Life Sciences


Home to a dynamic life sciences sector

Nova Scotia's commercial life sciences cluster includes approximately 70 companies across a range of industries, from medical devices to biopharmaceuticals. The cluster is primarily based in Greater Halifax and is represented by BioNova, the Life Sciences Association of Nova Scotia.

Today, the sector is heavily export-focused, and has partnerships with numerous multinational biotechnology giants, including Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis, Merck Frosst, Amgen, Novartis, Schering Plough, Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, and Kytogenics Pharmaceuticals

Why choose Halifax?
  1. Acadian Seaplants, the world's largest manufacturer of seaweed-based specialty products;
  2. Ocean Nutrition, one of the world's largest producers of Omega-3 supplements;
  3. Ascenta Health, which has the largest share of Canada's Omega-3 supplements market; and,
  4. The National Research Council's Institute for Marine Biosciences, which imploys 120 scientists, technicians and support staff, and undertakes cutting-edge R&D with nutraceuticals and functional food companies.
  1. The National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics (Atlantic) (NRC-IBD Atlantic), focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment of brain illness, advancing the research and development of non-invasive technologies in medicine, and transferring R&D innovation to the clinical and commercial sectors;
  2. The Laboratory for Clinical Magnetoencephalography (MEG Lab), Canada's most advanced MEG lab, designed for "patient-friendly" research that accommodates the development of advanced diagnostics in neurology and psychiatry;
  3. The Biomedical MRI Research Facility (NRL), a multi-user laboratory equipped for a wide array of MRI studies with Industry;
  4. The Dalhousie University Neuroscience Institute, founded in 1990 to promote and coordinate research in neuroscience; and,
  5. The Brain Repair Centre, internationally known for its successful treatment of symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
life cost

  1. Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate
  2. Capital Investment Incentive and Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive.
  3. ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund
  4. ACOA's Business Development Program (BDP)
  5. NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  6. The Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program
  7. Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)

Notable Companies

Industry Voices

"There are only a handful of geographical locations that have the ingredients we need to make this kind of growth possible."

Stephen Otto                                                                                                      
Chairman of Elekta Neuromag

"We are excited to grow here in Nova Scotia and we see this province as an ideal location for our global business."

Marc St-Onge                  
President & CEO, Ascenta Health

"The cost advantages of doing business in Nova Scotia is proximity to New England made our decision to come to Nova Scotia an easy one."

Andres Heuberger                                                                                                   
President, ForeignExchange Translations


Recent Announcements

SmartCityNews Subscribe
Subscribe to our newsletter


Download the complete
Halifax Investment Profile 

Create a customized Halifax investment profile to meet
your business needs

Life Sciences News

Links & Downloads

Industry associations

Investors have a great story to tell


JP Deveau is the president of Acadian Seaplants


Elekta Neuromag chose Halifax to develop their brain imagery technology

 © Greater Halifax Partnership 

1969 Upper Water Street

Purdy's Tower II, Suite 2101

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 3R7

Telephone: 902.490.6000

Toll Free: 1.800.565.1191

Fax: 902.490.6010