Who we are
Ms. Lee joined the TDO team in June 1999. Her primary role is to identify and assess the feasibility of intellectual property for commercialization as well as assist in the development business models for the commercialization process. Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Human Nutrition, from the University of British Columbia, in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, in 1998. In addition to her role at the BCCA, Sarah also managed a consulting company, SmartStart Business Resources from 2000 to 2003 and continues to provide consulting services for a number of independent ventures including a management consulting practice focused on business planning for early stage companies. Sarah is an annual participant and mentor for the Telus New Ventures judge panel.
Telephone: (604) 675-8199
Senior Manager, Intellectual Property
Dr. Rebstein joined the TDO team in July 2004. He works with scientists and clinicians at the Agency to enable the scientific development of intellectual property.
Dr. Rebstein received his MSc in Medical Biophysics at the Ontario Cancer Institute (University of Toronto) and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. He joined the Biochemistry group at Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals as a research scientist in 1997. In 2001 he joined Active Pass Pharmaceuticals and in 2004 was promoted to Director of Drug Discovery. Dr Rebstein has over seven years of industry experience in the drug discovery process. This experience allows him to enable the further development of initial exciting discovery research, guide the translation of research findings into the clinic, and evaluate the commercial potential of scientific discoveries.
Telephone: (604) 675-8000 ext. 7718
Senior Manager, Business Development & Contracts
Mr. Schlosser joined the TDO in early 2009 as an Officer, Business Development & Contracts and was appointed Senior Manager, Business
Development & Contracts in 2012. Prior to joining TDO, Mr. Schlosser participated in the Westlink Internship program through Westlink
Innovation Network. During this internship, he had placements at Lions Capital (a venture capital firm), the BC Cancer Agency (TDO) and
Perceptronix Medical Inc. (a spin‐off company of the BC Cancer Agency). Previously, Mr. Schlosser has held positions at UBC Wine Research
Centre/AgCanada as a Project Coordinator and Viticulture Research Technician. He holds a BSc(Biol) from UVic, BSc(Honours) in Oenology &
Viticulture and an MSc(Biol) from Brock University.
Telephone: (250) 712-3966 x686743
Dr. Lauener joined the TDO team in December 2002 as Scientific Development Officer. In this role he works with scientists and clinicians at the Agency to assist in the scientific development of intellectual property, fuelling translational research as well as the commercial potential of discoveries.
Dr. Lauener received a BSc in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University, an MSc in Genetics and Ph.D in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia. He joined Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals as a senior scientist in 1997 and managed several research/pre-clinical stage projects with a focus on drug discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics. He also served as Divisional Leader for the Biochemistry group. Dr. Lauener has over five years industry experience in translating discovery research through to clinical proof-of-principle.
Telephone: (604) 675-8197
Officer, Business Development & Contracts
Ms. Forrester joined the TDO team in May, 2012. She is the primary contact for Material Transfer, Data Sharing and Non‐Disclosure
Agreements. She works with scientists and industry to draft, review, and negotiate research contracts and agreements, as well as assists with
business development, market research and commercialization projects. Ms. Forrester earned a BA (Archaeology & Geography) in 1997 and an
MBA from HEC Montréal (Université du Montréal) with a focus on Marketing and Entrepreneurship in 2010. Karen gained invaluable
experience over her 5 years at the boutique corporate law firm of Beadle Raven, Business Lawyers as a corporate paralegal where she
specialized in drafting corporate agreements and resolutions and managed the practice of one of the partners. Five years of overseas
experience (Japan, Cayman Islands, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, India) in education, management and research have enhanced the development
of her business acumen.
Telephone: (604) 675‐8000 ext 7711
Ms. Grose rejoined the TDO in May 2007 and is the primary contact for confidentiality and material transfer agreement processing in addition to coordinating activities with TDO staff. Previously she was Corporate Secretary for Perceptronix Medical Inc., a spin-off company of the BC Cancer Agency. From 1998 – 2004, Ms. Grose functioned as an Intellectual Property Manager at TDO. Ms. Grose has lengthy experience working with companies and managing contract timelines and licenses. Her knowledge of BCCA research activities and personnel make her an invaluable member of the TDO team.
Telephone: (604) 675-8198