API is providing translational research capacity with a new lab in the Life Sciences Innovation Hub.
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CALGARY, AB, February 25, 2020 – API is excited to bring expertise to the City of Calgary with a new partnership and memorandum of understanding with Innovate Calgary. API will work closely with Innovate Calgary, integrating services into their incubator and accelerator programs to help their researchers take the necessary steps towards bringing their life-saving research to market and creating start-ups that are investment-ready. API and its extensive network of translational scientists will provide scientific services in drug development, regulatory expertise, and clinical trial design.
Conveniently located in the Life Sciences Innovation Hub starting April 1st, API will be able to uptake projects quickly with their new lab space with a goal to have 20 Calgary-based project team members and collaborators by the end of 2020.
“With the combined expertise in our province we have everything we need to make Alberta a world leader and destination of choice for life sciences companies and investment.” says API CEO, Andrew MacIsaac, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Innovate Calgary to transform the outcomes for Calgary-based life sciences companies and attract new investment, jobs, and economic diversification to the region. The vibrant energy in the city has been infectious and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
Both partners are mandated to build capacity in regards to investable companies and job opportunities for graduates, the development of life science professionals, and the successful translation of research into life saving solutions for Canadians. Together, they will harness the knowledge of the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta and combine their extensive network of industry experts to the benefit of Alberta’s life science sector.
“We are thrilled to have API plug into Innovate Calgary’s programming and help University of Calgary innovators and our local ecosystem”, says Innovate Calgary’s President, John Wilson. “Working together, we will be able to provide a fulsome suite of critical, yet affordable services to the life sciences sector in Calgary”.
About Innovate Calgary
Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary that works closely with the Research Service Office to help bridge the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact. Innovate Calgary offers transfer and commercialization services such as intellectual property management, licensing or company formation, technology/innovation marketing, supporting research partnerships, accelerator programs and more.
About the Life Sciences Innovation Hub
Activated by Innovate Calgary, the LSI Hub supports life science-based start-up and growing companies to deliver commercially-viable products and services to market by providing access to infrastructure, equipment, expertise, and start-up support services.
About Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation
API is a not-for-profit that works in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as research and post-secondary institutions across Canada. API draws on an interdisciplinary network of over 30 pharmaceutical scientists, clinicians, regulatory, patent, and market experts in a variety of fields and disease areas to bring life-saving research to the real world. API provides a framework to support industry projects in a manner that keeps IP with the company, is regulatory compliant, and moves at a commercial pace.