Manitoba’s life sciences sector is continuing to grow – supported by resources that reduce business costs and help start-ups gain access to capital and other supports needed to bring new products from blueprint to market.

This sector consists of a cluster of activity in the following areas: medical devices; functional foods and nutraceuticals; bioproducts; health informatics and biopharmaceuticals. The industry is anchored by internationally-successful companies such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Intelligent Hospital Systems, Medicure Inc. and Cangene Corporation. Winnipeg also has one of Canada’s highest concentration of life science professionals, employed at a variety of established, highly-innovative and growing firms.

With 20,000 acres of prime industrial land, direct access to overnight international air cargo operations, and affordable labour and business costs, CentrePort is an ideal location for biotechnology growth and expansion.

Contact us to talk about growing your operation at CentrePort, and becoming part of Manitoba’s leading-edge biotechnology sector, which includes:

  • Western Canada’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing sector in Winnipeg, which includes four major pharmaceutical/medicine manufacturers: Cangene bioPharma, Apotex Fermentation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Vita Health Products.
  • The leading North American cluster for bioactive (functional) foods and natural health products ; and an emerging Canadian leader in biofibre processing and manufacturing due to a significant supply of biofibres (wheat, flax, hemp straw). 
  • A “centre of discovery that includes strong educational, scientific and R&D support such as the National Microbiology Lab (Canada’s only level 4 bio-containment lab), the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, the Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and the Smartpark Research and Technology Park (University of Manitoba).

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