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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

From the Bench to the Bedside to the Bank

David Dolphin, The University of British Columbia

Dr. David Dolphin will share his unique insight into the discovery and commercial development of Visudyne, a drug that has prevented blindness in more than half a million patients with advanced age related macular degeneration. The drug, which has already had sales of US$2 billion (with $60 million in royalties for UBC), was an outcome of a remarkable, long-term collaboration between Dolphin, a chemist renowned internationally for his fundamental studies on light-activated molecules called porphyrins, and UBC colleague and medical researcher Dr. Julia Levy. Together, they melded theoretical and practical knowledge into an innovative drug concept and then spent more than a decade moving the drug through the maze of regulatory requirements to final approvals in Canada and the US.

For his research and research management contributions, Dr. Dolphin was recently named the winner of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada’s top science prize. In addition to the pioneering drug development work he has carried out at QLT, where he is VP for Technology Development, Dr. Dolphin is an internationally recognized scholar and holds an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. He has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada and to the Royal Society in London.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $10
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: May 15th