VPC featured in article on collaborative research projects with pharmaceutical companies

Date Posted: 

April 19, 2018 - The National Post article "Good economics and good health: How Canada’s pharmaceutical companies make an impact" describes how pharmaceutical companies partner with academic institutions to expedite therapeutic discoveries.  In its interview with Brad Wheeler of the University of British Columbia's University-Industry Liaison Office, the Vancouver Prostate Centre is mentioned as a specific example.

A four-paragraph excerpt from the article is below.

"An EY (Ernst and Young) report commissioned by Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) pegs the pharmaceutical industry’s overall direct and indirect economic value at $19.2 billion (2016), and that figure only tells part of the story. Through unique work and key partnerships, the sector plays an important role in helping researchers bring new medicines to patients who need them.

Brad Wheeler is a technology transfer manager at the University of British Columbia who works as a liaison for university-affiliated labs and the companies that then license their intellectual property and distribute those medicinal inventions. He sees firsthand how the pharmaceutical sector works best when these large companies work with academic institutions and smaller start-ups to foster innovation.

“The pharmaceutical industry has substantial research capacity, particularly in some of the tasks associated with medicinal chemistry,” says Wheeler, “Whereas the Vancouver Prostate Centre is very good with the biology of prostate cancer — it’s a complementary relationship.”

It is an example of how large pharmaceutical companies partner with smaller organizations in the public and private space to create new treatments for Canadians living with illness. While many innovations in healthcare originate in academic research, often it is only through the resources of the pharmaceutical industry that the research findings make it through the many steps needed to get to your medicine cabinet; a process that is generally too costly for academia to take on alone."

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.


Conference Flyer Page 1

Breast & Prostate Cancer half-day virtual conference: Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The What you Need to Know for Your Patients Post Breast & Prostate Cancer Conference, taking place online on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 8:00am – 1:30pm, is an accredited virtual half-day conference focusing on screening, treatment, side-effect management & emerging new therapies for breast & prostate cancer patients. Click here for more information and to register. 

Dr. Peter Black, team captain

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 19th, 2021

The 41st Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 19, 2021. If you are able, please consider donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research. 


Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Recent publication proposes a potential new therapeutic approach to treatment-resistant prostate cancer

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Dr. Cherkasov receives 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Cherkasov