From multi-national corporations to SME’s, the PEI Bioscience Cluster boasts a diverse and dedicated workforce of local, national, and internationally-educated professionals who have chosen to work here. The number of bioscience-based companies has more than tripled in Prince Edward Island since 2008, with significant growth in business, revenues, employment, infrastructure, and investments. Most companies are located in the capital city of Charlottetown – the geographic hub of the PEI Bioscience Cluster.
- Animal Health
- Fish Health
- Human Health
- Industrial BioProducts – Clean Tech
- Plant Health
ADDiCAN is a feed additive company that provides solutions to select commercial poultry and cattle markets. ADDICAN is committed to supporting the animal feed market with the highest quality nutrition products that ensure growth enhancement, maximized production, maximized food utilization and a selective protection against pathogens which will aid in maximizing profit for its clients.
Advanced Extraction Technologies
Advanced Extraction Systems Inc. (AESI) designs, engineers and fabricates manual and fully automated supercritical fluid botanical CO2 extraction systems for the medical marijuana and hemp industries in North America. AESI has an exclusive manufacturing agreement with Diversified Metal Engineering Ltd. (DME) an innovative engineering and manufacturing company located in Prince Edward Island, Canada with over 25 years of manufacturing experience to build the systems in their state of the art CRN, ASME and ISO accredited facility.
Aqua Bounty Canada
AquaBounty is a small company with offices in Massachusetts and Fortune, Prince Edward Island. Founded in 1991, AquaBounty’s main goals are based on the belief that modern genetics, married with technological advances in aquaculture production, can spur a radically more responsible and sustainable way of farming Atlantic salmon. Research studies have shown that AquAdvantage® Salmon require 20-25 percent less feed than other farmed Atlantic salmon on the market today, which translates into less fish meal diverted to growout salmon. AquaBounty is committed to exploring and adopting the latest technological advances in fish nutrition, feed formulation, and feeding systems to minimize waste of this valuable resource and lessen our dependence on wild fish ingredients.
Ark Bio-Medical Canada Corp.
Ark BioMedical manufactures and sells microwave plasma defrosters for FFP. This technology offers many advantages over the traditional method of thawing blood, including: Decreased potential for microbial contamination, decreased plasma wastage, reducing the time plasma takes to thaw, reducing shock value during transfusion, and it is only one of its kind in the world that monitors the temperature of plasma during thawing.
Atlantech® Companies and its professional team of engineers, biologists and manufacturers are dedicated to supplying top quality engineering, design and project management services, specifically tailored to meet the unique demands of the aquaculture, fish and food processing industries. They design and manufacture water recirculation and effluent treatment systems.
Atlantic Agritech Inc
Atlantic AgriTech Inc. is an agricultural and environmental research and consulting company located in Prince Edward Island, providing contract agricultural and environmental research services to clients from across North America since 1991. Facilities include a GLP compliant office and field/laboratory space, as well as a complete line of farm and research equipment suitable for conducting a wide range of agricultural and environmental research studies.
Avivagen is developing and commercializing products that promote health in animals and humans. The Corporation’s unique OxC-beta™ technology is a proprietary, first-in-class source of B-carotene-oxygen copolymer compounds that confer a variety of non-vitamin A health benefits. These benefits have wide, global utility, including replacement of antibiotics in livestock feeds, as well as for food-production conditions where antibiotics cannot be used, and supporting good health in companion animals. Commercial OxBC formulations include OxC-beta™ Livestock premix for livestock feeds and Vivamune™ Health Chews supplements for companion animals.
BBSI Canada is a young and innovative start-up company founded and located in Charlottetown, PEI. The founding team comprises a business, scientific and engineering background and concentrates extensive experience in both research and development of industrial production processes and quality management consulting. We are supported by strong partnerships across excellent academic, scientific and governmental organizations. Together with our customers we improve existing processes and develop new products that meet the idea of sustainability.
Because Animals is a small company with a big mission: to create nutritious, sustainable, animal-free pet food using cultured meat. By developing novel approaches in green biotechnology applied to food production, we are making foods that are not only healthier for our pets, but are also safer for people and our planet.
