Carl Hansen Receives the 2021 Bloom Burton Award

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 1, 2021) - Bloom Burton & Co. ("Bloom Burton") is pleased to announce Dr. Carl Hansen of AbCellera Biologics ("AbCellera") as the recipient of the 2021 Bloom Burton Award. From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, AbCellera moved from initial screening of blood samples to human clinical trials of its antibody treatment for COVID-19 in 90 days - a process that normally takes years. In the same year, AbCellera's COVID-19 drug, bamlanivimab, was partnered with Eli Lilly and Company, received an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. FDA and was granted an Interim Order by Health Canada. In December 2020, AbCellera completed the largest biotechnology IPO in history for a Canadian biotechnology company on the NASDAQ, raising US$555.5 million.

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2021 Bloom Burton Award Winner Carl Hansen

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Bestowed annually, the Bloom Burton Award honours an individual scientist, inventor, executive, entrepreneur, industry leader, or policy maker who made the greatest contribution to Canada's innovative healthcare industry in the previous year. Nominees were accepted from any of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic/imaging, research instrumentation, consumer health, services or healthcare IT sectors, and equal consideration was given to contributions across any stage of development - from discovery to commercial-end markets. Nominations for the award were accepted from the public-at-large between January 25 and April 5, 2021. All finalists - Daniel Durocher of Repare Therapeutics, Hamed Shahbazi of WELL Health Technologies and Carl Hansen - were celebrated last night during the virtual presentation of the 2021 Bloom Burton Award Gala, and each received a $25,000 cash prize.

The Bloom Burton Award finalists and winner were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, all of whom are respected international leaders in healthcare investment, entrepreneurship and journalism:

  • Michael Altman, Managing Director, Perceptive Advisors
  • Christopher Arendt, Head of Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit, Takeda
  • Karen Bernstein, Co-Founder and Chairman, BioCentury
  • Carl Gordon, Managing Partner, OrbiMed Advisors
  • Dennis Purcell, Founder and Senior Advisor, Aisling Capital
  • Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
  • Camille Samuels, Partner, Venrock

Brian Bloom, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Bloom Burton commented, "Congratulations to Carl Hansen for being named the recipient of the 2021 Bloom Burton Award! It is breathtaking and inspiring to see how Carl's leadership, with the support of the AbCellera team, drove such a volume of impactful and positive change for Canada and society on the whole. The Bloom Burton Award was created to unabashedly celebrate those individuals who achieve enormous success on the world stage. Going from an idea to an approved drug to treat COVID-19, all in a single calendar year, was humbling to witness and we congratulate Carl on this success."

Mr. Bloom continued, "We also thank everyone in the global healthcare industry, working tirelessly to provide humanity with solutions against all diseases - ever more so evident during the ongoing global pandemic. Thank you for your efforts and your courage."

About Bloom Burton:

Bloom Burton & Co. is a firm dedicated to accelerating returns in the healthcare sector for both investors and companies. Bloom Burton has an experienced team of medical, scientific, pharmaceutical, legal and capital markets professionals who perform a deep level of diligence, which combined with our creative and entrepreneurial approach, assists our clients in achieving the right monetization events. Bloom Burton and its affiliates provide capital raising, M&A advisory, equity research, business strategy and scientific consulting, direct investing, and company creation and incubation services. Bloom Burton Securities Inc. is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and is also a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). Please visit to learn more.

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Brian Bloom
(416) 640-7580

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