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Leading experts from science sector meet with industry leaders at Biomed connect event

May 24, 2018
By Elisabeth Faure

Concordia science experts and idustry leaders at May 17 event Concordia science experts and industry leaders at May 17 event

The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) brought together some of its leading experts from the science sector for a recent event at Loyola campus.

Biomed Connect: An academia-industry networking event, held May 17 at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, featured top researchers from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, who mingled with representatives from over 20  industry companies and organisations.

“I personally found the event very inspirational,” said Alisa Piekny, an Associate Professor of Biology. “It was great to have the opportunity to interact with reps from the private sector, and to expose them to some of the different areas of exciting health-relevant research that is being done by biomedical researchers in FAS.”

Piekny's research focuses on cell physiology and advanced cell biology Piekny's research focuses on cell physiology and advanced cell biology

Another very helpful part of the event was an introduction to the different types of funding opportunities and research networks in Quebec, and Canada that support health research with the potential for commercialization.  

In addition to mini-presentations from the researchers, guests were treated to a science-themed art exhibition curated by Vanier Scholar Darian Stahl. Exhibits included photography and large-scale installations.

“I have never been in a room filled with such knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm,” said Steve Shih, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “I gained numerous contacts from industry and initiated a few collaborations with some professors.  I am excited to see what is in store for the next event.”

The event featured opening remarks from both FAS Dean André Roy and Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies Christophe Guy.

Participants seemed keen to repeat the experience in the future.

“I think having events like this is important to help get Concordia FAS 'on the radar' of the health research community - both public and private, and I hope we will have more in the future,” Piekny said.

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