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Tech & Science

May 1, 2007
Virtual Economy: Get A Second Life
Kevin Chong

In a world that exists only on computer screens, virtual consumers (controlled by real people seated at computer desks) teleport to malls and window-shop along virtual high streets for goods ranging from ball gowns to hovercraft. With a simple wiggle and click of a mouse, visitors enter these shops, browse around and, often, purchase the wares on display.

Apr 1, 2007
Netcasting Services Inc: Dot Com 2.0
David Jordan

Touring the Burnaby operations of Interactive Netcasting Services Inc. (Insinc) is like sifting through a dot-com archeological dig. At the core of the former warehouse is a massive server barn built during the heyday of the Internet boom in the late 1990s.

Dec 1, 2006
Nanotech: Think Small
Ryan Stuart

The powder is so fine that Burgess needs extremely high-powered microscopes and special equipment, labs and expertise just to see and work with it. Each speck is so small it is measured in nanometres: one-billionths of a metre. The material Mettech is working on is considered a nanopowder, and it’s...

Oct 2, 2006
Big Pharma: Selling Sickness
Katherine Gordon

From Paxil and Prozac to Ritalin and Viagra, Big Pharma is a multibillion-dollar global business. With a court battle that may result in Canada allowing drug companies to target ads directly at ¬consumers, how much of 'selling sickness' are we willing to swallow?

Sep 1, 2006
BioLytical Labs: Star-studded Start-up
Jessica Werb

Where do you go for funding when you’re sitting on a biotech product that could help transform diagnostic procedures for one of the world’s most devastating viruses? When Richmond-based BioLytical Laboratories needed investors for its rapid HIV test, it looked...

Aug 1, 2006
Guide to Private Health Care in B.C.
Claudia Cornwall

As waiting lists at public hospitals proliferate, dozens of private clinics have emerged to satisfy the demands of ailing British Columbians seeking prompt care. Typically these clinics bill third-party insurers, such as WCB, or foreign visitors’ private health plans. However...

Aug 1, 2006
Health Care Privitization: Wealth Care
Claudia Cornwall

Tom Koch, 57, is a Vancouver-based ethicist and the author of a score of books about medical and journalistic issues of a moral nature. He describes himself as a democratic socialist. And when it comes to B.C.’s health-care system, he...

Aug 1, 2006
The Evolution of Addiction Treatment: Desperate For a Fix
Andrew Struthers

The evolution of addiction treatment began during the Vietnam War, with thousands of troops returning to the U.S. after being exposed to the abundance of cheap drugs in South East Asia. Today funding has been shaved off the treatment pillar leaving addiction treatment desperate for a fix.

Jul 1, 2006
B.C. Biotech Roundtable: Incubation Period
BCBusiness D.B.

For years, B.C.’s biotech sector has rested on the claim that it has spawned two local giants. But the boast is wearing thin. Does B.C. have what it takes to become the next Bay Area, or will we forever be the farm team for big pharmaceuticals eager to pluck the next great drug discovery and stay stuck in an incubation period? BCBusiness sat down with a round table to discuss.

Jul 1, 2006
Aspreva Pharmaceuticals: Biotech Breakthrough
David Jordan

The Dark Horse of the Year award goes to Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. This young biotech broke through the gate to not only crack the Top 100 public companies list just four years after its inception, but also claim bragging rights as the only biotech in B.C. to record a profit in 2005.

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