ISS = International State of Science In Canada, we are fortunate enough to have a federal leader that supports and values science. Though what is the state of science elsewhere? Often times we are bombarded with news about our own country that we do not learn about what else is going on in the world. […]Read More The ISS (not the spaceship) Part I
Plan S is an initiative spearheaded by the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, Robert-Jan Smits, which hopes to eliminate scientific publishers from charging individuals money to access articles (i.e. paywalls). The group that launched this initiative, Science Europe, wants to launch the mandate in January 2020. Plan S would require scientists funded by […]Read More What is Plan S and why should you care?
“Modern science is broken,” is a phrase that I do not agree with. Although science may have strayed from the path of public reliability and corporate biasI do not believe it is totally broken. I would amend the first phrase by stating, “modern science is in danger of being broken.” One method of preventing this […]Read More Scientific Literacy 101
I recently had the pleasure of attending a day-long workshop that answered all the questions I had regarding patents in the biotechnology, specifically biomaterials, field. Industry experts, including patent agents, technology transfer officers, and academic professors were there to communicate with all of the attendees. Instead of relaying all of the information that each speaker […]Read More So You Think You Can Patent?
As scientists, many of us get the question: “What do you do?” Depending on the audience, I am sure many scientists can spend 3 minutes or hours on the answer. Although many of us are guilty of giving an answer that may not be representative of the true nature of our research, I am going […]Read More What I do in a nutshell and how to do the same for your research
I’ll be honest, I was not ready for this one. After dinner on the first day of the Business of Regenerative Medicine conference, I was not mentally prepared to have my entire thinking about the future turned on its head. Mr. Andrew Hessel gave one of the best talks I have even seen in my […]Read More How Synthetic Biology COULD save the world
“You are morally obliged to find something new and then you are morally obliged to tell everyone about it” -Dr. Arnold Caplan, Business of Regenerative Medicine 2017 From July 17-19, I attended the Business of Regenerative Medicine conference in Toronto, ON. There was a diverse range of people attending this conference, from early RM entrepreneurs, […]Read More State of the Regenerative Medicine Industry