Local life science leaders to be honoured for innovative research, development and collaboration
WINNIPEG, MB–This week, the Life Science Association of Manitoba (LSAM) will award three exceptional leaders in Manitoba’s life science sector during their annual LSAM Awards Gala at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
“This year’s gala will highlight some successful, inspiring and innovative industry leaders who are making their mark locally and globally,” said Tracey Maconachie, LSAM president. “What Manitoba’s life science sector lacks in size is made up with raw talent, infectious energy and positive synergy. As the voice of life science in Manitoba, our organization has witnessed a truly collaborative effort from our members, which speaks to the fact that we’re in this together. When we grow together, we succeed together.”
The LSAM Awards Gala celebrates two Manitoban companies and one student who have pursued and produced outstanding research and development in the field of life science. Winning the Life Science Company of the Year
honors is Farmers Edge, with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy is being recognized with the Outstanding Leadership in Life Science award.
Farmers Edge was founded in 2005 by agronomists Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon who pursued the development of forward-thinking technology to improve practices in crop management. Today, these innovations help growers improve crop production, reduce waste and focus on sustainability. Farmers Edge has helped thousands of farmers across five countries, and employs over 350 specialists in precision agriculture.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) will be recognized for their innovative leadership and international recognition in the field of life science. MCHP is a research unit of over 60 researchers and graduate students within the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, focused on the science behind what makes people healthy. Over 20 years ago, they began investing significant resources into linking large volumes of broad data sets. According to LSAM, their foresight from decades ago is now helping validate policy and program improvements in health delivery.
“Our research has the potential to assist and affect a wide range of health-based programs for many years to come,” says Dr. Alan Katz, MCHP director. “Through linking these broad data sets, we have the ability to collaborate with various partners locally and globally. This achievement is certainly one worth celebrating, and we’ll continue to build upon this success that shines a spotlight on quality research conducted in Manitoba.”
Finally, Scott Dyck has been named this year’s Most Promising Life Science Student. Dyck is currently completing his PhD in physiology and pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba. His goal is to become a clinician scientist, and is pursueing a career in life sciences through extensive training within Dr. Soheila Karimi’s research program. This program focuses on regenerative medicine research, seeking effective treatments for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. Dyck hopes to eventually lead his own research program in regenerative medicine, improving the quality of life for patients with neurological disorders.
The LSAM Awards Gala will take place on February 15, 2017 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: lsam.ca/events.