Biggest life sciences companies in B.C. in 2020

 

Ranked by number of R&D employees in 2019

Published April 27, 2020. 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 '20 Company Top local executive(s) Areas of research Ownership Year founded No. staff globally '19/'18 No. B.C. staff '19/'18 No. R&D staff '19/'18
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

1,293
1,136

999
898

243
231

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

256
187

NP
139

157
116

3

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

Doug Goertzen, president and COO

Cardiovascular

Privately held

2007

NP
120

130
120

90
90

4

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

Carl Hansen, president and CEO

Drug discovery platform that combines high-throughput microfluidics, genomics, bioinformatics and machine learning to find antibodies from nature that can be developed as therapeutics

Privately held

2012

115
71

71
47

84
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, CEO

Central nervous system, epilepsy, pain

Nasdaq:XENE

1996

NP
89

88
85

56
56

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