STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
The Biological Safety Officer is responsible for the Biosafety Program at STEMCELL and ensures that all laboratory facilities are in compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA) and Regulations (HPTR) and with the applicable biosafety and biosecurity standards. Reporting to the Director, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), this role provides oversight of biosafety and biosecurity practices within STEMCELL, including the overall management, administration and continual improvements of the biosafety program.
Specific responsibilities include developing policies, monitoring compliance, conducting risk assessments and internal inspections/audits, documenting and updating biosafety-related training, assisting in investigations of incidents, compiling and providing any reports/documentation as required by regulatory agencies, and liaising with containment zone personnel, support staff, housekeeping personnel, and contractors on biosafety-related matters. This role leads the cross-functional Pathogen Safety team as well as reviewing and approving all PHSA and CFIA applications for license and permit.