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Discovery to Commercialization

The Discovery to Commercialization (D2C) event series, which was organized in partnership between UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), hosted conversations that connected people, ideas, and opportunities that advanced life sciences research and innovation. Over the span of two years, the series successfully linked the academic and industry communities and enabled opportunities for faculty and industry partners to foster new relationships within the life sciences community.

The event series is now concluded, but recordings from previous events are available below.

Past Events

Previous commercialization events with recordings

D2C Speaker Series

The D2C Speaker Series presented virtual sessions that shared key insights about the commercialization process and entrepreneurial ventures from experienced faculty and industry partners. The sessions aimed to educate and inspire attendees about the local companies in our community. 

The team behind establishing and executing the D2C speaker series was awarded the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Staff Award for Creativity and Innovation. Read more about this instrumental team’s story in developing the series through VCHRI’s announcement here.

Full recordings of all our past D2C sessions are available below. Recordings can also be found through VCHRI’s YouTube channel here.


  • Precision Drug Design: Unlocking a new era in therapeutics discovery (New!)
    Date:  April 13, 2022
    Featuring: Dr. Artem Cherkasov, Nancy Harrison, Dr. Lana Janes, Handol Kim, Dr. Robin Sherrington
    View: Program |Recording
  • Funding and resources to get your discovery started in 2022
    Date: January 26, 2022
    Featuring: Eric Atkinson, Pat Brady, Sean Lumb, Arushi Raina, and Sherry Zhao
    View: Program | Recording


  • Insights from Investors: Taking a Good Pitch and Making it Great
    Date: September 22, 2021
    Featuring: Jerel Davis, Paul Geyer, Brenda Irwin, David Main, and Allyson Tighe
    View: Program | Recording
  • Women entrepreneurs paving the way in the B.C. biotech sector
    Date: May 27, 2021
    Featuring: Norma Biln, Natalie Dakers, Kathryn Hayashi, Dr. Barbara Kinnaird, Dr. Julia Levy, and Dr. Renata Oballa
    View: Program | Recording
  • From Lab to Life: Translation of Regenerative Medicine Therapies and Technologies
    Date: April 1, 2021
    Featuring: Dr. Greogry Block, Dr. Timothy Kieffer, Dr. Megan Levings, Dr. Fabio Rossi, Dr. Sam Wadsworth
    View: Program | Recording
  • Shaping our Health: Microbiome in Immunity and Inflammation
    Date: January 28, 2021
    Featuring: Dr. Bill Mohn, Malcolm Kendall, Dr. Shirin Kalyan, Dr. Stuart Turvey, and Dr. Suzanne Lewis
    View: Program | Recording 


  • Integrating Medical Devices to Streamline Health Care
    Date: November 26, 2020
    Featuring: Dr. Rachael Ritchie, Dr. Lillian Hung, Dr. Tim Salcudean, Dr. Steven Reynolds, and Dr. Roger Tam
    View: Program | Recording
  • Moving Digital Innovations Forward
    Date: October 29, 2020
    Featuring: Iain Begg, Dr. James Helliwell, Dr. Maryam Sadehgi, Dr. Richard Lester, Dr. JJ Sidhu, and Dr. Kendall Ho
    View:  Program | Recording
  • Building Bridges: How researchers came together during COVID-19
    Date: September 24, 2020
    Featuring: Wendy Hurlburt, Dr. Mel Krajden, Dr. Lucas Kraft, Dr. Deborah Money, Dr. Darryl Knight, and Dr. Josef Penninger
    View: Program |  Recording