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".

LSO Editorial in National Post: A New Model for Health Care

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Advisory Panel notes that the healthcare products and services industry has the potential to create prosperity while helping Canada's healthcare systems to deliver higher quality or more cost effective care and Canadian patients to enjoy longer and better lives. In this regard, the Advisory Panel notes a number of important areas where more can be done.

For example, the Advisory Panel notes the potential for personalized or precision medicine to increasingly tailor diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to subpopulations and individuals. The panel calls for the commercialization of made-in-Canada precision medicine concepts and tools from the many Canadian researchers, and early- and later-stage companies working at the leading edge of this field.       

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Researchers hope $114-million grant will make Toronto a hub for stem cell research

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the coming revolution in regenerative medicine, Toronto has won a chance to become one of the worlds preeminent body shops, a place where made-to-order cells, tissues and organs are developed and manufactured to improve health and extend life.

Or so hope scientists behind a new University of Toronto-led research program dubbed Medicine by Design that has been awarded $114-million over seven years by the federal government the largest single research grant in the universitys history. The money will be used primarily to fund scientists and projects that will enhance a key segment of Canadas largest concentration of biomedical researchers.          

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BioSkills Recognition Program

Monday, July 13, 2015

For biotechnology or life science professionals that are new to Canada or have foreign credentials and experience, it can be difficult to prove they have the skills to work in Canada’s bio-­‐economy.  To help overcome this challenge, BioTalent Canada is introducing the BioSkills Recognition Program.            

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Mark Lievonen Receives Order of Canada

Monday, July 6, 2015

In an appointment announced by Rideau Hall on July 1, J. Mark Lievonen was named a Member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of his outstanding achievements, leadership and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of sustainable healthcare.
Marks appointment is made possible through nominations by close friends and colleagues, Dr. Calvin Stiller and York Centre MPP Monte Kwinter. Both commended Mark for his dedication to making a difference for all Canadians, citing his work with Sanofi Pasteur, the Sanofi Biogenius Challenge, and a number of organizations including the Markham-Stouffville Hospital, the Ontario Cancer Institute, and York University.

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