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Industry Insights – Pharmaceuticals & Biotech

In this session students got the inside scoop from representatives working in these fields and found out where they see areas of growth and opportunity now and over the next five years. Students asked questions and learned what they can do today to give them an edge when they graduate.

Panelist's Bios

  Robert Foldes, Executive Director, YORKbiotech Inc.

Dr. Robert Foldes is Executive Director of YORKbiotech Inc., a regional innovation network focused on economic development in the healthcare sector. Robert has more than 17 years of experience in the life science industry. He previously served as President & CEO of Cytochroma Inc., a privately-held drug discovery and development company. Dr. Foldes also served as Director, Research Business Development at The Hospital for Sick Children Robert received his BSc from the University of Toronto , his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business.

Industry Insights: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech: Robert Foldes Intro

Jeff Kent, Synthetic Chemistry Team Leader, Dalton Pharma Services

After graduating with my PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 2005, the world was at my doorstep. After working for 1 year to get my feet wet, I finally found myself a home at Dalton Pharma Services, where I have the opportunity to play many roles.

Industry Insights: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech: Jeff Kent Intro
Jeff describes Dalton Pharma Services

  Hitoshi Masui, Senior Research Scientist, PharmEng Innovations

My father was a professor of biology at U of T, and instilled in me, the love of science. I followed in his footsteps and became an assistant professor of analytical chemisry at Kent State U in Ohio , but academia had changed since his days as a professor - it had become more business-like, and I lacked business experience. I made a career change, joining a startup company that needed an inventor with instrument experience. It has been an exciting time for me, watching the company grow, learning how business is conducted, and performing truly novel experiments combining by my background in electrochemistry with the most unlikely of fields, pharmaceutics.

Industry Insights: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech: Hitoshi Masui Intro

Mark W. Sajewycz, Partner, Intellectual Property, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Mark is a lawyer and a registered patent agent and has significant experience counseling clients on the acquisition, protection, enforcement and defense of intellectual property. His practice covers all aspects of patent law and prosecution. He has experience in patents relating to life sciences, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemical technologies, including chemical synthesis, chemical separation processes, fuel cell technology, hydrogen storage systems, environmental technologies, electrodeionization, catalysts, polymeric membranes, petroleum, plastics, metallurgy and materials science, nanotechnology, thick and thin film coatings, nuclear chemistry, and various mechanical technologies. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1997, Mark received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario .

Mark is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property law issues. His paper, “Patent Claim Interpretation as it Should Be: Promoting the Objects of the Patent Act” was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Free World Trust decision.

Prior to joining the firm, Mark founded and managed a successful technology consulting business. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and has practised professional engineering in the nuclear process design field.

is professional memberships include the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mark is also on the Board of Directors for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Canada.

Industry Insights: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech: Mark W. Sajewycz Intro

Questions & Answers

What is your recommended route for someone interested in intellectual property?

What was the transition from science to a Master's in business like?

Could you comment on how you see the combination of hard science and business playing out in these fields?

Where are the areas of growth in these fields, especially in the GTA?

Are there entry level jobs in these fields, and if so what are they and how should students prepare for these?

What kind of experience can students get that will help them set themselves apart for an entry level job?