LIFE SCIENCES

JOIN THE PULSE OF INNOVATION

As one of North America’s top centres for life sciences and medical research, Toronto is advancing clinical and commercial innovations for better healthcare delivery and patient care. Conference and meeting planners will find unique opportunities for delegates to experience local collaborations, tour research centres, and meet innovators—from biopharmaceuticals to ground-breaking medical technologies.

36K

people working in medical research, biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals

$1 billion+

in research and development

53

of the world’s top 100 life sciences companies call Toronto home

37

research institutes

9

Teaching hospitals

16

of the top 25 global medical device companies call Toronto home

Find creative collaborations.

We welcome events that explore opportunities for industry-academic partnerships. Strong university and entrepreneurial programs and incubators include our downtown Discovery District that houses more than 30 diverse research institutes and facilities within a 10-minute walk.

ENGAGE LOCAL AUDIENCES

Toronto’s life sciences sector employs more than 36,000 professionals in paid research, pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical instruments and devices. Over half of Canada’s pharmaceutical companies are represented here, including 53 of the world’s top firms including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Johnson & Johnson with local operations.

SHARE IDEAS ACROSS BORDERS

One the world’s most multi-cultural cities, Toronto opens doors to visiting scholars and researchers. Organizers of the 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer, broke attendance records, drawing 7,300 researchers, physicians and specialists from 100+ countries. The Advanced Medical Technology Association will host its first meeting outside the U.S. in 2020, gathering 2,600 in Toronto.

A few of us from the downtown hospitals ran tours of our transfusion labs, research centres. At St. Michael’s, we hosted folks from Taiwan and Japan. Toronto General Hospital hosted representatives from Uganda. This was very much appreciated. Beyond the congress, we had an epic party at Polson Pier. I had a lot of positive feedback. . . Again, diversity and variety were the most common themes. People felt safe, accepted, welcomed

— Dr. Katerina Pavenski, Head of Transfusion Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and local Chair for the 35th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, June 2-6, 2018.