BioSpa (Quann) Cosmeceuticals Inc. is a PEI company that manufactures and distributes a novel professional skincare line – Quannessence Skincare – botanical based technologies that improve skin conditions and assist in reducing the effects of aging. Several of the ingredients used in the products are derived from PEI based extracts and technologies.
BioTraceIT™ values the capacity to improve medical care and interventions by quantifying pain ultimately impacting quality of life and wellness. BioTraceIT™ focuses on novel technologies at the cutting edge of wearable health care. We deem new solutions as paramount to new paradigms. By measuring pain, we quantify wellness.
BioVectra Inc. is a leading bioscience business located in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, focused on contract manufacturing and product development of active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates, and bio-reagents. BioVectra is an industry leader in microbial fermentation, with 64,000 L of fermentation capacity.
CNS CRO (Contract Research Corporation) is a private, pre-clinical neurological disease specialty laboratory, offering a range of proprietary cell-based and animal models for pre-clinical evaluation of test compounds for neurodegenerative disease. CNS CRO also has extensive expertise in behavioural and cognitive assessment.
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Delivra Inc. is a privately owned company headed by Dr. Joseph Gabriele, the inventor of Delivra™. Delivra™ is a proprietary transdermal compound base that can be used as a natural, organic replacement for traditional synthetic creams to deliver medications when applied to the skin. It is designed to harness the body’s own processes to ensure greater depth of penetration in transporting healing substances. Delivra™ is the base compound in LivRelief™ and LivSport™ products – natural, no-side-effect topical pain relief and sports performance creams with proven pharmacological efficacy, which are produced and distributed by Delivra Inc.
Direct NutriSciences is a full service healthcare company based in Canada that offers complete marketplace solutions for pharmaceutical grade OTC and nutraceutical products. We have developed a reputation for producing the gold standard in product efficacy, manufacturing excellence and delivering the best value equation for our customers.
Diversified Metal Engineering Ltd.’s has a long history of custom design and fabrication of equipment for Brewing, BioTech, BioEnergy Industrial Food & Beverage, Water Treatment, Decor and Marine Applications. Located in Charlottetown, the manufacturing facility consists of 30,000 square feet of production area, with the latest technology applied throughout engineering, operations and fabrications. Integrated process systems are designed, fabricated, pre-piped, wired and tested on-site.
Dosecann Inc. is a PEI-based Licensed Dealer developing a suite of cannabis products across a variety of delivery methods for both the medical and adult use markets. They are currently completing the buildout of a 42,000 square foot GMP compliant facility in the PEI BioCommons Research Park in Charlottetown. Within the purpose-built facility, Dosecann will accommodate product development, extraction, formulation, filling and packaging.
FIGR – Canada’s Island Garden
FIGR is PEI’s only licensed cannabis producer located in the Charlottetown BioCommons Research Park. FIGR produces, processes and distributes cannabis-based products for the adult-recreational and medicinal cannabis markets. The facility is comprised of 24,000 square feet with two floors dedicated to growing and processing recreational and medical cannabis – with an expansion currently in the works.
GRW Laboratories Incorporated is a pharmaceutical research organization that specializes in the PEGylation of small molecules for medicinal development. GRW is developing proprietary small molecule drugs and also works with pharmaceutical organizations to develop second generation small molecule drugs with improved pharmacokinetics.
Halibut PEI has developed a next-generation aquaculture system, which is land-based, closed-containment – making their halibut production more efficient and environmentally sound than other forms of protein production. They also offer a far more bio-secure solution with dramatically reduced transportation costs.
HZPC Americas Corps
HZPC is a specialist in breeding, growing and marketing of seed potatoes, with a comprehensive range of new varieties available that meet requirements of modern lifestyles. The Company has undertaken an extensive program of variety trialing and introduction in most potato production regions of North America. HZPC Americas Corp. has a tissue culture laboraty for in-vitro plant propagation which forms the basis for seed potatoes grown by the best Canadian producers.
Island Abbey Foods Ltd.
Island Abbey Foods is an Island-based company that produces 100% pure honey-based products, such as the Honey Drop and Honey Delights. The Honey Drop is the world’s first pure, non-sticky honey that you can hold. It is also 100% all natural honey without any additives. The honibe® line of all natural honey products provide real health benefits using honibe® Technology. Under their honibe® platform, they offer innovative cough and cold products such as honibe® honey lozenges™ and a line of gummy multivitamins.
