Biggest life sciences companies in B.C. in 2016

Ranked by number of R&D employees in 2015

Published April 26, 2016. Employee numbers were reported between December 30, 2015, and February 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. Sources: Interviews with representatives of the biotech firms below and BIV research.

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Rank '16CompanyTop executive(s)Areas of researchYear foundedNo. staff globally 2015Total staff in B.C. '15No. of R&D staff '15
1 Stemcell Technologies Inc
1618 Station St
Vancouver BC
V6A 1B6

Phone: 604-877-0713
Fax: 800-567-2899
Allen Eaves (president and CEO) Provides cell culture media, cell separation tools and accessory reagents for cell biology research, including stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, immunology and cancer research 1993 800 640 195
2 Arbutus Biopharma Corp
8900 Glenlyon Pky Suite 100
Burnaby BC
V5J 5J8

Phone: 604-419-3200
Fax: 604-419-3201
Mark Murray (president and CEO); Bruce Cousins (executive vice-president and CFO) RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics 1992 134 105
3 Kardium Inc
8518 Glenlyon Pky Suite 155
Burnaby BC
V5J 0B6

Phone: 604-248-8891
Fax: 604-304-3478
Doug Goertzen (CEO) Cardiovascular 2007 99 99 80
4 Zymeworks Inc
1385 8th Ave W Suite 540
Vancouver BC
V6H 3V9

Phone: 604-678-1388
Fax: 604-737-7077
Ali Tehrani (president and CEO) Antibody and protein therapeutics development for oncology, autoimmunity and anti-inflammation applications 2003 70 64 60
5 Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc
3650 Gilmore Way Suite 200
Burnaby BC
V5G 4W8

Phone: 604-484-3300
Fax: 604-484-3450
Simon Pimstone (president and CEO) Pain, epilepsy, dermatology 1996 83 76 55

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