Life Sciences

Advancing world-class health and life sciences R&D, innovation, and commercialization

Explore Halifax's Life Sciences and Health Sector

Halifax features a growing health and life sciences industry with major research centres, leading hospitals, and a vibrant post-secondary sector that supports R&D and commercialization.

More than 100 companies across a range of industries, from medical devices to digital health to bioproducts.

Emerging medical technology cluster bolstered by Halifax's IT strengths and vibrant innovation ecosystem.

A critical mass of students and scientists undertaking R&D in areas like neurology, multi-organ transplants, cardiology, and cancer research.

Heavily export-focused featuring partnerships with multinational biotechnology giants including Pfizer, Merck, Canada Ltd., Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.


I know the potential of the growing of Life Sciences on the east coast. I believe the Atlantic region will become a ‘life sciences Silicon Valley.’

- Ali Mousavi, Co-Founder & CEO, MOC Biotechnologie

The Halifax Advantage

Established tech and innovation ecosystem

with 2,000+ companies, ranging from startups to multinationals in the Halifax Innovation District.

Home to major research centres,

anchor institutions, and state-of-the-art incubator facilities such as the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Life Sciences Research Institute, the Brain Repair Centre, National Research Council, Genome Atlantic, and Innovacorp Enterprise Centre.

Easily access global markets

and do business across European, North American, and Caribbean time zones all on the same day.

World-class infrastructure

including fibre optic networks with gigabit connections, a self-generating power grid, and reliable, fast, and secure data transmission between North America and Europe through the EXA Atlantic and EXA Express transatlantic cables at >53 Tbps.

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Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

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Learn more about Halifax's life science sector, and discover why Halifax is the right location for your business.


Whether starting, relocating or expanding a business, you will benefit from a number of incentives at both the federal and provincial level to help you invest in Halifax. We’ll be glad to assist you in identifying the ones that best suit your needs.

Genome Atlantic

Through research competitions, Genome Canada provides up to 50% of project funding. Genome Atlantic has enabled nearly $100 million in research across Canada since its inception in 2000.

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Healthcare Venture Fund

The Healthcare Venture Fund allocates $270 million to develop innovations in precision medicine, biotech, and medical imaging. The fund is focused on supporting existing portfolio companies.

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Notable Players

  • ABK Biomedical

    A medical device company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative embolic therapies. ABK Biomedical recently raised a Series B round equal to C$40 million - the largest venture capital round ever in Atlantic Canada.

  • BlueLight Analytics

    Founded out of Dalhousie University in 2009, BlueLight Analytics aims to build technologies that improve light-curing outcomes globally and promote value-based care in dentistry. Today, BlueLight Analytics use data to make dental practices run as efficiently as possible.

  • Appili Therapeutics

    Matches novel drug development programs with clearly defined patient needs in infectious disease. Appili has built a pipeline of assets designed to address a broad range of significant unmet medical needs to address some of the most urgent threats to global public health.


Industry Associations and Organizations

After moving your business to Halifax get connected with groups of like-minded individuals through local industry associations and organizations. Expand your networks, gain access to the benefits and find solutions to industry problems together.



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