Mission: To advance the pursuit of scientific knowledge by supplying high quality, innovative reagents, tools and services that enable life science research.
This video is an overview of STEMCELL Technologies Inc, which is a privately-owned biotechnology company that develops specialty cell culture media, cell separation products and accessory reagents for life science research.
STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a Canadian biotechnology company that develops specialty cell culture media, cell isolation systems and accessory products for life science research. Driven by science and a passion for quality, STEMCELL supports the advancement of scientific research around the world with our catalogue of more than 2000 cell biology research tools.
STEMCELL Technologies was launched in 1993 when founder and CEO Allen Eaves needed a way to meet the increasing demands for his standardized, cost-effective cell culture media for growing blood-forming stem cells. At the time, Eaves was a hematologist and cancer researcher heading the Terry Fox Laboratories (TFL) and head of clinical hematology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Unsatisfied with commercially available cell culture reagents, Eaves’ research group at the TFL began making their own hematopoietic stem cell culture media using the highest quality materials they could find. Colleagues also wanted to use this media, and Eaves was able to supplement his research funds by selling culture media to other lab groups.
Eventually the demand for the media from researchers around the world warranted building a designated clean room for production. The TFL did not have the funding and instead, Eaves was encouraged to purchase the business and create an independent company. Mortgaging his house and receiving a loan from Western Economic Diversification, Eaves was able to build a clean room and STEMCELL Technologies Inc. was born on July 2, 1993. STEMCELL has become the largest biotech company in Canada and continues to reinvest all profits back into developing products to better support the international research community. As of 2017, the company employs more than 1000 people globally, with over one-third of those holding a PhD or MSc, and the majority of employees having a BSc or Engineering degree. A large number of the company’s employees are located in Vancouver, Canada with additional employees and facilities in 11 other countries.
STEMCELL specializes in developing cell culture media, cell separation systems, instruments and other reagents for use in life sciences research across the basic to translational research continuum. Our products are designed and developed by highly trained, world class scientists to streamline research protocols, reduce experimental variability, and increase the accuracy of results. We develop our product lines to support entire experimental workflows, from cell isolation through characterization, expansion, differentiation, maintenance and storage, and are always looking for ways to further support our customers through training, knowledge and new products. STEMCELL’s Research and Development team often collaborates with academic partners to develop, produce and distribute products specific to a given research field.
In addition to expanding our original line of hematology products, we have grown our product portfolio to include a comprehensive suite of immune cell isolation tools as well as products that support research using pluripotent stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells. We have also developed suites of products optimized for neural, mammary, prostate, pulmonary, pancreatic, and intestinal cell biology research. Additionally, STEMCELL’s Contract Assay Services department supports researchers by developing tailor-made in vitro assays customized for their research needs. Finally, by offering accessory components such as primary cells, antibodies and cytokines, as well as labware and instruments via our Bioengineering division, STEMCELL provides scientists with all of the tools necessary to carry out their research.
We know that effective training, communication and collaboration is essential for science to happen. As a company, STEMCELL is deeply rooted in the scientific community and science education, and these values drive an ongoing effort to provide scientists with the resources that they need to keep current with the latest scientific advances and innovations in their fields. For example, our Education team provides hands-on training courses and workshops as well as proficiency testing for assay standardization and custom on-site education courses. We also produce professional quality videos that provide product support and education, as well as host webinars with field experts and offer free wallcharts, technical bulletins, blogs, newsletters and other communications resources to support the exchange of scientific knowledge and keep researchers informed about tools, tips and technologies in their fields.
We all begin our lives curious about the world around us, the way it works and our place in it. At STEMCELL Technologies, we never lose that curiosity. It inspires and motivates us to discover and innovate. It drives us to develop technologies, create products, and offer services that will help scientists around the world do research that progresses scientific knowledge and supports breakthroughs. In the field of biotechnology, there is no better company in which to find inspiration, fulfill your potential and define your success with like-minded people.
