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Life Sciences Ontario Announces 2016 Award Winners
TORONTO, ON (November 25, 2015) — Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) today announced the 2016 LSO Award Winners, which recognize outstanding achievements in the life sciences sector. The awards will be presented at the LSO Annual Awards Gala on February 24, 2016 at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand.
"As the organization of choice for the diverse subsectors within the life sciences, LSO believes in recognizing and celebrating the varied, outstanding contributions of individuals and companies within Ontario’s vibrant sector," said Paul Lucas, chair of LSO’s board of directors. "In the recipients of this year’s awards, we see the leadership and commitment necessary to make even bigger contributions to our economic growth and prosperity."

"The LSO Awards recognize excellence from individual dedication to volunteerism right through to lifetime achievements," said Jason Field, President and CEO of LSO. "We hope to inspire the next generation of the Ontario's life sciences leaders to join us in positioning this province as a global leader.”

The 2016 recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
This award is given to a highly respected leader who has inspired and led the community to imagine a bigger future in life sciences. This individual is highly recognized as a significant contributor in more than one domain: industry, government, academia, volunteerism and philanthropy in Ontario.
Community Service Award: Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Founder and President, Let’s Talk Science
This award recognizes an individual whose career has helped build Ontario’s life sciences community while strengthening its local and global reputation, while going above and beyond the call of duty.
Public Service Award: Allison Barr, Director, Ministry of Research & Innovation
This award honours a current or former non-elected municipal, provincial or federal public servant who has helped build Ontario’s life sciences community in ways that may include innovative policy, structural support, research development, commercialization of intellectual property or public-private partnership development, among other areas.
LSO Volunteer Award: Jason Locklin, Director, Global Government Affairs, Alexion Pharma
This award acknowledges an active life sciences community volunteer has found ways to help build the sector and add energy to Ontario’s life sciences initiatives and events while receiving no remuneration for their work.
Life Sciences Company of the Year: Profound Medical Inc., represented by Steve Plymale or Shameze Rampertab
This award recognizes an Ontario-based company active in life science research and development bringing innovative products into or closer to commercialization. This category is open to all pre-commercialization or early-stage commercialization companies from the broad life science community, including human health, agri-food and industrial biotechnology, with demonstrated leadership and achieved milestones.
Life Sciences Leadership Award: David G. P. Allan, Board Member, Formation Biologics
Through this special award (added in 2014 with new formalized criteria), LSO’s Board of Directors recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their contributions to Ontario’s life sciences sector. Recipients can be from any part of the life sciences sector and of any professional background. Awardees are chosen on the merits of their leadership as pertaining to their contributions to the life sciences sector, as determined by the LSO Board of Directors in collaboration with the LSO Gala Awards Committee. The awarding is meritorious and is not meant to be part of the normal recurring LSO annual awards. Rather, this award is held in reserve by the Board of Directors until a suitable candidate is identified.
Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and full event details for the LSO Annual Awards Gala are available on LSO’s website: .
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Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) is a member-driven organization that represents more than 150 life science companies, service providers, academic and research institutes, partner organizations, individuals and students in Ontario. Together, our members represent more than 17,000 employees, researchers and students across the provinces life sciences sector. LSO collaborates with governments, academia, industry and other life science organizations in Ontario and across Canada to promote and encourage commercial success throughout the diverse life sciences sector. We do this through advocacy, economic development, mentorship and professional development programs, educational and networking events and promotion of our industry locally, nationally and internationally. LSO is the Voice for Life Sciences in Ontario.
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