OBIO Launches the Health 2 Business Bridge H2BB Program Improving Access to Business Trained Talent in Ontario’s Health Science Industry

OBIO hosted its Annual Public Meeting with the theme centered on “Bridging the Access to Talent Gap” at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP yesterday. The OBIO Annual Public Meeting provided a platform to highlight OBIO’s accomplishments made in 2016, upcoming initiatives for 2017 and an opportunity to hear from Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Cristina Martins and Members of the OBIO MPP Health Science Caucus, MPP Shafiq Qaadri and MPP Bill Walker, who welcomed networking with over 60 health science industry professionals.

OBIO’s ongoing dialogue with industry has identified access to industry ready business talent as a challenge for health science companies seeking to scale up and commercialize their technologies.
— Gail Garland, CEO, OBIO

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OBIO® Report: Canadian health industry competitive but doesn't stand out

OBIO is a not-for-profit organization committed to the development of an integrated health innovation economy for the province. Its report, How Canada Should be Engaging in a $9 Trillion Dollar Health Economy, was based on surveys and interviews with 125 CEOs of health science companies around the country. It makes recommendations aimed to ensure Canadians get the economic and patient benefits from being competitive in the global health market.

Federal Budget Misses Opportunity to Scale and Grow Health Science Companies

The 2016 Federal Liberal budget contains funding to support a much needed Innovation Agenda and promises to build globally competitive companies. At the same time the majority of this funding is directed to incubators and accelerators, granting councils and public institutions to support basic research. In order to compete in the $9 trillion global health science economy, Canada needs to devote financial resources to health science companies at the next stage of development by investing in scale up, job creation and revenue generation. 

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Biotechnology Focus article: OBIO® receives investment from the government of Canada to boost investment opportunities and strengthen innovation for Ontario’s commercial bioscience cluster

On May 22, 2015, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West John Carmichael, along with Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore Bernard Trottier announced an investment of up to $3.894 million to support the Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization’s (OBIO®) efforts to boost investment opportunities for Ontario companies and strengthen innovation for Ontario’s
commercial bioscience cluster.

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