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".


Life Sciences Ontario congratulates key partners, life sciences leaders invested into Order of Canada  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Life Sciences Ontario wishes to congratulate Mark Lievonen, President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, and Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let's Talk Science, on their investment into the Order of Canada, which took place in a ceremony in Ottawa last week.

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Reflections from Bloom Burton: Emerging trends in medtech, therapeutics & pharma

Monday, May 9, 2016

More than 60 of Canada’s hottest life sciences companies presented to a keen audience of US and international investors at the Bloom Burton conference last week in Toronto. There is no question that Canada is at a crucial inflection point for life sciences innovation in particular; how we handle this stage of growth will shape our sector’s economic success. As such, over the course of the conference, a few relevant themes emerged that deserve a closer look:

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Rebecca Yu, head of JLABS @ Toronto, joins Life Sciences Ontario Board

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Life Sciences Ontario hosted its annual awards gala on Feb. 24, 2016 at Toronto’s Liberty Grand, bringing together more than 400 leaders in Canada’s science and biotech community, including government, academia, and the private sector.

The event, which was attended by senior officials from all parties and levels of government, recognized individuals who have contributed to the sector’s success. It featured awards for lifetime achievement, public and community service, volunteerism, youth mentorship, and industry leadership. It also served to highlight the pressing need for change from policymakers, and from within the industry itself.

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Life Sciences Ontario gala highlights urgent need for leadership, policy change in Canada’s science and biotech sector

Friday, March 4, 2016

Life Sciences Ontario hosted its annual awards gala on Feb. 24, 2016 at Toronto’s Liberty Grand, bringing together more than 400 leaders in Canada’s science and biotech community, including government, academia, and the private sector.

The event, which was attended by senior officials from all parties and levels of government, recognized individuals who have contributed to the sector’s success. It featured awards for lifetime achievement, public and community service, volunteerism, youth mentorship, and industry leadership. It also served to highlight the pressing need for change from policymakers, and from within the industry itself.

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Accel-Rx/BDC make second portfolio investment in ScarX Therapeutics

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx), a Centre of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research (CECR), and its partner BDC Capital today announced their second joint investment in ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis).

Accel-Rx and BDC Capital, and other investors including MaRS Innovation, have invested a total of $2 million in ScarX. This investment will allow ScarX to complete a Phase 1 clinical trial of its lead candidate, SCX-001, in human volunteers to create better functional and cosmetic patient outcomes and position the company for its next round of financing.

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TO Health! Announces its Evolution and Summit to make Toronto Region Cluster Top 5 in 10

Tuesday, Feburary 2, 2016

TO Health! today announced its evolution and strategy to raise the profile of the Toronto Region Human Health and Sciences (HHS) cluster. The vision of the initiative is to make the Toronto region a Top 5 global health science cluster in the next 10 years.

With the support of its founding partner, Toronto Region Board of Trade, TO Health! became an independently governed promotion organization as of January 1, 2016. MaRS Discovery District is providing the legal and administrative functions for the initiative in 2016 as an in-kind contribution.

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