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 clinical research and testing, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Discover the world-leading life sciences products and services available to import from Canada.


With over 300 biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, British Columbia offers a diverse range of life sciences products and services, from foundational research to product development, testing and commercialization. Key areas include:
  • Clinical research, including HIV-AIDS, oncology and genomics
  • Clinical testing facilities
  • Medical devices, from handheld diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems to rapid on-site diagnostic tests
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, including cell culture media, cell separation systems, instruments and other reagents and next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics
  • Medical technology, including advanced mobile digital solutions such as big data platforms and health applications for a more connected healthcare ecosystem  


British Columbia’s prime location and outstanding talent create a dynamic environment for the discovery, testing and development of new pharmaceuticals and devices.
  • A collaborative research hub.  British Columbia’s internationally-recognized research hospitals and universities partner with over 50 public and private research centres including several centres of excellence. The result is a dynamic, collaborative environment for research.
  • Exceptional talent.  British Columbia’s large, flexible and educated workforce of more than 123,000 across the broader tech ecosystem is well represented by young, diverse and energetic workers. This cosmopolitan talent pool has global connections, opening doors to research opportunities and perspectives beyond the walls of local labs. And British Columbia has a growing number of life sciences-related graduates.
  • Prime location.  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 can also communicate with colleagues in both Asia and Europe during the same business day.

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