Life Sciences

British Columbia’s life science sector is a leader in the research and development of new therapies and products. Key areas of activity include HIV-AIDS, oncology, and genomics. Discover the life sciences products and services available to import from Canada.


British Columbia offers a diverse range of life science products and services from foundational research through to product development, testing, and commercialization. The offerings include:
  • clinical research
  • clinical testing facilities
  • coronary stents and other medical devices
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • food and drug processing technologies
  • bioenergy
  • forestry, agricultural and marine biotechnology


British Columbia’s strategic location and outstanding talent create a dynamic environment for the discovery, testing and development of new pharmaceuticals and devices.
  • An evolving network of research hospitals and universities partner with 50 research centres, creating a collaborative environment for the 8,500 employees working in the life sciences industry.
  • British Columbia’s cosmopolitan talent pool has global connections, opening doors to research opportunities and perspectives beyond the walls of local labs.
  • Situated in the Pacific Time Zone, research teams benefit from efficient and convenient business relationships with the scientific community in Washington State and California. They are also able to communicate with colleagues in both Asia and Europe during the same business day.
  • A steady stream of innovation flows into British Columbia’s industries, thanks to our excellent educational institutions. Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences Institute alone have founded more than 20 companies, and worked with local and global industrial partners to commercialize more than 80 technologies.

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