The story of the Ontario life sciences sector is one of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The province’s high concentration of research institutions and life sciences businesses has created the ideal climate for major advances in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical spaces. We spoke to industry insiders with their fingers on the pulse to learn what makes the Ontario life sciences sector tick.

REZA MORIDI
MINISTER OF RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

Ontario’s life sciences sector is a community of dynamic change and growth.
We spoke to Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science to get a read on the sector’s economic progress.


Synaptive Medical Brings Innovation to the Neurosurgery Space

By HERMIONE WILSON

This year’s Life Sciences Ontario Awards Gala saw Synaptive Medical recognized as Company of the Year. The Toronto-based medical device company is dedicated to bringing innovation into the brain surgery space by improving on surgical equipment and streamlining robotic and data systems through new technology.

BONNIE CROMBIE
MAYOR, MISSISSAUGA, ON

These are exciting times for Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, ON. She is at the helm of one of Canada’s largest cities, a city that has a rich history involving the life sciences. She is also leading the charge to, in her words, “create a sustainable environment that supports and nurtures scientific breakthroughs and medical innovations that will benefit the world.”

BioTalent Canada’s New Employee Recognition Award

By BIOTALENT CANADA

For many biotechnology companies, the decision to hire a new graduate is often a tough one. Adding a talented, willing-to-learn member to the team builds capacity and can accelerate the achievement of business goals. But the cost of a new salary–and of integrating an inexperienced worker into the company–is often an obstacle.

In 1989, Montreal-born researcher Dr. Judes Poirier discovered a possible risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease while working at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Consortium of Southern California.








CANADIAN NEWS

FUNDING FOR AGING RESEARCH

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation announced on April 3 the launch of its Knowledge Mobilization Partnership Program, KMP2.

MAJOR DRUG POLICY CONFERENCE TO SET AGENDA FOR REFORM

In April, 120 drug policy leaders from across Canada, the Americas and Europe convened in Ottawa for Canada’s Drug Futures Forum to look at the future of Canada’s domestic and international illicit drug policies.

WHALE BREATH REVEALS BACTERIA THREAT

Droplets and exhaled breath caught from the blowholes of endangered southern resident killer whales along the Pacific coast are providing scientists with insights into whale health and revealing bacteria and fungi that may be a threat to the mammals.

UBC INVENTION USES BACTERIA TO PURIFY WATER

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water was tested in April prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond.

WORLD NEWS

DEPRESSION TOPS CAUSES OF ILL HEALTH

According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

BRAZIL WORKS TO CONTROL YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK

Brazil is carrying out mass vaccination campaigns for yellow fever in the states of Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, while strengthening surveillance and case management throughout the country since an outbreak in January.

CRESSET AGREEMENT TO SPEED DRUG DESIGN

Cresset, provider of software and contract research services for small molecule discovery and design, signs three-way strategic agreement to speed up drug design.

DNA IN WATER DETERMINES ARRIVAL OF FISH

For the first time, scientists have recorded a spring fish migration simply by conducting DNA tests on water samples. Environmental DNA (eDNA) strained from samples drawn weekly from New York’s East and Hudson Rivers over six months last year, revealed the presence or absence of several key fish species passing through the water on each test day.