Want to learn from one of BC's most influential women? Join us for a chat with the wonderful Natalie Dakers, President and CEO of Accel-Rx, Canada's first life sciences accelerator! Natalie is a highly acknowledged leader of the biopharmaceutical industry with a wealth of experience. She is known for getting things done and has a talent to bring the business side to science.
Natalie started four ventures, raised multi million dollars of venture capital, and served on many local, national, and private company boards and advisory panels.
Come and learn from Natalie's story! In this interview, we will dissect Natalie's success and mistakes. Hear about why she started Accel-Rx, her experience with the life science industry in BC and Canada, and how she managed to be highly productive. Don't miss out on what Natalie has to share with aspiring entrepreneurs for their path to success! This is will not only be a valuable lesson for the biotech entrepreneurs but everyone of the community!
Ever tried crickets before? This can be your chance! We're also featuring Coast Protein, the new protein bar company using cricket flour. The three founders Dylan Jones, Chris Baird, and John Larigakis are committed to sustainability and healthy living. That's why they chose to process insects, an ideal protein source and a highly sustainable alternative to conventional animal products. Enjoy some of their healthy power bars! But don't sue them if you find an insect leg in there... ;)
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Natalie Dakers is the President and CEO of Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, Canada’s first national life sciences accelerator. She is known as a leading figure in the Canadian biopharmaceutical industry and has a plethora of entrepreneurial experience having started four life sciences companies. In 2016, she was added to the list of BC's 35 most influential women.Read More
Natalie Dakers is a leading figure in the Canadian biopharmaceutical industry and is one of BC’s most influential women. With four start-up companies to her credit, she’s known for getting things done.
Natalie serves as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, Canada’s new national life sciences accelerator. Accel-Rx is a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Natalie recently joined Accel-Rx full-time having been the President and Chief Executive Officer of CDRD Ventures Inc. which acted as the commercial arm of the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD). Under her leadership, the commercial arm was founded, and supported the creation of a number of commercial opportunities including Kairos Therapeutics Inc. and Sitka Biopharma Inc. She was the founding CEO of the CDRD, also a national Centre for Excellence for Commercialization and Research. Under her leadership, CDRD signed affiliation agreements with more than 20 major research institutions in Canada and around the world, and forged important strategic relationships with public and private sector partners including Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Genome British Columbia and the Governments of British Columbia and Alberta. Prior to leading the establishment of CDRD, Natalie was President and CEO of Neuromed Pharmaceuticals Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company developing drugs for chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy and cardiovascular diseases. As co-founder and CEO, Natalie built the company from inception and raised three rounds of venture financing totaling approximately $70 million. Prior to this, Natalie managed technology transfer for the Life Sciences sector at the University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at the University of British Columbia, where she was involved in the creation and spin-off of more than a dozen start-up high-tech and biotech companies.
Natalie is currently a board member of BIOTECanada and Augurex Inc. and an Adjunct Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She served on a number of national boards including the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Genome Canada, the International Science and Technology Partnership Canada (ISTP Canada) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Life Sciences Advisory Board. She served on the Boards of Genome BC, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and was Chair of LifeSciences BC. Natalie has garnered numerous honours most recently the 2015 Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the year award and was named one of BC's most influential women by BC Business.