Collaborations & Support
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is a valuable funding partner and an organization that works to create opportunities for economic growth for Atlantic Canadian businesses. ACOA works with business leaders, government officials and communities to help business start-ups, build physical infrastructure as well as representing the Atlantic region’s interests at the national level in areas such as policy development, research and analysis.
Through BIOTECanada's national network of partner organisations, they inspire Canada's domestic and international community to recognize the value of biotechnology and to provide solutions to the challenges faced by biotech firms today. The University of Prince Edward Island (location of the CHBMR) is a member of BIOTECanada.
UPEI's executive-style MBA program offers students a unique and valuable opportunity to advance their education while continuing to work. In the biotechnology steam of the MBA program, students gain a valuable combination of knowledge and skills in the business of science. The program focuses on the complexities of commercialization, as well as the ethical and regulatory issues that face the biotechnology industry. Graduates of this specialization stream are well-equipped to develop and manage new ventures and small businesses or to work in the public and private sectors in the business of biotechnology/science fields. The CHBMR collaborates with these MBA students on educational and training opportunities.
The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to improving health and health care by advancing the quality, relevance, and application of research on health services and health policy. As the largest and most diverse association of its kind in Canada, CAHSPR provides members with unique opportunities for networking, research collaboration, and career advancement. The CHBMR's director, Dr. Juergen Krause, is a member of the CAHSPR.
Dr. Steven Casper is the Director of the Bioscience Program at the Keck Graduate Institute in California and has very valuable experience in biocluster research. Dr. Casper and the CHBMR collaborated on a local biocluster survey and continue to work together on research related to biotechnology cluster development.
Innovation PEI is focused on advancing economic development in Prince Edward Island by investing in people, innovation, and infrastructure, and as such, is also a valuable funding partner. Innovation PEI offers programs that promote small business development, business improvement and expansion, employment creation, research and innovation and trade and market access. Innovation PEI is committed to fostering strategic partnerships with industry, academia and other government agencies to develop a more prosperous and vibrant economy that is able to flexibly adapt to a changing world.
The National Research Council Canada Institute for Nutrisciences and Health (NRC-INH) is located on UPEI’s campus, and its researchers are combining science and nature to improve the health of Canadians. Specifically, their researchers are identifying naturally occurring compounds in plant and marine sources and determining how they may be used to prevent and treat human and animal diseases and infections. The CHBMR collaborates with NRC-INH researchers and staff, providing assistance and support in various areas.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. Support for CHBMR's networking events has been provided through NSERC's Atlantic Regional Opportunities Fund.
The PEI Bioalliance works to promote and grow the local bioscience industry through various activities including making connections between industry, research organizations, academic institutions and government. The CHBMR and the PEI BioAlliance promote the local industry through collaborations such as networking events and disseminating important industry information.
Three Oaks Innovations (TOI) is a not-for-profit corporation set up by the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and is located within the School of Business. TOI manages the transfer of knowledge and innovation developed within UPEI to commercial developments and/or public use for economic and social benefit. The CHBMR collaborates with the TOI on various commercialization projects such as advising or providing research capacity in areas such as market research.
The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) is a not-for-profit research group that provides beneficial information to drug developers, policy makers and regulators to improve quality and efficiency of the drug development process. The CHBMR and Tufts CSDD have an academic collaboration for the purpose of enhancing their contribution to public knowledge and education on the basis of equality and mutual interest on topics that fall into pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and healthcare-related areas of mutual interest. For example, the CHBMR is working with Tufts CSDD to contrast and compare the reimbursement environment for pharmaceuticals and biologics in Canada and the United States.
The Program in Pharmaceutical Policy at the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) is a collaboration of researchers and trainees from a range of disciplines, such as economics, epidemiology, political science, medicine, and pharmacology. Research projects span various stages of pharmaceutical policy, from studying factors that influence pharmaceutical innovation through to monitoring of drug access, use and outcomes. The CHBMR and the CHSPR share a collaborative research interest relationship with Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail.