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  • Cape Breton life sciences employees make aerial vehicles that could save lives

Cape Breton life sciences employees make aerial vehicles that could save lives

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nova Scotia's thriving industries are attracting highly skilled professionals from all over the world to fill in-demand positions. The life sciences sector, for instance, has become more optimistic about the short term outlook, according to the latest Global CEO Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Recent advancements such as an increasing surge in confidence have brought people like Richard Van der Put and Stephane Sogne to Nova Scotia to work at Halifax Biomedical, according to The Chronicle Herald. The two professionals met at the life sciences firm, which makes 3-D, X-Ray scanners for medical purposes, and found they shared a similar passion.

Van der Put and Sogne wanted to start a company making unmanned aerial vehicles that could be outfitted with cameras, the source reports. Originally, the business model for SkySquirrel Technologies involved selling aerial photographs to customers, but its has since evolved into a better way to facilitate search-and-rescue missions.

"This is an emerging market," Van der Put, co-founder and research director, told the source. "The military market (for unmanned planes or drones) has taken off, and big companies have captured that. Our research tells us we should really focus on the search and rescue market."

Companies that have innovative product ideas and anticipate market growth should explore opportunities in Nova Scotia, a province that is rich in research and development opportunities.