Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), Celebrating 20 years

National Supporters


Sanofi Pasteur Limited has a long history of supporting science education at the post-secondary level. In 1994, we recognized the need to engage younger students in biotechnology education, and the initial SBCC program was run in conjunction with the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s first meeting in Canada. Since then, the program has expanded from Toronto to 13 events across Canada and has involved thousands of students. As lead sponsor of the SBCC, Sanofi Pasteur is proud to collaborate with partners in government, industry and academia to get high school students engaged in biotechnology.

Sanofi Pasteur Limited is Canada’s only full-scale vaccine company. We research, develop and manufacture a broad range of human vaccines right here in Canada. With over 1,000 highly-skilled employees, we are one of Canada’s oldest and largest biotech companies. (
Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. is the Canadian affiliate of the sanofi-aventis Group, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
Genome Canada is the primary funding and information resource relating to genomics and proteomics in Canada. Dedicated to developing and implementing national strategy in genomics and proteomics research for the benefit of all Canadians, it has so far received $600 million from the Government of Canada. Genome Canada’s main objective is ensuring that Canada becomes a world leader in genomics and proteomics research and educating Canadian youth about the exciting possibilities in genomics and proteomics research.

The National Research Council (NRC), the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development, recognizes that young Canadians need to understand the benefits of learning science for their future careers in a complex, technological society. NRC pursues science promotion activities in communities across Canada and publishes resource materials to promote awareness of science, technology and engineering to youth. For more information, visit

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to close to 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. Web site:

York UniversityYork University is a leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto – Canada’s most international city.

The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 55,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 250,000 alumni worldwide.

York’s 11 faculties and 28 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges.