Next Science & Business Workshop on March 30 features chemist Scott Tanner

Scott Tanner
Scott Tanner

The new Science & Business Workshop series hosted by the Faculty of Science brings experienced senior managers from a scientific industry setting to York University to discuss their experiences at the intersection of science and management.

Scott D. Tanner

The next workshop will take place on March 30, from 12 to 1:30pm, in Room 312, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts. Scott D. Tanner, co-founder of DVS Sciences/Fluidigm Canada, is the featured presenter. Tanner will discuss his experience transitioning from an academic to commercial setting and the differences between the two. As part of his remarks, he will suggest ways that students can prepare themselves for a career in industry.

As the president and CEO, Tanner saw the company through the development and commercial launch of its first products, securing of Series A financing, and the subsequent establishment of its facilities both in Markham, Ontario (R&D and instrument production) and its headquarters (commercial and reagents production) in Sunnyvale, California. He assumed the CTO position following the merger of DVS Sciences with Fluidigm Corporation in 2014, and retired from this post in 2015. He presently sits on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics and of Life Sciences Ontario and is an adjunct professor of chemistry at York University.

Prior to DVS Sciences, Tanner was the principal scientist with MDS Sciex, the analytical technologies division of MDS Inc. In his 25 years at Sciex, Tanner developed and helped to commercialize a string of mass spectrometry products. He has published more than 73 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and holds 19 US patents.

All are welcome to attend. An RSVP is required and can be submitted at