Biggest life sciences companies in B.C. in 2017

Ranked by number of R&D employees in 2016

Published April 25, 2017. Sources: Interviews with representatives of the biotech firms below and BIV research. 

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Rank '17CompanyTop local executive(s)Areas of researchYear foundedNo. staff worldwide 2016Total BC staff 2016No R&D staff 2016
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 846 625 224
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 (EVP and CFO) Discovering, developing and commercializing a cure for patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection (HBV) with a pipeline consisting of multiple drug candidates with complementary mechanisms of action (Currently: RNAi, Capsid Assembly Inhibitor, Lipid Nanoparticle (LNP) technology, Future: multiple small molecule programs) 1992 122 90
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 104 95 80
4 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 100 91 70
5 Novadaq Technologies Inc
8329 Eastlake Dr Suite 101
Burnaby BC
V5A 4W2

Phone: 604-232-9861
Fax: 604-232-9841
Arthur Bailey (VP, engineering and manufacturing) Fluorescence imaging for devices used in a variety of both open-field and minimally invasive surgery 1999 100 60

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