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 1

DEVELOPING A TARGET PRODUCT PROFILE (TPP)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

60-minute workshop, 30-minute discussion (optional)

Following this workshop, participants will have the resources and tools needed to assess current and potential future standard of care and determine the attributes needed for a new product to be competitive within that context. Following the workshop, participants will be able to design a commercially relevant TPP.

A recording of this workshop is available. For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 2

DESIGNING A PROOF OF CONCEPT (POC) STUDY

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

60-minute workshop, 30-minute discussion (optional)

Participants will learn how to use the TPP discussed in the first workshop to “work backwards” and determine what POC experiment will be needed to convince potential commercial partners that their new product will be competitive. They will learn the elements needed to design an appropriate go/no go experiment based on elements of a TPP and what data is needed to validate an idea.

A recording of this workshop is available. For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 3

ASSESSING MARKET SIZE

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

60-minute workshop, 30-minute discussion (optional)

The lung cancer market may be a $10 billion market, but a new product will not necessarily achieve those sales levels. Credibility with potential investors will go a long way if your market assessment is reasonable and you have a well-articulated value proposition. This workshop will provide participants with resources and help them to critically assess achievable potential sales based on the TPP and competitive positioning.

A recording of this workshop is available. For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

Session 4

ASSESSING PARTICIPANT PROJECTS AND Q&A

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

60-minute workshop, 30-minute discussion (optional)

The final session will involve participants assessing written projects presented by fellow investigators following the three previous workshops with input from Scientia Advisors, followed by a Q&A “ask me anything” session. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to bring learnings from across the series together and improve their ability to articulate the commercial relevance of their projects.

A recording of this workshop is available. For access, please contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

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rhAmpSeq™ CRISPR: Multiplexed Amplicon Sequencing & Analysis

NMIN Capacity-building Webinar

Monday, November 16, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm (PST) | 4:00 – 5:00 pm (EST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

CRISPR-Cas9 allows for the rapid and specific editing of genomic DNA but sequencing and quantifying those edits can be challenging and time consuming. There is also a risk of off-target editing that can have undefined consequences. Utilizing robust guide design tools, delivering ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes instead of plasmids and the use of high fidelity Cas9 enzymes can reduce this risk it is still important to check for off-target edits.

In this seminar, organized with Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), Dr. Adam Chernick presented rhAmpSeq™ for CRISPR as a tool for generating NGS-ready libraries targeting both on- and off-target sites in a genome. This tool can be coupled to an upcoming analysis pipeline to robustly analyze the resulting NGS data to determine the sequence and frequency of edits at these sites.

Watch the recording below to learn more about best practices for characterizing on- and off-target editing in your CRISPR experiments.

Adam Chernick, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

Adam Chernick completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Sciences and his PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary, Canada. His doctoral research focused on the evolution of ssRNA viruses infecting cattle and relied heavily on basic molecular biology techniques as well as more novel methods including next generation sequencing.

He started at IDT as an Inside Sales Representative and Business Analyst for Canada. Today, he is a Field Application Manager at IDT for functional genomics products including CRISPR, covering the Western US and Western Canada.

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Mitacs Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

An NMIN Capacity-Building HQP webinar

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 pm (EDT) | 10:30 – 11:30 am (PDT)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

NMIN-Mitacs Internships enable an internship opportunity for NMIN HQP who wish to work with non-academic partner organizations on research projects that involve nanomedicine. Through partnership with Mitacs, 430 internship units (valued at approximately $6.5 Million) have been made available for NMIN HQP.

In the Mitacs Internship and Fellowship Opportunities webinar, Dr. Sherry Zhao discussed to the Mitacs Accelerate Program and the Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship program, and how NMIN HQP can access and benefit from these opportunities.

The Mitacs Accelerate Program provides paid internships for graduate students and trainees at industry partner organizations. This program supports trainees and graduate students to apply their skills in non-academic environments, broaden professional networks, and build their CVs.

Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component. Elevate fellows progress through the program in a cohort, giving them cross-disciplinary networking and peer-learning opportunities they might not otherwise have access to in their careers.

Sherry Zhao, Mitacs

Dr. Sherry Zhao, PhD, joined the Mitacs Business Development team in 2014. As the Senior Account Manager, she works with major industry partners to support their innovation pipeline.

A first-generation immigrant, she believes in the power of diversity and globalization. She serves on the UBC China Council, & as a steering committee member for NEXT leaders initiative at Business Council of British Columbia. She also has a strong passion for lifestyle wellness, particularly in educating and empowering women in such endeavors.

Dr. Zhao previously worked at Genentech, a member of Roche, supporting the technology development for biopharmaceutical characterizations. She also led the largest site in Canada for Let’s Talk Science, a national STEM outreach organization, as the Executive Coordinator

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Navigating Intellectual Property (IP) Risk

An NMIN Capacity-Building HQP webinar

Thursday, June 25, 2020

3:00 – 4:30 pm (EST) | 12:00 – 1:30 pm (PST)

Resources are available for this webinar:

Slides | Video

Note: The slides are provided as a PDF with links from each slide to the corresponding section of the video recording.

Have a great idea for a life sciences start-up?

