A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning start-up companies, multi-national pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, and not-for-profit organizations.
Ms. Es Sabar joined The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Canada’s national drug development and commercialization centre, in 2009 as Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Affairs, leading its business functions, and successfully building an array of national and international alliances and strategic industry partnerships. In 2012, she then took on the role of President and CEO responsible for developing and executing on the overall strategic direction of the organization. Since Ms. Es Sabar joined CDRD, she has enabled new public and private sector support in excess of $90M, grown the organization with expanded national and international reach to include partnerships right across Canada, and in eight countries on five continents – firmly establishing its reputation as one of the world’s leading pre-clinical translational research centres. In this vein, Ms. Es Sabar was also appointed Founding Chair of the Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres in 2013, an association of international peer organizations dedicated to translating health research into new medicines, the formation of which she spearheaded.
Prior to joining CDRD, Ms. Es Sabar took on the role of leading BC Biotech in 2005, re-engineering and rebranding the organization to LifeSciences BC. As President, she led the organization to its greatest levels of success as a strong business development organization for the life science industry and the scientific research community. Ms. Es Sabar has also held senior management positions with international multinational companies, most notably as Director International Division, and later Director Marketing and Business Development at Connaught Laboratories Limited [Sanofi Pasteur] based in Toronto. Ms. Es Sabar also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a Vancouver medical devices company, Medsurge Medical Inc., and was the founder of two start-up companies including SAL Healthcare Limited, a leading organization in Kenya specializing in pharmaceutical marketing, distribution and healthcare consulting services. The company set new standards in the marketing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products in the region.