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Nova Scotia has business down to a science

Monday, June 23, 2014

Life Sciences in Nova Scotia is advancing biotechnology around the globe, producing innovative products, and giving scientists the best facilities to conduct their research. You'll find some of the most innovative life sciences companies in the world, right here in Nova Scotia - companies operating in the fields of: medical technology and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, digital health, natural health products, and bio-products.

As a centre of excellence in health research, the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the largest teaching hospital and adult academic health sciences centre in Atlantic Canada. Feeding this is Dalhousie University which is nationally recognized for medical education with a large variety of PhD and research programs. In fact, Dalhousie University is ranked 1 of the top 10 medical schools in Canada.

California-based biopharmaceutical research company, Biocycive, chose Nova Scotia for its research and development headquarters. Dr. Shalabh Gupta said there were many reasons for choosing to locate in Halifax, including the nearby universities. “One of the foremost reasons for moving to Halifax is to have access to some very highly talented people,” Gupta said. “That includes Dalhousie University, which is a great centre of scientific research.”

Nova Scotia also offers companies like Biocycive the infrastructure they need to conduct their work such as the $75 million research centre with incubator space for companies in life sciences. Canada also offers some of the world’s best research and development tax incentives with Nova Scotia offering top-ups.

Currently, more than 590 commercial products from Nova Scotia are sold in 80 countries around the world. Nova Scotia has the brightest minds. Nova Scotia based companies like Ascenta Health Ltd., Canada’s largest share of omega-3 supplements market; Acadian Seaplants, the world's largest manufacturer of seaweed-based specialty products, and Health Outcomes Worldwide, a world leader in mobile decision support for wound management, are all turning exceptional ideas into reality.

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