Expertise in health and life sciences is a core component of the region’s thriving economy. With a high concentration of top-notch facilities, research and development (R&D) institutions, government-backed initiatives and local talent, the region is breathing new life into the health sector.
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is the headquarters of Alberta Health Services (AHS), making it a strategic location for health-related companies looking to locate to Alberta. AHS is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to more than 4 million Albertans. Its annual operating budget exceeds $14 billion.
In April 2016, the City of Edmonton announced an initiative to prioritize health innovation and build Edmonton as “Canada’s Health City.” The strategy aims to create an ecosystem that attracts and retains health-related talent, increases access to capital for health-related projects, and accelerates commercialization of local health technology and research.
Edmonton is home to several hospitals and leading health research institutes — the majority of which are connected with the University of Alberta — specializing in diabetes, virology and cardiology. Some of these institutes include:
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is the perfect incubator for innovation in the health and life sciences sector. An unrivaled network of research facilities and funding opportunities paired with leading minds allows for exciting breakthroughs. These advancements are complemented by regional strengths in artificial intelligence, high-tech, and advanced manufacturing, where collaborative efforts lead to profound discoveries in the medical field.
Alberta Innovates is a publicly-funded corporation with a mandate to support and accelerate research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Alberta. Through their health division, they deliver funding and support to transform the health and wellbeing of Albertans through research and innovation.
A member-driven association that represents and promotes the province's vibrant and diverse life sciences industry. BioAlberta is dedicated to Alberta's life science sectors locally, nationally and internationally.
Genome Alberta is a publicly-funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. They strive to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and bioethics research in Alberta.
TEC Edmonton is one of the leading incubators of innovative companies in the health field. TEC’s Health Accelerator initiative aims to assist at least 50 new healthcare company clients over the next 5 years and to broker 12 major financing or partnership deals for those clients.
The University of Alberta has one of the largest pharmacy and pharmaceutical science facilities in Canada. UAlberta has many established corporate partnerships with research facilities in the region contributing talent, funding, and equipment.
IHE is an independent, not-for-profit organization with key competencies in health economics and decision analytic modelling, health technology assessment, and knowledge transfer and exchange. The institute plays a vital role in linking researchers with health data across academic, private, and public sectors.
Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC) Lab brings together researchers and clinicians to advance prosthetic care through robotics and machine learning. Major projects include building custom prosthetic prototypes, improving myoelectric prostheses that mimic human motion, developing assessment tools for industry, and using machine learning to help restore human abilities lost due to amputation.