Hi, I'm Patrick.

I help life science technology companies grow through strategic user experience 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.

An engineering background has been really helpful throughout my design work, because the two concepts are closely intertwined. I hope that I can bring some fresh perspectives and ideas to help you address your user experience problems.

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!

Resume

Work Experience

User Experience Designer

Blackline Safety

2021 – Present

Blackline Safety makes portable gas detectors and area monitors for workers in high-risk environments. As part of the UX team, I help design software products to streamline users through processes, especially if they’re in time-sensitive situations.

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 graphic design, web design, and branding, but I have also worked on event coordination, program management, content creation, and UX design projects in the past.

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

Manager, Memberships and Partnerships (Contract)

BioAlberta

2015 – 2016

BioAlberta is the central voice and organizing hub for the life science industry 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.

2015

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

Executive Judging Committee Member

iGEM

2019 – Present

As a member of the Executive Judging Committee, I help make the overall judging experience better for both the iGEM teams and the judging panel, including revisions to the judging criteria and support for the judging panel at the competition.

Workshop Mentor and Judge

geekStarter

2014 – Present

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 the Alberta-centered “aGEM” competition.

Track Judge

iGEM

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.

Education

Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT)

University of Calgary

2013 – 2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), Bioinformatics

University of Calgary

2009 – 2013

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