Biggest life sciences companies in B.C. in 2018

 

Ranked by number of R&D employees in 2017

Published April 24, 2018. Sources: interviews with representatives of  biotech firms below and BIV research. Other firms may have ranked but did not respond to information requests by deadline.
 

 

Rank '18 Company Top local executive(s) Areas of research Ownership Year founded No. staff globally '17/'16 No. B.C. staff '17/'16 No. R&D staff '17/'16
1

Stemcell Technologies Inc
1618 Station St, Vancouver V6A 1B6
P: 604-877-0713 F: 800-567-2899 stemcell.com

Allen Eaves, president and CEO

Provides cell culture media, cell separation tools and accessory reagents for cell biology research, including stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, immunology and cancer research

Privately held

1993

1,024
846

786
671

197
224

2

Arbutus Biopharma Corp
8900 Glenlyon Pky Suite 100, Burnaby V5J 5J8
P: 604-419-3200 F: 604-419-3201 arbutusbio.com

Mark Murray, president and CEO, Koert VandenEnden, interim CFO

Discovering, developing and commercializing a cure for patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection with a pipeline consisting of multiple drug candidates with complementary mechanisms of action

Nasdaq:ABUS

1992

NP
122

NP
122

90
90

3

Kardium Inc
8518 Glenlyon Pky Suite 155, Burnaby V5J 0B6
P: 604-248-8891 F: 604-304-3478 kardium.com

Doug Goertzen, CEO

Cardiovascular

Privately held

2007

115
104

115
104

85
80

4

Zymeworks Inc
1385 8th Ave W Suite 540, Vancouver V6H 3V9
P: 604-678-1388 F: 604-737-7077 zymeworks.com

Ali Tehrani, president and CEO

Antibody and protein therapeutics development with a primary focus in oncology

TSX, NYSE:ZYME

2003

147
115

127
98

77
56

5

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc
3650 Gilmore Way Suite 200, Burnaby V5G 4W8
P: 604-484-3300 F: 604-484-3450 xenon-pharma.com

Simon Pimstone, president and CEO

Central nervous system, epilepsy, pain

Nasdaq:XENE

1996

NP
100

79
97

52
70

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