Biggest life sciences companies in B.C. in 2019

 

Ranked by number of R&D employees in 2018

Published April 23, 2019. 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 '19 Company Top local executive(s) Areas of research Ownership Year founded No. staff globally '18/'17 No. B.C. staff '18/'17 No. R&D staff '18/'17
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

1,202
1,030

898
786

231
197

2

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

187
147

139
127

116
77

3

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, David Hastings, 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
130

130
130

90
90

4

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

120
115

120
115

90
85

5

AbCellera Biologics Inc
2215 Yukon St, Vancouver V5Y 0A1
P: 604-559-9005 F: NP abcellera.com

Carl Hansen, president and CEO

Therapeutic antibody discovery

Privately held

2012

71
47

47
43

56
39

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