SCIEX Founders Discuss Innovation and Impact on Science

On October 22, 2018, SCIEX and University of Toronto (U of T), Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE) hosted a special evening with founding leaders of SCIEX, Bill Breukelman and Dr. Barry French. The event took place at U of T in the brand new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

About 100 guests attended, including friends and family of Bill and Barry, U of T Faculty members, SCIEX L1 team representatives including President, Inese Lowenstein, Chief Technology Officer, Gordon Logan and Vice President, HR & Communications, Coralea Cline, SCIEX customers, long-tenured SCIEX associates and alumni including Adele Buckley, one of the original scientists, Andy Boorn, former President of SCIEX, Ed Rygiel, former EVP of MDS Inc., and many more.

“This was a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand from the founding leaders about the origin of SCIEX from both a scientific and business perspective. It is an amazing story and a true legacy,” said Inese. “The timing for this event was perfect. As we consider our plans for celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2020, I’m inspired by the fact that their foundation of innovation carries on today and the work we’re doing is building on their tremendous legacy.” 

Upon arrival, guests mingled over hors d’oeuvres then took their seats in the auditorium where Chris Damaren, Chair, University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies moderated an intimate and inspiring conversation with Bill and Barry about the work for NASA on the Viking Martian Entry Mass Spectrometer project and how it inspired the vision for an adapted version of a Mass Spec that could be used on earth.

Inese and Gordon also participated in the conversation, sharing how SCIEX has grown into a global company and how we’re constantly evolving to deliver new solutions to our customers, so they can answer challenging problems. Building on this topic, two SCIEX customers, Derek Wilson from York University and Brett Larsen from Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System, joined the discussion, sharing details about their work, how it impacts the world and how SCIEX plays an important part. 

“We have collaborated with marketing and research groups at SCIEX over the past 20 years to use some of the challenges in our applications and samples to help assess the potential impact of new technologies and software they have developed and showcase the results,” said Brett Larsen. “There are amazingly bright and exciting individuals across all groups at SCIEX, and it has benefited our research as they have been directly involved in some of our projects.”

It was an insightful and inspiring event.