Hi, I'm Patrick.

I help life science and technology companies grow through strategic user experience, product, and graphic design.

About Me

I’m a scientist by training, having graduated from the University of Calgary twice—once in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences, and again in 2014 with a Master of Biomedical Technology.

During my undergraduate studies, my participating in the iGEM competition made me fall in love with synthetic biology, biotechnology, graphic design, and user experience design.

Since then, I’ve been a design guy, a sales guy, a marketing guy, a government advocacy guy, and a community engagement guy. But the core of everything I do (and still do) revolves around my love for both tech and design.

A background in science lends itself surprisingly well to design. At its core, science, engineering, and design revolve around solving problems. My goal is to help more scientists and engineers share their amazing ideas through thoughtful and responsible product design.

My passion is making life sciences and healthcare more user-friendly, and getting people excited about innovation. I’m always happy to connect with you!


Work Experience

User Experience Designer

Blackline Safety

2021 – Present

Blackline Safety makes portable, always-connected gas detectors and area monitors for workers in high-risk environments. As part of the UX team, I help design workflows, software tools, and device interactions to streamline users through their day-to-day work in high-risk environments.

Life Science Marketing Consultant and Designer

Patrick Wu

2017 – Present

My consulting work has connected me to many different clients, primarily working in life sciences and digital technology. My main services are user experience design and consulting, graphic design, desktop publishing, and brand development.

I continue to work on community development projects to build a robust and sustainable ecosystem for life science and technology innovation in Alberta.

Manager, Memberships and Partnerships (Contract)


2015 – 2016

BioAlberta is the central voice and industry advocate for the life sciences in Alberta. I managed and maintained connections to over 140 member companies, learning about their specific business and advocacy concerns and helping to shape programming and initiatives to help them.

I helped recruit over 20 new members and partners over the year, increasing membership revenues by over 20%. To support those companies, I also helped raise over $50,000 of sponsorship for programs and events.

Sales and Account Manager

Synbiota Inc.


I researched sales leads for a synthetic biology startup that produced educational toolkits that allowed students to engineer their own bacteria and learn about biotechnology. I also provided technical support for early adopters and beta testers that we sponsored at the iGEM competition using our platform.

Volunteer Experience

Member, Medicine Alumni Advisory Committee

University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

2020 – Present

The MAAC is a committee of alumni from all programs in the Cumming School of Medicine. We are responsible for evaluating and selecting recipients for the Alumni of Distinction Awards each year for distinguished graduates of the School, and to celebrate their contributions to medicine and society.

Judging Committee Member, Steering Group


2019 – Present

I help make the overall judging experience better for both the iGEM teams and the judging panel. The Committee is responsible for making revisions to the judging criteria and training and supporting the judging panel at the competition.

Workshop Mentor and Judge

Tech Futures Challenge, MindFuel

2014 – Present

Formerly known as “geekStarter,” the Tech Futures Challenge is a hands-on STEAM education program for high schoolers and undergraduate students, including teams competing in iGEM. I have mentored high school and undergraduate iGEM teams from across Alberta at various workshops aimed to prepare them for the competition. I have given a number of talks on applying graphic design theory to presentations and websites (“wikis”), and have also judged at local TFC pitch challenges.

Track Judge


2013 – 2018

As a former iGEM student, I had the pleasure of being invited to be part of the judging team at iGEM starting in 2013. Each year I go back to see the amazing work and creativity coming from young innovative synthetic biologists.

In 2018, I had the great honour of winning the Best Veteran Judge prize at the iGEM Giant Jamboree.


Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT)

University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

2013 – 2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), Bioinformatics

University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

2009 – 2013

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