Life Sciences Ontario
Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) strives to be the unified Voice of Life Sciences in Ontario by representing the interests of the diverse life sciences community in the province through advocacy, education, facilitation of economic development and promotion of the industry locally, nationally and internationally. Together we are a strong, innovative sector with significant socioeconomic contributions to the province of Ontario. We hope you will consider joining LSO and help us to achieve our vision for Ontario'€™s life sciences sector - "Diversity of Members, Unity of Voice".

Cheaper isnt always better, and prescription drugs are no exception

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Earlier this month, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board published new regulations that could see drug prices cut by up to 20 per cent.

Taking a page from United States President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus government has adopted a reductive, fair-means-cheap pricing equation. The effects may be damaging for the pharmaceutical industry, Canadian innovators in life sciences, our patients, and the future of our health-care system.

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Life Sciences Ontario Announces Recipients of 2018 LSO Awards

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LSO today announced the recipients of its 2018 LSO Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals and companies contributing to the success of Ontarios life sciences sector. The awards will be presented during LSOs Celebration of Success Awards Dinner at Torontos Liberty Grand, February 28, 2018.

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Life Sciences Ontario Launches Blueprint for Coordinated Ontario Life Sciences Strategy

Friday, December 1, 2017

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) today released its Blueprint for a Coordinated Ontario Life Sciences Strategy, during its Annual Policy Forum at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto. The document is endorsed by leading provincial and national life sciences, health, and economic organizations.    

LSO’s Blueprint lays out a comprehensive plan and recommendations for government and policymakers to accelerate the success of life sciences – Ontario’s largest economic growth opportunity. It recommends a pan-government strategy with specific action around promotion of our sector, access to capital, talent growth, and support for innovation.  

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Ontario Names Molly Shoichet the Province's First Chief Scientist

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ontario has appointed Molly Shoichet to advance science and innovation in the province -- and to make government smarter and more effective by providing decision-makers with the world's best scientific research and evidence.

The Chief Scientist will advise Premier Kathleen Wynne directly on key scientific matters, demonstrating Ontario's ongoing commitment to grow our economy by investing in scientific research and promoting our world-class science both at home and to international audiences. Shoichet, a professor at the University of Toronto and a member of the Order of Ontario, will report to Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.

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The Case for a Canadian Health and Life Sciences Supercluster

Friday, October 20, 2017

The federal government recently announced the shortlist for its $950 million innovation superclusters initiative, with a notable omission: Out of nine proposals, not one is dedicated to health and life sciences governments single biggest budgetary challenge, our largest economic growth opportunity, and a priority for most Canadians.

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