PEI has done an excellent job at supporting the traditional economy while creating the right conditions for the growth of the new economy. It helps to have a roadmap to development and the PEI BioAlliance has been very instrumental in facilitating this process for our company.
Chief Operating Officer
Solarvest BioEnergy Inc.
The BioAlliance partners in business, research, and government share a common drive for discovery and innovation. Building on that vision, we are constructing state-of-the-art research, manufacturing and commercialization facilities, with lots more to come.
Infrastructure is a major part of our growth. In 2011, the Province of Prince Edward Island created the BioCommons – an Industrial park with centralized manufacturing space for companies. Moving forward, the PEI Bioscience Cluster would like to expand the physical infrastructure to include accelerators and incubators to help more companies commercialize new products.
PEI RESEARCH FACILITIES
Since opening it doors in 1986, the Atlantic Veterinary College has been one of North America’s leading Veterinary Colleges. Researchers have recently moved into a new 57,000 sq. ft research complex that, in addition to 12,000 sq ft. of new laboratory space, provides additional space for AVC’s growing graduate studies and research program. It also contains a purpose-built SPF holding and lab area.
Located nearby in the Regis & Joan Duffy Research Centre at the University of PEI campus is the National Research Council Canada.This 55,000 sq. ft. research centre was opened in 2007 and is home to close to 100 scientists and support staff, including researchers from the NRC, Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, visiting scientists, post-doctoral and graduate students, and industry partners.
Early stage private sector companies occupy the Industry Partnership Facility within, where they have access to critical infrastructure and tools, and benefit from proximity to top-notch research teams.
A $7.5 Million expansion has added a 5000 sq. ft natural products extraction facility to the Bio Food Tech Centre in Charlottetown. Funded by federal, provincial and private sector partners, the ISO-9001 certified facility provides the platform technology for extracting.
And in November 2009, Canada's Smartest Kitchen, a state-of-the-art facility that combines culinary arts with the science of food to create marketable food products opened in Charlottetown. The 12,000-sq. ft. facility is used for researching, developing and testing products for the company's expansive food product line.
PRIVATE COMPANY FACILITIES
BioVectra manufactures advanced pharmaceutical ingredients, advanced intermediates and bioprocessing reagents and currently operates three Charlottetown facilities. The largest is the 33,500 sq. ft Regis and Joan Duffy Biopharmaceutical Center for cGMP manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, advanced intermediates, pre-clinical and clinical trial supplies. BioVectra operates a Bioextraction Facility at the West Royalty Industrial Park, as well as the 20,000 sq. ft. Douglas J. Hennessy Biochemical Centre for fine chemical synthesis and natural product extraction.
Novartis operates the Animal Health’s Center for Aqua Research and Development facility in Victoria, PEI. The world-class R&D facility is looking into new and innovative vaccine solutions for preventing and controlling disease-causing pathogens in farmed fish. The Switzerland-based company has expanded its operations in PEI, with two more vaccine production facilities located in the West Royalty Business Park near Charlottetown.
Technology Crops International is a premier supplier of conventional as well as organic, non-GM, and expeller pressed oils. In late 2011, they completed construction of a bio-refinery in Kensington, PEI that extracts oils from specialty seeds.