May 2023 Newsletter


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Support for startups recognized

We had an exciting night at the YEG Startup Awards as two People’s Choice awards were awarded to one of our people and a program we’re very proud of.

  • Connector of the Year went to Paramita Chaudhuri Basu, API’s Director of Programs and Ecosystem Development, whose passion is finding ways to help people and organizations thrive by connecting them to one another.
  • Community Initiative of the Year went to the Health Innovation Hub, which API programs in collaboration with the University of Alberta.

This recognition, especially because it comes directly from the startup community, is greatly appreciated.

exciting night at the YEG Startup Awards

API & IMPACT partner to strengthen clinical trial support

API and the Integrated Management Platform to Accelerate Clinical Trials (IMPACT) program at Innovate Calgary have entered into a partnership to expand and fuel the growing world-class research in Alberta and foster innovation through collaboration.

Together, the partners will share intelligence and combine expertise in clinical trial design and execution, manufacturing regulatory affairs, and quality management systems.

Read more about this exciting partnership

API IMPACT partner

How did the CCDI come to be?

How does a young organization get federal support of $80.5 million for a project?

It takes finding a common need, friends to join you on the journey, and a resolve to see it through.

Read about the journey API and others took to make CCDI a reality

How did the CCDI come to be

API is hiring a Communications Coordinator

API is looking for an Communications Coordinator to join our team. Read the job posting on the API website and share with anyone you think may be interested in applying!

Communications Coordinator

BioTalent podcast looks at API’s rapidly growing future

API is growing, fast. As we implement the Canadian Critical Drug Initiative, we’re expecting to grow from 60 to 150 staff in the next 18 months.

Listen to their podcast that explores API’s model for commercializing research, and how we plan on managing our growth in the coming months and years.


Health Innovator’s Meetup: Perils & Promises of Generative AI

Join us with our partner Industry Sandbox & AI Computing (ISAIC) for a discussion around the hot topic of Generative AI and its implications in higher education, including health, during the Upper Bound Conference. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ali Shiri – Vice Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta and is on the Provost’s Task Force on AI and the Learning Environment
  • Dr. Ross Mitchell – Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Randy Goebel – Professor, Faculty of Science – Computing Science, University of Alberta and Co-founder of Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)

Register now for this thought-provoking night, happening May 25, 2023 starting at 5:15 p.m.

API speaking at Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Join our CEO Andrew MacIsaac at the 2023 CSPS/CC-CRS Annual Symposium where he’ll be speaking about API and the Canadian Critical Drug Initiative as part of the Bench to Business session on Thursday, May 25th, 3:30 to 5:30 pm EDT.

This year’s symposium is being held Wednesday, May 24th to Friday, May 26th at the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Downtown Toronto.

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Life Science & Innovation News

Sir Michael Houghton to receive honorary doctorate

Congratulations to Sir Michael Houghton, who will receive an honorary U of A doctor of science degree on June 14. 

As well as being one of the world’s foremost virologists and director of the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute at the U of A, Sir Houghton is a member of API’s Advisory Committee and a partner in the Canadian Critical Drug Initiative.

Read the U of A’s profile on Sir Houghton and the other honorary degree recipients

Sir Michael Houghton

Attracting investment to the Alberta and the Edmonton Region

Alberta’s government is investing $2.8 million in Calgary Economic Development and Edmonton Global to enhance investment attraction activities in Alberta.

  • Since being created in 2018, Edmonton Global has supported 28 final investment decisions in the Edmonton region representing more than $2.4 billion in investment and the creation of more than 3,500 jobs.
  • In the past three years, Calgary Economic Development has helped attract, retain or expand 173 companies and 24,066 jobs across all sectors and has supported investment attraction to the Calgary region representing more than $2.4 billion in investment, including 88 trade export deals.