Recently Johnson & Johnson Innovation's JLABS embarked on a critical mission—a quest for the perfect innovation ecosystem and the finest scientific minds. After much exploration, they found everything they needed in Toronto, Ontario. JLABS @ Toronto will touch down in the spring of 2016 and make their home at MaRS Discovery District, occupying one floor of the West Tower.

The Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS Discovery District announced the partnership with Janssen Inc. in September, marking the first JLABS incubator outside of the United States.

Once completed, the 40,000 sq. ft. JLABS @ Toronto facility will join a network of leading life sciences centres based in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Houston.

The announcement firmly solidifies Toronto's position as a global epicentre of life sciences activity.

Toronto—a prolific life sciences community

"Toronto is home to a vibrant and prolific healthcare and life sciences community led by academic hospitals, world-class research institutions, top scientists, and a strong start-up ecosystem. For these reasons, Toronto is a natural choice for our first international expansion of JLABS," said Melinda Richter, Head of JLABS.

The excitement will continue building as we approach the 2016 launch date. Keep watching our Spotlights section for further updates.

Read the MaRS news release

Read the Government of Ontario news release

Read the University of Toronto article

Read more about JLABS

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October 16, 2015

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