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Past Events - Kingston

Mar 29, 2019

How to Transition from Biological Sciences to Business

In the event, the Kingston Chapter of the S2BN welcomed the head of JLABS Canada, Allan Miranda, to learn how to apply academic skills to the business world, discuss how to navigate through this world from a science perspective, and discover how scientific innovation can promote the life sciences sector.



Allan Miranda received his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario and his MBA from McGill University in Finance and Strategy. He is currently the Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS in Canada. Allan is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. He catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and healthtech sectors.


Allan joined the JLABS team from Janssen Canada, where he has spent the last 12 years in positions of increasing responsibility in business development, marketing and market access. His most recent role was Therapeutic Lead Immunology and Primary Care where he was responsible for market access strategy for a complex product portfolio exceeding $1 billion. Allan started his career at PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer arm of Queen's University at Kingston where he was responsible for technology assessment and new company start-up. He then moved to Paladin Labs, where he successfully completed numerous in-licensing transactions for specialty pharmaceutical products for the Canadian market. Allan subsequently worked in business development for two early stage biotechnology companies in Canada leading their business development and partnering initiatives prior to joining Janssen.

Mar 07, 2019

The Journey of a PhD Graduate

A conversation with Ted Hsu about Business, Parliament and Not-for Profits. Discover what opportunities exist for PhD candidates with a background in sciences in business, government, and not-for-profits. Gain knowledge of the diverse careers available for PhD graduates and learn about the transition into parliament. Explore the possibilities for science graduates in government and policy.


Ted Hsu has a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University and is a former Member of the Canadian House of Commons. Ted had a nine-year career in finance that lead him to travels around the globe. As a researcher and a trader, he wrote and used computer programs and mathematical models for risk management and business automation. Ted Hsu was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands in May 2011. During various periods he served as the Liberal Party of Canada’s spokesperson for Science and Technology, Post-Secondary Education, Federal Economic Development in Ontario, and Natural Resources. He has been an advocate for evidence-based policy, government support for science, the commercialization of discovery research, STEM education, climate change mitigation, and parliamentary and electoral reform.

Nov 15, 2018

Growing a Different Culture: Turning an Idea into a Startup - Kingston

Understand the process of developing a startup and learn about jobs or opportunities that may exist in startup companies. For this event, we welcome Maurice Shen, PhD from BenchSci to talk about his experiences working at a startup.

In this event, the Kingston chapter of the S2BN welcomes Dr. Maurice Shen from BenchSci to discuss the opportunities that exist in startup companies. We will explore the environment of a job in a startup company and how this may differ from positions in larger companies in industry. We will touch on how you can get involved and skills you can work on during your graduate work that are essential for these positions.


BenchSci is a reagent intelligence platform that reduces the time, uncertainty, and cost of scientific experiments. Unlike PubMed, Google Scholar, reagent directories, and vendors, BenchSci uses machine learning to decode comprehensive open- and closed-access datasets, display published figures with no commercial bias, and allow researchers to search by important experimental variables.


Maurice Shen obtained his PhD. in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 2015. He is now the Head of Academic Relations and believes that the current research process can be greatly complemented by the recent advance in machine learning technology.


Aug 16, 2018

Leveraging your LinkedIn Profile to Launch Your Career Search

S2BN partnered with Julia Blackstock, a Career Counsellor from Queen's University, to provide a workshop with the aim of providing students tips and tricks to leverage their LinkedIn profiles for their job search. This interactive session allowed students to receive feedback on their LinkedIn profile to better align with their future ambitions.

Feb 15, 2018

Resume and CV Workshop

S2BN is excited to host Julia Blackstock from career services for an interactive resume and CV workshop. There will be a brief presentation, followed by resume and CV critiques. We will also be taking professional headshot photographs that you can use for LinkedIn.


Please bring your resumes and CVs to be critiqued! Please remove any personal, identifying information.

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