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".

Ontario Supporting Growth of Life Sciences Businesses

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ontario is moving forward with a venture capital fund to help life sciences firms access the capital they need to grow their business, create jobs and compete globally.

The Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC), an agency that manages the province's venture capital equity interests, has issued an expression of interest to identify fund managers to partner with other institutional investors such as corporations, banks and pension funds.

[Read more here]

Building Bridges in 2018 and Beyond to Accelerate our Life Sciences Sector  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2017 was a year of paradox for Ontarios life sciences sector. We encountered significant roadblocks but we also experienced a surge of momentum. There is a sense of optimism regarding the future of life sciences in Ontario, but an equal sense that there is much work still to be done.

The challenges we faced can largely be summed up with one phrase: a pervasive sense of disconnect between industry and government. It was a wake-up call when the federal government designed a supercluster strategy with no dedicated life sciences project despite our status as one of Canadas largest economic growth opportunities. We watched as other sectors namely advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and IT were bolstered with funding, programs, and publicity.

[Read more here]

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.

[Read more here]

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.

[Read more here]

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.  

[Read more here]

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.

[Read more here]