DR TERRY PEARSON
Director - BC, Canada
Dr. Terry Pearson is a scientist and entrepreneur, who is an emeritus professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria. He obtained his BSc in microbiology and PhD in immunology from the University of British Columbia where he worked with Professors Julia Levy and Douglas Kilburn and then as a postdoctoral researcher and staff scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. Working together with Nobel Laureates, Caesar Milstein and Georges Köhler, at Cambridge he made a seminal contribution to medicine by generating the world’s first commercial monoclonal antibody that laid the foundation for the exploitation of antibodies for diagnostics and therapeutics and many scientific applications. He subsequently joined the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (Nairobi, Kenya) where he introduced monoclonal antibody technology to Africa. For more than 35 years, his research has focused on tropical diseases (mainly African sleeping sickness), and translation of basic research discoveries into application to clinical diagnostic medicine in both the developed and developing world. In 2008, he co-founded SISCAPA Assay Technologies Inc. a clinical diagnostic company focused on measuring biomarker in complex Human samples. He currently serves on the boards of several private and public biotechnology companies.
Background on Dr. Pearson’s work can be found in his recent TEDx Talk: "Your life in a drop of blood" (here)