Ted Paranjothy, MBiotech Class of 2015, selected as Emerging Leader for Life Science Ontario's 2014 Fall Symposium

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 8:00am

Ted ParanjothyTed Paranjothy, valedictorian of the MBiotech Class of 2015, was recently selected to sit on the `Next Generation of Life Sciences' Panel as an Emerging Leader, by Life Sciences Ontario, as part of their Fall 2014 Symposium: Life Sciences Policy Forum.  Additional panelists at this year's LSO Symposium included MBiotech board member Dr. Ulrich Krull, VP: Special Initiatives at the University of Toronto Mississauga and MBiotech Alumnus Ilia Tikhomirov, CEO of Avid Biologics.

Overall, the theme of the forum focused on the priorities and influences surrounding provinicial policy development over the course of the next four years - during which time Ontario's new majority government will be transitioning Ontario to a new triple bottom line economy - and what this potentially means for the life sciences in Ontario.  Through multiple panel discussions and keynote presentations, the forum explored policy options to support cluster development, reduce business and regulatory burdens and increase competitiveness in order to position Ontario as a leader in the Life Sciences. 

Ted is a recent graduate of the MBiotech Program, and was selected as valedictorian of the MBiotech Class of 2015. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba, where he graduated with a BSc, with distinction, in microbiology. When he was in high school, he sought out Dr. Marek Los, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba and CFI Canada Research Chair in New Cancer Therapies, to become his mentor. Dr. Los allowed him to join as a volunteer researcher after he wrote his PhD entrance exam in Biochemistry - which he passed!  

During his high school years, Ted used the apoptin protein as a molecular template to design and develop smaller engineered derivatives known as peptides into a series of anti-cancer agents. He filed a patent on these peptides, which have the ability to induce cell death in leukemia, lung and prostate cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue. He co-authored two peer-reviewed articles published in biomedical journals before graduating from high school and a third one in his first year of undergraduate studies.

Ted's innovative cancer research won him the 2007 Manitoba and National Sanofi BioGENEious Challenges, and he is the only Canadian to place first in the Sanofi International BioGENEius Challenge. He has also been recognized with numerous academic and citizenship awards and scholarships, including the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership, The Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award, Canada's Top 20 Under 20 Award, the Canadian Cancer Society's Researcher of Tomorrow Award, the Genome Prairie Award, among others.

Ted also presented as a Keynote Speaker at the ACCT Innovation conference in 2013, as well as the Gowlings Networking Luncheon at BIO 2013 in Chicago (see the text of his BIO 2013 speech here).  He also recently co-authored a chapter in the upcoming text Cancer Stem Cells: Emerging Concepts and Future Perspectives in Translational Oncology, entitled Methodologies in Assaying Cancer Stem Cells.  The text itself is currently in review for publication, and is a comprehensive and holistic analysis of cancer stem cells from a basic, translational and clinical research perspective with a particular emphasis on translational oncology.  The book examines a myriad of topics including stem cells in cancer, the cancer stem cell niche, cancer stem cells in solid tumours, cancer stem cells in leukemia and lymphoma, therapies targeting cancer stem cells, and the clinical and therapeutic implications of cancer stem cells.  

For more information about the 2014 Life Sciences Ontario Fall Symposium:                        http://www.lifesciencesontario.ca/events/eventsCalendar/FallSymposium2014.php

For the 2014 Life Sciences Ontario Symposium Program:                                                                                                                                                http://www.lifesciencesontario.ca/_files/file.php?fileid=filekrcPRjBnAp&filename=file_Fall_Event___Program___2014_11_11.pdf