Life Sciences

Grow Stronger: Health and Biotech

Winnipeg is a remarkable centre of discovery. Delve into synergies among biotechnology, agriculture and life sciences and you’ll understand why. Case in point: the National Microbiology Laboratory is the only Level 4 bio-containment lab in the country, one of an elite group of just 15 such centres around the world. We’re also host to the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, the Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine, and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

On the private side, local innovators have twice been honoured since 2010 with a prestigious Manning Innovation Award for their groundbreaking work in life sciences, and we’re the leading pharmaceutical manufacturing centre in Western Canada. All of this innovation is built on a solid research foundation comprised of the University of Manitoba, about 40 R&D institutions and a growing number of private-sector firms.

Health and biotech organizations grow stronger in Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg’s successful life sciences industry benefits from the city’s bio-commercialization resources, business incubators and among the lowest factor costs in North America. A highly supportive provincial government is an active industry partner, helping biotechnology start-ups gain access to capital and offering a variety of support resources.   

The sector is comprised of clusters of businesses in five key life science subsectors:

Over the past 20 years, entrepreneurs within Winnipeg's biotechnology cluster have created more than 25 globally successful companies, including Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Intelligent Hospital Systems, Medicure Inc. and Cangene Corporation. 

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