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 responds to Throne Speech with recommendations to boost Ontarios life sciences sector

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) applauds the Government of Ontarios commitments to education, job creation, and a strong economy within yesterdays Throne Speech. However, the Province must also urgently address policy surrounding our life sciences sector to ensure Ontario's economic success.

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Less consultation, more capital: Setting Canadian innovation on a path to success

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The federal government recently launched consultations to develop a Canada-wide innovation agenda. Each year, there are dozens of conferences, symposia, and surveys consulting our knowledge industries. The government wants to know how to translate our strengths in science and technology into jobs and economic prosperity. Time and time again, the answer comes back: Our entrepreneurs need money. Access to capital is the key.

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The opportunity is enormous: LSO President Jason Field on the future of Canada's life sciences sector

Monday, August 29, 2016

Life Sciences Ontario President & CEO sat down with ExportWise to discuss challenges and opportunities in our life sciences sector. The biggest roadblock to growth, he says, is access to risk capital.

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Taking Canadian innovation to the next level: Challenges facing Ontario's life sciences sector

Friday, July 1, 2016

By Jason Field, President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario

In June 2016, the federal government kicked off consultations on a nation-wide innovation agenda, citing an urgent need for bold action to secure our future prosperity. While traditional industries remain important, we need to diversify our resource-based economy. We must up our game to remain competitive.

Canada — and, in particular, Ontario — is recognized internationally for the quality and quantity of its scientific output. Our investment into research and higher education has paid dividends: Ontario is among the top three North American jurisdictions for life sciences. Conservative estimates put our sector’s annual revenues at $40.5 billion, directly contributing $21.6 billion to Ontario’s GDP.

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BIO2016: Showcasing Ontario innovation to the world

Monday, June 13, 2016

LSO coordinated Ontario's presence at the BIO International Convention in San Francisco from June 6-9, in conjunction with the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

To give an idea of the scope and impact of this convention, BIO2016 was attended by approximately 16,000 delegates from 76 countries, and facilitated a record 35,700 partnering meetings. Ontario was strongly represented, with more than 250 delegates from approximately 100 companies and organizations.

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