Life Sciences

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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
  • bioproducts

Nova Scotia's life sciences industry has the right ingredients for your growth and success.

  •  You'll have access to a well trained workforce - among the most educated in North America.

  • Support services are in place for your business - ranging from incubation to technological assistance and funding programs.

  • Great transportation infrastructure means easy access to the major markets in the US and Europe.

  • You can take advantage of our generous R&D tax credit programs.

  • You'll enjoy competitive costs compared to other North American locations.

Did you know?

  •  Nova Scotia hosts a $70 million Life Sciences Research Institute that provides research and incubator space for companies and researchers in the life science sector

  • The QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax is the largest teaching hospital in Atlantic Canada and is recognized as a centre of excellence in health research.

  • Located in Halifax, the IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases and is home to many leading research centres.

  • Halifax is home to the Brain Repair Centre, which is internationally known for its successful treatment of symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

  • Dalhousie University is ranked one of the top 10 medical doctoral universities in Canada.

  • The Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC) provides research-focused imaging capabilities to industry, clinicians, and academics, and is the top source of research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in Canada.

  • Nova Scotia based Ascenta Health Ltd. has the largest share of Canada's omega-3 supplements market.

  • Nova Scotia based Acadian Seaplants is the world's largest manufacturer of seaweed-based specialty products.

  • Nova Scotia based Health Outcomes Worldwide is a world leader in mobile decision support for wound management.

Read more to learn about incentive programs for your business.


Life Sciences Research Institute Opens in Halifax