The annual BIO International Convention – being held this year in San Francisco from June 6-9 – is expected to attract more than 15,000 delegates from the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. Once again, the province of Ontario will have a major presence at BIO, with its exhibitors representing some of the world’s leading research centres, universities, technology incubators, and biotech start-ups.

The Newest Bright Shiny Thing: The Challenge of True Innovation

Ontario's Chief Health Innovation Strategist, William Charnetski, leads a distinguished panel to shed light on what it really means to be innovative in the life sciences industry. Mr. Charnetski will discuss how new approaches to collaboration, deal and financing structures are shaping the innovative culture of the industry, while focusing on intriguing examples of Ontario industry leaders that are creating and sustaining innovation. Ontario is the exclusive sponsor of this Special Program and its panel of thought leaders. Event details: Monday June 6, 2016 from 2:30-4:00pm, Room West 3011

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2016 BIO International Convention list of Ontario Pavilion exhibitors

Located within the Canadian Pavilion, Ontario’s exhibit presence at the 2016 BIO International Convention will showcase: the City of Mississauga; Clinical Trials Ontario; Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT)/ The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR); Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga; Life Sciences Ontario, MaRS Discovery District, MaRS Innovation, Ontario Brain Institute, Ontario Centres of Excellence and TOHealth!

Government of Ontario

In addition to its impressive record of life sciences “firsts”, Ontario is renowned for its highly skilled and reliable workforce, innovation ecosystem, proximity to market, competitive business costs, and high quality of life. Ontario’s life sciences sector is the largest in Canada, bringing in $39 billion in revenue while employing 61,000 people among the 1,900 firms operating.

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The City of Mississauga

Located within Ontario’s Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Mississauga is a well-connected, global leader in the life sciences sector. Home to more than 400 life sciences companies and employing over 25,000, Mississauga is Canada’s second-largest life sciences cluster. With close ties to educational institutions, industry and a supportive ICT sector, Canada’s sixth most populous city offers an environment where businesses can collaborate, innovate and grow.

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Clinical Trials Ontario

Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) is an independent not-for-profit that works collaboratively with the clinical trials community to leverage Ontario’s clinical research capabilities, which draws upon nearly half of Canada’s clinical research personnel and is supported by the only ‘top five’ academic research laboratory located outside of the United States or the United Kingdom. Forty-eight hospital/university sites across Ontario have joined the CTO system since it was established with the support of the Government of Ontario in 2012, to attract clinical trial investment to the province, while supporting the highest ethical and quality standards. All ten of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies are already performing trials in Ontario.

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Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT)/ The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)

The OICR is developing innovative cancer therapies while partnering with FACIT to expand awareness of Ontario's oncology expertise, network and assets. Mirroring the complexity of the disease, translational cancer research is evolving toward more multi-institutional, collaborative efforts and this is reflected by OICR's vast network. OICR continues to cultivate a growing number of high profile partnerships and transactions completed by their commercialization partner, FACIT.

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Institute for Management and Innovation at University of Toronto Mississauga

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)'s Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) is leveraging the knowledge and expertise of faculty, staff and community partners to support Mississauga's renowned life sciences sector. UTM IMI draws upon the University of Toronto's tradition of excellence in studies including management, accounting, biotechnology, innovation and strategy and sustainability, empowering leaders to drive growth in Mississauga's economy.

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Life Sciences Ontario

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) is a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with governments, academia, industry and other life sciences organizations to encourage growth and success of Ontario's diverse life sciences sector. It helps to develop high-skilled labour while building new business opportunities through a wide range of educational and networking events, and is committed to promoting Ontario's life sciences sector and the Ontario-Quebec life sciences corridor locally, nationally and internationally.

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MaRS Discovery District

As one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs, MaRS Discovery District brings together researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts all under one roof. MaRS is home to more than 3,500 employees from more than 150 companies, and supports 300+ emerging health companies from various sectors including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer health and wellness and digital health.

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MaRS Innovation

MaRS innovation specializes in early-stage seed investing that emerge from their 15 partners – 14 of Toronto's top universities and research institutes as well as MaRS Discovery District. MaRS Innovation has an intellectual property portfolio that receives over $1.47 billion in Canadian research funding each year, and receives support from its 15 partners and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

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Ontario Brain Institute

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is a provincially funded not-for-profit research centre. OBI carries out a variety of initiatives, with the underlying goal to improve the brain health of Ontario's citizens while developing the province into a world-leader in brain research, commercialization and care. Its research programs focus on cerebral palsy, epilepsy, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease.

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Ontario Centres of Excellence

As a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), Ontario Centres of Excellence collaborates with industry to help commercialize innovation that is a product of Ontario's colleges, universities, research hospitals, investors and government. OCE focuses on sectors that offer the greatest potential to improve the economy, deliver prosperity to its citizens and drive global competitiveness. These key sectors include advanced manufacturing, digital media, information communications technologies and advanced health technologies.

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TO Health!

TO Health! is an industry-led cooperative aimed at raising the profile of Toronto's Human Health and Sciences (HHS) cluster, by highlighting its strengths and successes while giving recognition to industry leaders based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With the goal of attracting more risk capital, corporate investment and qualified talent, TO Health! also assists other groups in their efforts to promote the GTA as a great place to live, work and invest.

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