Have you checked if there are any blocking patents?  Have you checked to see if someone already has rights to your planned brand?

If your answer is “no,” you are not alone.  In fact, few scientists launching life sciences start-ups have the knowledge or the tools to effectively manage and navigate intellectual property (IP) risk.  Rarely are these skills taught as part of university science curricula. 

In this webinar, patent/IP and trademark experts Wendy Lamson and Coleen Morrison distilled this topic down to an easy-to-understand synthesis and provided practical tips and tricks on how to manage IP risk throughout product development to mitigate future infringement. 

Participants left the webinar equipped with practical solutions that they can implement in their organizations now, or in future start-ups.

Wendy Lamson is Partner and Patent Agent at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall. She has over 20 years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Most of her career has been devoted to developing broad and defendable patent portfolios for her clients. Wendy successfully developed and defended a patent portfolio for a 300-employee Ottawa-based biotech company, growing their portfolio from less than 10 patent applications to over 300 patent applications world-wide. Earlier in her career, she was instrumental in developing a patent portfolio directed to lipid-based formulations for Celator Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals. She now counsels start-ups and mid-size companies on best practices for optimizing protection of their intellectual property and reducing their IP risk exposure.

Coleen Morrison is Partner, Barrister & Solicitor Trademark Attorney, at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall. She has over 20 years of experience representing clients spanning all areas of trademark practice, along with other areas of IP such as copyright, industrial designs and domain names.

Coleen has filed and prosecuted more than 5000 trademark applications in Canada and has been involved in well over 1000 trademark Oppositions. She also has extensive experience providing strategic advice to Canadian small and medium enterprises wishing to protect their IP in Canada and around the world.

Coleen is the current President of the Canadian Association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the President of FICPI’s Work and Study Commission (CET). She is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and vice-Chair of this organization’s Trademark group.

Registration to this event is free, but required. Upon registering, you will receive information by email about how to join the webinar. This event is intended mainly to benefit members of NMIN’s HQP program, but all are welcome.

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Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

An NMIN Capacity-Building HQP webinar

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

This webinar is designed to introduce STEM graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to some of the frameworks and skills required to commercialize their inventions.

Dr. Elicia Maine, a specialist in technological innovation and science entrepreneurship, will discuss the challenges involved in pursuing science-based business ventures and translating university inventions into innovation. 

Dr. Maine will outline three potential paths by which to take breakthrough inventions from lab to market, and offer insights into the entrepreneurial capabilities that can be employed before a science-based venture is even founded to enhance the likelihood of success.

The event will also provide an introduction to the Invention to Innovation (i2I) entrepreneurship program, a program at Simon Fraser University that helps scientists and engineers commercialize their inventions and overcome marketplace challenges. In a panel discussion, i2I alumni will discuss the value they derived from the program and their experiences in applying these learnings to the real world of scientific entrepreneurialism.


Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches  “Managing Technological Innovation” and “Lab to Market.”  She is also Academic Director of SFU’s Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program. Her research interests are in technological innovation and science & technology entrepreneurship.

Dr. Maine was the founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, was awarded the 2017 TD/Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award, and was recognized as one of BC’s Most Influential Women 2018: STEM Stars. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, the Composites Knowledge Network and Innovate BC’s New Ventures BC, and is actively involved in innovation initiatives and in mentoring scientist-entrepreneurs.

An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, she holds a PhD in Technology Management & Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge, Master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University. Dr. Maine has published her innovation management research in Research Policy, R&D Management, Research-Technology Management, Technovation, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials.

Invention to Innovation (i2I) Alumni Panel

Jayesh Kulkarni, PhD.

Scientist, Evonik

Jayesh “Jay" Kulkarni is currently a Scientist at Evonik Canada Inc. focused on the development of lipid nanoparticles for gene therapy. He completed his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UBC in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Pieter Cullis; his work focused on the characterization of lipid nanoparticle formulations of nucleic acid. Jay was part of the 2018 cohort of students in the i2I program which helped him convert a basic scientific finding into an innovative approach to enabling nucleic acid delivery. He has co-founded a company developing gene editing therapeutics for neurological diseases.

Ada Leung, PhD.

Director of Operations & Co-Founder, Cuprous Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr. Ada Leung completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia (BC Cancer) where she focused on identifying novel genes and proteins that could be targeted to improve chemotherapy treatment outcomes for lung cancer. During her PhD, Dr. Leung undertook a side project which contributed to the development of the Metaplex technology and the founding of Cuprous Pharmaceuticals. As a scientist-entrepreneur, Dr. Leung manages Cuprous’ research programs and business operations and actively participates in entrepreneurship training through UBC Hatch and SFU Beedie School of Business. She recently enrolled in the first online cohort of the SFU/Mitacs joint Invention to Innovation (i2I) program.

Bahar Motlagh, PhD.

Manager, Device Development Lab (DDL), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Bahar Motlagh has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal with focus on design and fabrication of micro/nano size medical devices. She worked as an entrepreneur/ project leader in TandemLaunch Inc. in Montreal before taking part in the i2I program at SFU. She was the First Place Finisher in the emergent/social venture category in the 2017 Venture Pitch Competition at SFU Beedie School of Business. She is now working in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as a manager of Device Development Lab(DDL).

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