Island Water Technologies
Island Water Technologies (IWT) is a PEI (Canada) based company specializing in modular, renewably powered wastewater treatment. IWT aims to leave the smallest environmental impact as possible on the wastewater treatment process. The company brings together a unique partnership of world leading expertise in microbiology, environmental engineering, power management, controls, automation and manufacturing.
MicroSintesis is a new life sciences company focused on creating novel anti-infectives. By harnessing the natural defense mechanisms of probiotics, MicroSintesis is on the forefront of developing biotechnologies that fight antibiotic resistant bacteria and reduce the virulence of pathogens.
Nature’s Crops International
NCI is a premier supplier of organic, non-GM, and expeller pressed oils (Natures Crops Specialty Oils). They manage the supply chain of high value non-commodity products derived from specialty grown crops for a range of industries, including functional food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and specialty channels.
Nautilus Biosciences Croda
Nautilus Biosciences Croda is a technology-rich marine biotechnology company based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Founded in 2007 by Professor Russell Kerr, they focus on using marine microbial biodiversity to discover novel actives and materials. Croda International Plc, who creates, makes and sells speciality chemicals for some of the biggest, most successful brands in the world, recently acquired Nautilus – having worked closely together for the past six years developing specific applications for skin care and hair care, as well as crop care – Croda recently established Nautilus as the Croda Centre of Innovation for Marine Biotechnology at Nautilus’ existing base at the University of Prince Edward Island. Nautilus has exclusive global access to the Marine Microbial Library which is based at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Neurodyn utilizes a portfolio approach to identify, validate, and develop bioactives for neuroprotection and the early treatment of neurological diseases. Neurodyn identifies bioactive compounds within historically-proven natural treatments with the goal of validating therapeutic candidates and ultimately developing treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS and chronic nerve pain. Neurodyn’s unique insight into the discovery, validation, and development of new bioactive compounds comes from a strong development capacity based on international partners with demonstrated historical knowledge of natural compounds, in-house medicinal chemistry capability, and proprietary animal models of neurological disease.
NeuroQuest is a drug development company seeking new approaches to modulation of nerve transmission and promising clinical applications particularly for neuropathic pain. The company focuses on a first-in-class small molecule drug discovery platform which is based on bioactives discovered in plant extracts showing efficacy for neuropathic pain. NeuroQuest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neurodyn Life Sciences and a sister company of CNS|CRO, which provides highly predictive neurological animal models to the industry.
North Atlantic Organics Ltd (NAO)
North Atlantic Organics Ltd (NAO) is a producer and distributor of organic sea plant (seaweed) products that serve as mineral supplements to animals and plants. By using traditional methods of hand and horse raking seaweeds from the shores of PEI, as well as solar drying, fossil fuels are not burned and the quality of the product is preserved. The company is currently in the process of developing natural plant enhancement supplements that can be used as fertilizer for crops such as potatoes, cranberries, strawberries, soybeans and more.
Nutracelle is an innovative company focused on creating high-quality protein nutritional supplements for the health and wellness market in North America. The product was launched in 2016, and since that time, gross sales have reached well over $1.5 million. It took CEO, Melanie Wildman three years to develop a gluten-free and nut-free product that included prebiotic fibre to meet the nutritional needs of people who were trying to lose weight or maintain their weight loss. As a PEI BioAlliance Emergence client, Nutracelle has worked with BIO|FOOD|TECH and Canada’s Smartest Kitchen to develop additional natural and healthy products, including protein bars, smoothies, and baking mixes made in PEI.
Origins Xtraction Ltd.
Origins Xtraction Ltd. (OXL) was formed in 2012 to meet the demand for High Pressure Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) services, with plans to build an SFE facility on Prince Edward Island to enable the extraction of products from biological materials, agricultural and aquatic species, and microbes including, carrots, bacteria, algae, etc. The facility will use safe and environmentally responsible Carbon Dioxide solvent (CO2) to extract oils and concentrates used in many industry sectors.
