With more than 300 biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, British Columbia, Canada, has a diverse life sciences sector offering investment opportunities in life sciences products and services.
British Columbia's vibrant and growing industry is at the forefront of developments in drug development and clinical research, medical devices and diagnostics, simulation technologies, and regenerative medicine.
|B.C.'s biopharmaceutical and medical device companies
||More than 300
|Revenue in 2014
|Number of research centres in B.C.
Our strategic location, outstanding talent, and generous incentives and tax credits for research and development create an attractive environment for life sciences companies.
- World-class research hospitals and universities partner with 50 research centres, creating a dynamic, collaborative network for researchers.
- Cultural and recreational opportunities contribute to a high quality of life outside the lab – and a significantly lower cost of living than in key markets including San Diego, San Jose, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
- British Columbia’s diverse talent pool includes 8,500 employees working in the life sciences industry. Post-secondary institutions are training young people for future success in the sector.
- A steady stream of innovation flows into British Columbia’s industries, thanks to our excellent educational institutions. The University of British Columbia alone has founded more than 20 companies, and worked with local and global industry partners to commercialize more than 80 technologies.
- Research teams benefit from being in the same time zone as the scientific community in Washington State and California. Our strategic location means they can also connect with both Asia and Europe in the same business day.
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Life Sciences Sector Support
British Columbia’s life sciences sector offers opportunities for strong public-private partnerships facilitated by the close links that have been established between academia, industry and the government. Companies looking to find their next strategic partner in British Columbia find support from LifeSciences British Columbia, which represents the life sciences community and provides links between government, academia and industry.
The life sciences sector in British Columbia also benefits from access to our world-class centres of excellence.
- Advanced Applied Physics Solutions: This applied research facility develops and commercializes technologies emerging from worldwide subatomic research. It is an offshoot of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics at the University of British Columbia.
- Biomedical Research Centre: An interdisciplinary research centre.
- Brain Research Centre: A partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia to advance knowledge of the brain and explore new discoveries and technologies that have the potential to reduce the suffering and cost associated with disease and injuries of the brain.
- Canadian HIV Trials Network: A partnership of clinical investigators, physicians, nurses, people living with HIV/AIDS, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others that facilitate HIV clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards.
- Centre for Drug Research and Development: A national not-for-profit drug development and commercialization centre that provides expertise and infrastructure to enable researchers from leading health research institutions to advance promising early-stage drug candidates.
- Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics: Researchers at the centre explore the genetic basis of disease and translate this knowledge into new prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies.
- Centre for the Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF): Established in 2008, PROOF aims to discover, develop and commercialize biological markers (biomarkers) to diagnose, prevent and treat heart, lung and kidney failure.
- Child & Family Research Institute: An institute that researches children’s and women’s health issues.
- Discovery Parks: Developer of specialized research facilities, especially for start-up and post-secondary spin-off companies.
- Genome British Columbia: The institution’s projects have attracted over 300 major international co-funders and partner organizations, including multinational corporations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
- International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD): The largest spinal cord research centre in the world, ICORD helps drive neuroscience discoveries, along with British Columbia’s Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, Brain Research Centre and companies such as Allon Therapeutics, Neuromed and others.
- The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research: A support agency with a mandate to strengthen health research in British Columbia.
- Prostate Centre’s Translational Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development: Established in 2008, the centre conducts research to develop new services and products that reduce suffering and improve survival rates for patients with cancer.