Event: Federal announcement to accelerate drug development and biomanufacturing

On May 31, Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will visit the University of British Columbia to announce significant funding for Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub (CIEBH).

The announcement will feature major new investments in Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem, including a therapeutics manufacturing facility and research programs for next-generation medicines, that will enhance Canada’s preparedness to respond to future pandemics and other health challenges.

Mr. Sarai will be joined by Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC, and Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC, as well as CIEBH researchers and partners from across Canada’s life sciences sector.

Media will have an opportunity to meet the scientists behind the newly funded projects and hear how they will accelerate the development of lifesaving medicine for Canadians.

Following the announcement, media are invited to join a tour of UBC’s cryo-electron microscopy lab — a state-of-the-art facility with 13-foot-tall microscopes that map the atomic structure of viruses to support therapeutic design. UBC researchers and students will provide demonstrations for media.

RSVP: Advance registration is required. Media interested in participating can contact media.relations@ubc.ca. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for camera set-up.

Date/Time: Friday, May 31, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.


  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.          Media registration and set-up
  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.        Federal announcement and panel discussion with researchers
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.      Media interviews and lab tour

Location: UBC Vancouver Campus. Location and parking details will be provided upon registration.

Interview opportunities:

  • Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC
  • Isabelle Julien, Program Director, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
  • UBC researchers and CIEBH partners