May 2024 Newsletter


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We’re humbled to share that API received the Pinnacle Award for Above & Beyond the Call of Duty at BOMA Edmonton’s annual Awards Celebration last month.

The BBDC team with BOMA Award
Our team at the BBDC with the BOMA award in front of the facility. (Pictured from l-r) Stuart Vaughn, Engineering & Facilities Specialist, Jian Wang, Building Maintenance Technician, Katie Hensel, Administrative Assistant and Dan Milmine, Building Maintenance Technician, alongside Madison Dubé (2nd from right), our Associate Director of Business Development & Partnerships. Other BBDC team member(s) not in the photo: Gladstone Isaac, Operations & EHS Manager.

The award recognized API’s efforts in facilitating and supporting ongoing operations at the Biotechnology Business Development Centre. The BBDC is a multi-tenant accelerator in the Edmonton Research Park that offers access to infrastructure and equipment required to scale and commercialize life sciences products and services. Since January 2023, API has made significant and rapid improvements to the facility through efficient building maintenance, tenant relations, and programs that help set tenants up for success.

BOMA Awards Andrew and Madison
Madison Dubé, our Associate Director of Business Development & Partnerships, and Andrew MacIsaac, CEO, received the BOMA award on behalf of our team at BBDC.

Thank you BOMA Edmonton for this recognition! This underscores the dedication and commitment of our team at the BBDC. They have really gone the extra mile to successfully onboard and operate this scale-up incubator facility. We look forward to continued collaboration with our partners and supporting the incredible work that’s being done by tenants at the BBDC.

Last month, Truong Ta, our VP of Commercialization & Partnerships, joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other leading Canadian life sciences organizations on a mission to Washington, DC.

U.S. Canada Business Initiative
March 26, 2024 – Washington, DC, USA: The U.S. Canada Business Initiative hosts the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Life Sciences Mission Reception. Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Aimed at fostering dialogue between supply chain experts, policy makers, and industry leaders from both Canada and US industries, the mission helped identify key strategies and strengthen ties between the two regions. These collaborations will lead to the continuous integration of Canada’s life sciences industry into the global supply chain, enhancing our readiness for future health emergencies.

We’re always honoured to participate in efforts that help fortify the Canadian healthcare system and strengthen our global health security!

Madison Dubé, our Associate Director of Business Development & Partnerships, had the opportunity to join Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and other ecosystem partners from the region on a tourism trade mission to Atlanta earlier this month.

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The trade mission celebrated the inaugural non-stop flight from Edmonton to Atlanta with WestJet, promoting increased opportunities for business and collaboration between the two regions. Atlanta is the world’s busiest airport, with over 200 international and domestic destinations.

“Atlanta is doing innovation right. From their 35 innovation districts, to Atlanta turning their once-struggling midtown into Tech Square, a neighbourhood with 2M+ square feet of private and public space focused on company incubation, research, and innovation, Atlanta is treating their innovation ecosystem for what it is – an economic development powerhouse,” said Dubé in a post.

Thank you Edmonton International Airport, WestJet, and to the whole YEG team for this incredible opportunity!

Empowering careers in the Edmonton tech space

Last month, our team was thrilled to be part of Careers In Technology and Innovation’s YEG Destination Tech event to empower careers for both seasoned and emerging professionals in the Edmonton technology space.

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YEG Destination Tech Networking

Marina Barbu, Programs Manager, and Chelsey Ammar, HR Specialist, were pleased to share the exciting opportunities we offer at API and connect with many developing professionals to promote rewarding careers in tech and life sciences.

Kudos to CITI for hosting such an incredible event! We’re looking forward to collaborating on future opportunities to support the continued growth of our innovation and tech workforce.

We’re hiring!

Are you a strategic leader with a passion for driving operational excellence in the dynamic world of life sciences?

Career Postings VP Tech Operations Project Manager

We’re on the lookout for an experienced VP of Technical Operations and a temporary Project Manager to lead our talented teams to new heights. If you’re ready to make a significant impact in life sciences and shape the future of our organization, apply now and be part of our journey!

I’m interested!


Experience the future of AI from May 21-24 at Upper Bound – the ultimate conference for students, academics, business professionals, and enthusiasts leading the way in shaping a positive AI future!

Upper Bound 2024

Hosted by Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Upper Bound showcases over 150 sessions and features more than 200 speakers, offering a diverse range of presentations and workshops that delve into cutting-edge advancements in AI across various industries.

As proud sponsor of the AI in Precision Health research theme, we are happy to share that API team members Patrick Mayo, VP of Quantitative Solutions, and Caroline Zhao, Quantitative Systems Pharmacologist, will be presenting on May 22. Pat and Caroline’s talk will speak to how to move from preclinical to clinical AI/ML implementation in drug development, highlighting the role of AI/ML models in successfully transitioning research from lab to real-world applications.

Join us for a transformational experience and don’t miss out on this chance to elevate your AI knowledge!

Tap into the power of innovation and get inspired alongside industry experts, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the globe at this year’s Inventures powered by Alberta Innovates from May 29-31 in Calgary.

Inventures 2024

Featuring three days of discovery, creativity, and collaboration, Inventures offers a unique experience in the world of health innovation, agricultural tech, clean tech, and more! Don’t miss Andrew MacIsaac, CEO at API, who will be participating as a panelist.

Get ready for the largest biotechnology convention of the year! From June 3-6, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization is hosting its 2024 BIO International Convention in San Diego, California.

Bio International Convention 2024

Attracting more than 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders across the world, the BIO International Convention is aimed at creating opportunities for business collisions and partnerships across the life sciences ecosystem.

Our team is excited to attend and engage with fellow industry experts to explore potential collaborations!

Life Sciences & Innovation News

Nimble Science, a Calgary-based digital health company, announced last month that it has received new funding from Ki Tua Fund for its innovative home-based platform that will help revolutionize the clinical potential of the gut microbiome.

The new funding by Ki Tua Fund enables Nimble Science to accelerate the commercialization of the first end-to-end GI intelligence platform that allows for multi-omic mapping of the small intestine. The SIMBA™ system is a single-use, ingestible passive capsule developed and validated by Nimble Science to collect endoscopic quality samples directly from the small intestine. This technology will allow access to valuable data that will be helpful for the continued research and understanding of the microbiome scientific, therapeutic & diagnostic community.

Last month, the University of Alberta Innovation Fund (UAIF) announced a new funding investment in Nanostics Inc. to propel the adoption of ClarityDX Prostate in North America.

Launched in Canada in 2023 and accredited in clinical labs in Edmonton, ClarityDX Prostate is an innovative blood test that helps assess the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. It provides critical support to men and healthcare providers in making more informed decisions whether further screening is needed after a high PSA test result.

The funding received from UAIF will allow Nanostics Inc. to expand access and availability of ClarityDX Prostate throughout North America and support the expansion of its product pipeline, including the development of ClarityDX Bladder, a minimally invasive bladder cancer diagnostic test.