Dr. Samuel Abraham

Dr. Abraham

PhD, Genetics, University of British Columbia


Board of Directors

Dr. Abraham received his PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia. He joined Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Scientist in 1996, and later became Project Leader for the Transplant Program, as well as Division Leader for Cell and Molecular Biology. He was with the BC Cancer Agency from 2000 to 2015, serving in a variety of positions, including concurrent appointments as VP Strategic Relationships beginning 2007, Executive Lead, Business and Intellectual Property Development for PHSA beginning in 2010 and Interim VP Research beginning in 2011. He also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Quest Pharma. Past board service includes the BC Cancer Foundation and the Centre for Drug Research and Development.

During his time with BCCA/PHSA Dr Abraham led the development of a strong intellectual property portfolio, with over 350 invention disclosures leading to 180 patent applications over the last decade alone. He negotiated numerous multi-million dollar research collaborations between BCCA/PHSA and pharmaceutical companies, and managed the development of several spin-off companies by mentoring scientists, helping to secure development funds, negotiating industrial partnerships and recruiting senior management. He also developed intellectual property policies and ethical frameworks for addressing ownership and commercialization practice of genomic biomarkers and other seminal or platform developments, not only at BCCA and Genome BC but also nationally through a variety of mechanisms and internationally through the OECD.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.


2016 Step Up team

Step Up Challenge fundraiser: February 25, 2018

The annual Step Up Challenge, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, takes place in Vancouver on Sunday February 25. Click here to sponsor our relay team as they climbs 379 floors. Click here to volunteer to help with the event.

It's a Snow Day poster

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: March 9

Mt. Seymour is hosting It's A Snow Day, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, on Friday March 9. The event will include slope time, a reception, and a silent auction. Click here for more details including how to register, donate and/or sponsor.




Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Drs. Wyatt and Chi: ctDNA predicts resistance to AR-targeted therapy

VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy

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