We specialize in the development of specialty cell culture media and cell isolation systems. Our products are used to drive the fields of stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research forward. We are Scientists Helping Scientists.
Explore the exciting career paths at STEMCELL, which include competitive benefits and opportunities to achieve your full potential with growth-driven training and development.
STEMCELL is growing fast, and we're always looking for smart, motivated people to join our team. STEMCELL is the largest biotechnology employer in Canada, and is proud to have been named Company of the Year by BIOTECanada and Life Sciences Company of the Year by Life Sciences BC in 2015, as well as having received three BC Export Awards in 2016, including Exporter of the year!
STEMCELL is guided by our love of science and our passion for quality. Our company values of innovation, quality, integrity, collaboration and responsiveness drive our unrelenting pursuit of scientific knowledge. We stand by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.
STEMCELL brings together a highly skilled and dynamic group. As a company of Scientists Helping Scientists, the majority of our 900-person team has a science degree, with more than one-third of employees holding an MSc or a PhD. We also employ engineers, MBAs, CPAs, and other professionals in a variety of departments.
For candidates interested in lab-based opportunities, our large Research and Development group is always looking for skilled research scientists and associates to plan and develop new products. Our Manufacturing, Process Development and Quality Control teams are also growing, and need scientists and engineers to support the manufacture and testing of our high-quality products. Candidates with training in fields such as cell biology, molecular biology, immunology or chemistry are encouraged to visit our Career Listings to learn more about the positions available with these groups.
STEMCELL also offers a large range of career opportunities for people with scientific training and expertise, but who are looking for a career away from the bench. Roles in Sales, Product Management, Science Communications & Marketing, Technical Support, Business Development & Licensing, Business Operations, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs require a combination of science expertise and business acumen and provide exciting career opportunities for scientists outside of the lab.
Corporate teams such as Finance & Accounting, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology and Systems and Supply Chain Operations are also essential to our success. We offer many opportunities for career advancement outside of science, and actively seek candidates interested in working for an international, fast-paced, growing company.
J'ai travaillé chez STEMCELL Technologies à temps plein (Plus d'un an)
20% a year growth every year, lots of opportunities, clear vision, smart employees- many with advanced degrees
Some dead weight. Might get a bad boss.
J'ai postulé en ligne. J'ai passé un entretien à STEMCELL Technologies (Vancouver, BC) en août 2017.
I first had a phone interview with the recruiter which went well, and was then 2 weeks later invited for an on-site interview. The on-site interview initially went well until one of the interviewers asked me a question on multithreading.
He gave a situation of 4 threads (no specific code), one with lower priority than the others, and simply asked the question, word for word, "what happens to the thread with low priority?" with no other details. I had no idea what he meant by "what happens" and very courteously asked him to clarify. He then drew 4 bars on the whiteboard each representing a single thread (with the lower priority thread being a shorter bar) and simply restated the question "so what happens to this low priority thread?". I can assure you that I've not left out any key information here, this was literally the question posed.
My first impression was that he might be asking what happens with regard to which threads get run on the CPU, but this is determined entirely by the OS scheduler and the architecture of the CPU, which he never specified. I tried to give some examples of what could happen, for example the low priority thread could get starved, or it might get switched out more, or it might run fine if there are enough cores, but I never got any vibes that I was on the right track. I then once again stated that I didn't understand exactly what he was asking of me and he said "that's okay, no problem" and just left it there. I had tried to extract more information from him about the problem, but he wasn't working with me and simply just restated the original question. Extremely poor interviewer in my opinion, you don't find quality engineers by asking vague nonsensical questions and then being tight lipped on the details. This led me to feel that maybe I was being thrown under a bus, or maybe he didn't truly understand his own question. Either way, this made for an extremely negative experience. I got a rejection email the next day.
The position also demanded 5+ years of experience, but the recruiter on the phone outright told me the salary was in the low $70k range, which is *very* below average for this city even for a new graduate. They justified this by saying "that's just what we pay our other staff". Avoid.
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