November 2023 Newsletter


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ASTech Awards 2023
Alberta-Wide Community Champion

We are honoured to share that Andrew MacIsaac, API’s CEO, was recognized as this year’s Alberta-Wide Community Champion during the ASTech Awards Gala on November 3 at the Hotel Arts in Calgary.

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Andrew MacIsaac receiving the Alberta-Wide Community Champion award presented by Derek Armstrong, Manager of Innovation Ecosystems at PrairiesCan.

Andrew MacIsaac receiving the Alberta-Wide Community Champion award presented by Derek Armstrong, Manager of Innovation Ecosystems at PrairiesCan.

MacIsaac received the award for API’s drive to secure game-changing support for the life sciences sector. With the collaboration of other community champions, API has accomplished a lot this year. For example, Edmonton City Council approved the lot lease for the CCDI manufacturing facility to be built at the Edmonton Research Park. We also launched the inaugural Life Sciences Week in September to highlight the success and potential of the sector in Alberta, which was only possible due to the support and collaboration of several ecosystem partners. Alongside these key initiatives, our team continues to develop programs and support projects that accelerate the growth and highlight the potential of the industry.

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Hon. Nate Glubish at the 2023 ASTech Awards Grand Opening Ceremony at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

The evening then featured several panels highlighting the work being done within industry, investment, and academia to propel innovation.

Thanks to Technology Alberta for highlighting the incredible work in our sector and congratulations to all of the ASTech Awards 2023 winners!

View the 2023 ASTech Awards Winners here

The ASTech Awards, supported by Technology Alberta, recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations in the Alberta science and technology community. This year, they aimed to reach many parts of the province through 2 events – adding an event in Edmonton to complement Calgary’s gala. API’s team participated across both events as panelists, conversation hosts, and guests.

The Grand Opening Ceremonies were held on October 27 at MacEwan University’s Allard Hall in Edmonton. This event kicked off with an opening address from the Honourable Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation.

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Panelists from Alberta’s post-secondary institutions during one of the ASTech Awards Grand Opening Ceremonies panel sessions.

Representing Alberta in the Global Life Sciences Community


Julianna Weber and Dr. Truong Ta at the CPHI 2023 in Barcelona.

Last month, we were honoured to represent Alberta at the Convention of Pharmaceutical Ingredients (CPHI) 2023 in Barcelona, the world’s largest pharmaceutical exhibition.

Our VP of Commercialization & Growth, Dr. Truong Ta, and Director of Clinical Affairs, Julianna Weber, joined more than 45,000 people from the global pharma community to unlock new insights on research, discover world-class innovations, and engage with the brightest leaders of the industry.

Thanks to CPHI for hosting such an impressive event and for connecting pharma professionals from across the world! We look forward to fostering the valuable connections we made and applying the learnings to propel more momentum for Alberta.

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Research to Revenue:
A Journey towards Commercial Success

Last month, we wrapped up our last session of the Research to Revenue Program, at the Health Innovation Hub in partnership with the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium.


The organizers, mentors, and participants of API’s Research to Revenue Program during the culmination of the four-week workshop on October 26, 2023 at Enterprise Square.

From identifying gaps and tackling critical issues, to learning business strategies and accessing funding opportunities, our participants dove deep into their clinical research and explored pathways for a successful entrepreneurial journey over the course of 4 weeks.

Thank you to our partners and esteemed mentors for sharing their expertise and personalized support to our early stage researchers and entrepreneurs!

Learn more about the program


Startup TNT’s team sharing on investment opportunities during the last session of Research to Revenue Program.

Life Sciences & Innovation News

Entos Pharmaceuticals wins economic development award

Entos Pharmaceuticals, one of our Health Innovation Hub alumni companies, received the forward/momentum award during the first forward/slash summit Awards on November 2, in recognition of their leadership in affecting change that helps transform and accelerate the economic growth of our region.

Other forward/slash winners include: Air Products for the forward/thinking award, and Edmonton International Airport for the forward/together award.

Task forces launched to boost Edmonton region’s economy

Four industry-led task forces were launched during the second annual forward/slash summit on November 2, to implement actions focused in establishing the Edmonton region as a global destination for investments. By capitalizing on opportunities, addressing challenges and implementing strategies, the task forces aim to make the Edmonton region a competitive asset in Canada.

This year’s forward/slash summit brought together almost 1,000 leaders and decision makers from different sectors to celebrate the work that is collectively being done to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton region.

BIOTECanada highlighted Alberta as a thriving Startup hub

BIOTECanada featured Alberta’s burgeoning startup community and recent life sciences success stories in the recent publication of their Fall Insights in October. Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation is one of the companies celebrated for its notable success, along with other industry leaders including Entos Pharmaceuticals, Future Fields, and PanThera CryoSolutions Inc.


Startup TNT Investment Summit Finale

Just two nights away before the big night! This November 16, Startup TNT is hosting the Investment Decision Night and Finale of their Fall Investment Summit. Watch as the Top 5 Finalists from each stream across Canada make their final pitch before TNT investors and be crowned as the Summit winners.

Join them live in Edmonton at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII) from 5 to 9 pm.

Get your tickets now!

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natHACKS 2023: Reimagining What a Hackathon Can Be

Want to empower the brightest minds in neurotech innovation? Sign up as mentor at natHACKS 2023, Alberta’s biggest hackathon, and provide guidance and firsthand insights to innovator teams. Mentors will enjoy complimentary meals and networking opportunities. Deadline to apply is November 15.

In support of this event, API’s Director of Programs & Ecosystem Development, Paramita Chaudhuri Basu, will be acting as one of the hackathon judges. Then, don’t miss finding us at the Sponsor Booth Event on November 17, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, at the Students’ Union Building. See you there!

Date: November 16-19, 2023
Format: Hybrid (In-person & remote)
Location: Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge

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