James M. Piret is a professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in applied mathematics to biochemistry and a chemical engineering doctoral degree from MIT. At the University of British Columbia since 1989 his research focus has been on process and device technology for mammalian cell culture therapeutic protein or cell production. This multi-disciplinary research ranges from bioreactor engineering to molecular biology, often including collaborative work with biologists and industry. As the founding bioengineering theme leader of the Canadian Stem Cell NCE, Piret served as the leader of multiple projects. Since 2014 he has been the leader for bioengineering of CellCAN, a network of 5 major cell therapy facilities established across Canada. His recognitions range from a Teaching Excellence Award from students, to an Excellence in Service Award from the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, and the Cell Culture Engineering Award from the Engineering Conferences International.