Dr. Lorne Alan Babiuk, aged 74, was appointed as an independent Director on May 11, 2020 and redesignated as an independent non-executive Director on May 22, 2020. He is responsible for providing independent advice and judgment to our Board. Dr. Babiuk has more than 46 years of experience in teaching and research in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology. He was a professor of University of Saskatchewan and chief executive officer of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization of the University of Saskatchewan from 1973 to 2007, and a professor of University of Alberta from 2007 to 2019. His experience was widely recognized in the field and has received the Distinguished Microbiologist Award from the Canadian College of Microbiologists in 2011, the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations (GCHERA) World Agriculture Prize in 2016, the Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID) Fitzgerald award in 2018.
Dr. Babiuk obtained his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in science from University of Saskatchewan in Canada in May 1967 and May 1969, respectively, and a doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia in Canada in November 1972. He was also awarded Honorary Doctor of Science by Colorado State University in the United States, University of Guelph in Canada and University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2007, 2008 and 2014, respectively.