PEI Potato Quality Institute
The PEI Potato Quality Institute is a not-for-profit organization consisting primarily of potato producers to provide testing, research and other related services in a timely and cost effective manner to potato growers. The Potato Quality Institute is the only lab on PEI accredited by CFIA and is one of five accredited in Canada.
Red Earth Cannabis
Red Earth Cannabis specializes in extraction and outdoor cultivation for cannabis and hemp ingredients with a strong focus on CBD production. We provide genetics to our local farming partners, work with them through the cultivation process, then take the product for extraction. Their retail line for CBD will be oils and capsules.
RPS was incorporated in 2015 to commercialize multiple advanced research projects. Its antifungal product, SaProtectTM, is currently undergoing trials for use in commercial aquaculture operations. The company has designed several DNA/RNAi vaccines, based on its own proprietary platform, to address infectious diseases in fish and animals. Currently RPS is developing a sea lice vaccine for salmon. In addition, RPS develops bioactive compounds for functional foods and is conducting testing of a new herbal dietary supplement for the nutraceutical industry.
Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Inc.
Sekisui Diagnostics P.E.I. Inc. is a global leading manufacturer and developer of in-vitro diagnostics products, focused on bringing general and specialty clinical chemistry reagents to diagnostics manufacturers and clinical laboratories worldwide. Based in Japan, the company purchased an existing bioscience company in Charlottetown which each year, produces 1.5 billion clinical chemistry tests in P.E.I. that are then shipped around the world. Sekisui was named one of Canada’s top 100 Employers in 2018.
Simini Technologies Inc.
Simini Technologies Inc. is a specialized pharmaceutical company that licenses veterinary rights to human health drug candidates to develop those products for animal applications. The focus of the business is to advance therapies for companion animals (dogs, cats and horses). Seven years of unprecedented investment and innovation in human health has created a field of new opportunities to identify potential drug candidates for animal health. Simini Technologies’ drug candidates will address chronic diseases associated with high prevalence, initially dermatology and pain management expanding to dry eye syndrome and muscular/bone atrophy.
Solarvest BioEnergy Inc.
Solarvest has proprietary technology that for the first time enables algae to produce hydrogen in a continuous cycle in a single vessel. Solarvest – in collaboration with leading university scientists – has developed and tested laboratory scale hydrogen production from genetically modified algae on a continuous cycle basis.
Somru BioScience Inc.
Somru BioScience Inc. is an emerging biotechnology company dedicated to developing breakthrough antibody technology for research, diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The company currently uses antibodies to generate reagents that will accelerate biosimilar research and development.
Stepscan Technologies Inc. is a Prince Edward Island-based technology company dedicated to improving lives with their patented Stepscan® Gait Analysis flooring system. This medical-grade equipment combines pressure sensitive electronic floor tiles and footprint tracking software that can be used to assess and rehabilitate patients with mobility impairing conditions. The technology’s capabilities also have exciting potential in the fields of health research, sports performance, military training, and biometric security.
Timeless Veterinary Systems Inc.
Timeless Veterinary Systems Inc., part of the Timeless group of companies, is a specialized tech company based in Charlottetown, PEI, with a focus on creating innovative web-based technologies for today’s veterinarian. Timeless has been developing HL7 / HIPAA compliant medical technologies for over 20 years and has been collaborating with veterinary academics and researchers since 2007 to port its medical technologies into veterinary medicine which started in Laboratory: creating VLA’s web based worldwide Quality System. Today our core expertise focuses in web / cloud-based management systems for referral practices, telemedicine and mobile specialists including Diagnostic Imaging (PACS & RIS), Radiology, Cardiology, Pathology, Dentistry, Nutrition, Laboratory, and others. Timeless also develops evidence-based applications for diagnosis and treatment in web, iOS and Android applications. The Timeless portfolio of products includes the Timeless Veterinary Telemedicine System, Timeless Veterinary Cloud PACS, Vet Drug Index and VPR Cloud drug reference applications.
Virotechnologies Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The company provides consulting services in animal virology techniques and specialty virus diagnostic tests, to develop new diagnostic tests and reagents for researchers and diagnostic laboratories as well as on-farm care tests for veterinarians and animal owners. Our competent research technicians have a broad range of scientific and technological experience to work on any animal virus system.