One of the great advantages of doing business in Prince Edward Island is our collaborative business environment, with ready access to key decision makers and superior support services that help navigate companies to success. Our partners across business, research, and government share a common drive for discovery, innovation, and commercial achievement.
With these goals shared both provincially and within the bioscience cluster, The PEI BioAlliance has established a network of professional service providers connected to international networks, public and private funding, and investment opportunities. Solid infrastructure is in place for the future of our bioscience cluster businesses throughout their lifecycle via the construction of state-of-the-art research, manufacturing and scale-up facilities.
The PEI Bioscience Cluster is fast gaining increased recognition as a leading international centre for bioactives-based health product development. Fuelled by an abundance of natural resources and supported by an innovative and highly skilled collaborative research community, we’ve established key research and technical competencies that are central to the growth and development of cluster member companies, and vital to the attraction of new business and investments.
These competencies include:
- Natural Product Chemistry
- Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Manufacturing
- Fermentation/Extraction/Purification Systems
- Fish Health Product Development and Manufacturing (Nutrition and Vaccines)
- Animal Health Product Development (Nutrition, Health Protection)
- Human and Animal Health Diagnostics
- Functional Ingredient-Based Food Product Development/Manufacturing
- Contract Research Services
Our partners in business, research, and government share a common drive for discovery and innovation.
Building on that vision, The PEI BioAllinace continues to add to our state-of-the-art research, manufacturing and scale-up facilities.
The BioCommons Research Park is a $30 million campus-style facility spread across 65 acres. The park provides centralized manufacturing space and the technology and infrastructure to accelerate products through the development cycle and into the marketplace. Expansion of the BioCommons Industrial park continues to include new businesses, accelerators and incubators to help more companies commercialize state-of-the-art products.
PEI RESEARCH FACILITIES
The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is one of North America’s leading Veterinary training and research facilities, featuring nine leading centres of research expertise. A recently expanded 57,000-square-foot research complex provides additional space for AVC’s growing graduate studies and research programs, and contains a purpose-build SPF holding and lab area.
Adjacent to the AVC is the Regis & Joan Duffy Research Centre, housing the National Research Council Canada (NRC). This 55,000-square-foot research centre is home to over 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, providing access to critical infrastructure and tools, and benefiting from proximity to top-notch research teams.
A $7.5 Million expansion has added a 5,000-square-foot natural products extraction facility to the Bio Food Tech Centre in Charlottetown. The ISO-9001 certified facility contract provides lab and pilot plant-scale fermentation, extraction, isolation and purification services for bioactives used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, food products and animal health. A recently installed fermentation and downstream processing equipment suite is available to companies.
Canada's Smartest Kitchen (CSK) is a state-of-the-art facility that combines culinary arts with the science of food to create marketable food products. This 12,000-square-foot facility is used for the research, development and testing of expansive food product line products.