BC Innovation Council Announces
Winners of 2004 Awards
VANCOUVER, BC - The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) announced the five winners of the 2004 Annual BC Innovation Council Awards today. "We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia's science and technology entrepreneurs," said Cindy Lum, Chief Operating Officer for the newly formed BCIC. "They truly signify the world-class expertise in innovation and leadership that British Columbia is known for."
A new provincial crown agency, BCIC is a result of a merger between two long-standing, respected technology organizations; the Innovation and Science Council of BC and the Advanced Systems Institute of BC. "The merger is near completion and BCIC will be officially launched as part of the celebration for the award winners," said Lum.
BC S &T Champion of the Year Award
Dr. Max Cynader
The BC S&T Champion of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in promoting or fostering science and technology in British Columbia. Dr. Max Cynader is the Director of the Brain Research Centre. His efforts in leading a highly successful capital campaign yielded $30 million for the Centre enabling renovations to 50,000 square feet of research space at UBC's Hospital and purchase of new equipment. Having opened the doors to its new facility just this past January, the Centre today is recognized as one of the broadest and most competitive facilities in the country with its wealth of expertise, technologies and clinical resources. At present, over 150 scientists are affiliated with the Brain Research Centre, with many outstanding scientists forming the core of the research enterprise.
Brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's will impose more burdens on society as Canada's aging population reaches its peak in the next few decades. Fortunately, British Columbia is home to one of the top Brain Research Centres in the world and the Centre's achievements can be traced to the enormous efforts of Dr. Max Cynader.
In 1997, Dr. Cynader was appointed the Director of the Brain Research Centre, a unique partnership between the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The objective of the Brain Research Centre is to explore new discoveries and technologies which have the potential to reduce the suffering and cost associated with disease and injuries to the brain.
Dr. Cynader's efforts in leading a highly successful capital campaign yielded $30 million for the Centre enabling renovations to 50,000 square feet of research space at UBC's Hospital and purchase of new equipment. Having opened the doors to its new facility just this past January, the Centre today is recognized as one of the broadest and most competitive facilities in the country with its wealth of expertise, technologies and clinical resources. At present over 150 scientists are affiliated with the Brain Research Centre including engineers, molecular biologists, computer scientists and clinical investigators - these outstanding scientists form the core of the research enterprise.
In addition to his many achievements with the Brain Research Centre, Dr. Cynader has co-founded two start-up companies: NeuroVir, a developer of gene therapy products to treat brain disease and Wavemakers Research, a software-based developer of noise reducing technology for speech recognition applications.
Furthermore, over the last decade he has been honoured with a number of notable awards including the Canada Research Chair in Brain Development at UBC, the Bank of Montreal Fellow of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada to name a few. He is also the author of over 200 articles published in scientific journals and has presented over 350 papers at national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Cynaderss achievements with the Brain Research Centre this past year are being recognized with the award of BC S&T Champion of the Year.