Established Vancouver biomedical research hub

Three B.C. pioneers in the field have been named to the Order of Canada

Stu McNish 2 minute read January 21, 2022

As 2021 wrapped up, the Governor General awarded three British Columbians the Order of Canada for work in biomedical research.

It’s a remarkable achievement for Peter Cullis, Connie Eaves and Peter Zandstra, each of whom are playing an increasingly important role in establishing Vancouver as a hub of exceptional research in biomedical life sciences research.

Zandstra, Eaves and Cullis are scientists pushing the boundaries of research in drug development and stem cell tech.

“I’m excited to see biomedical engineering being recognized for its current and potential impact in Canada and abroad” Zandstra said. He said Eaves is a giant in stem cell and cancer therapy, while Cullis is one of the key scientists behind the use of mRNA technology in vaccine development.

He said the awards shows the leadership that “UBC’s school of biomedical engineering is building at the interface of engineering and medicine.”

Zandstra is recognized for more than 20 years of groundbreaking work at the intersection of biology and engineering — discoveries that have facilitated the development of technologies for stem cell-based therapies that are used for regenerative medicine and furthering the understanding of stem cell biology, immunology, and tissue regeneration.

Zandstra joined a Conversation that Matters about the role his research has played in finding cures for debilitating chronic diseases and about the life sciences and biomedical research in B.C.

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