October 2022 Newsletter


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API News

API at the First forward/slash Summit

Edmonton Global’s inaugural forward/slash summit was nothing short of a success! We want to congratulate Edmonton Global on a fantastic event bringing the region together to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing work happening in the region.

The event was a great opportunity for major regional players to come together across all sectors and show what initiatives are taking place that will strengthen and diversify our region’s economic capacity.

We were proud to be a partner in the event, chair the Health and Life Sciences Working Group, and be a part of pulling together some of the region’s life science and health voices.

A massive thank you to Future FieldsRS TherapeuticsGrant MacEwanMy Viva, and MACH32 for joining us in the Health and Life Sciences Showcase to feature your innovations, and to the University of Alberta and Pacylex for taking part in our Spotlight highlighting their research and innovations.

And lastly, we want to thank all those who came out and took part in the event and visited the health and life science activation space! We’re so grateful to see such excitement and momentum and look forward to seeing continued growth in the sector!


API Video: Scale-Up Opportunities

We were proud to show this video at forward/slash outlining our work and some very exciting upcoming developments for API. Watch Hana Marinkovic, our VP – Corporate Affairs, and Dr. M. Joanne Lemieux speak on the momentum of the life sciences sector in the Edmonton region including our robust talent pool, education network, and our plans for the Applied Life Science Campus at the Edmonton Research Park.

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring a Director, Marketing & Communications! If you have experience and expertise in marketing and communications, leadership, brand growth and storytelling in the life sciences, you might be a perfect fit! Check out our posting to learn more and apply. The deadline is October 18th at midnight so make sure to get your application in soon.

Mission to Ireland with Invest Alberta

Our Director of Programs & Ecosystem Development, Paramita Chaudhuri Basu accompanied Invest Alberta for a delegation to Ireland to discuss Alberta’s strengths in life sciences, including our strong talent pool, ecosystem, and education network..

On behalf of API, Paramita met with representatives from Atlantic Technological UniversityGMIT Innovation HubNovus DiagnosticsAerogen, and others who are instrumental to the life sciences ecosystem in Ireland.

Many thanks to Invest Alberta and life sciences innovators in Ireland for having us!


People of API

Women in STEM Week

Last week was Women in STEM Week, an excellent opportunity to reflect on how you and your organization are creating inclusive spaces, and to celebrate the achievements of women working in STEM.

We are proud to have an inclusive and diverse workplace at API, and want to thank our team members who identify as women for sharing their talent and expertise with us. We are grateful to have a robust female-identifying team that enriches the life sciences ecosystem.

Paramita Chaudhuri Basu Headshot 1

During this year’s Women in STEM week, we wanted to highlight one of our new female-identifying team members!

Paramita Chaudhuri Basu, our Director of Programs & Ecosystem Development, is a life sciences enthusiast who is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. She brings a strong background and expertise in life sciences, biotechnology, startups, and healthtech, and is a trained facilitator, mentor and coach. Check out her recent Q&A here.

“Just like entrepreneurs need a support system to grow and thrive, all women in STEM need a support network that allows them to do the same. Success in STEM, success in business, and generally success in life is built on a foundation of knowing yourself and giving your best self with confidence and fearlessness. We all have a role to play in amplifying and championing women in STEM.”

Upcoming Events

API at Startup Week 2022

Startup Week is this week, from October 17-22! This is a fantastic series of events showcasing Edmonton’s unique entrepreneurial spirit through workshops, events, and more.

Join our Health Innovation Hub at Startup Week at the Health Innovators Meetup on October 20th. The event features a panel, FUNDING your Venture: Options, Strategies, and Caveats. The session will share insight into accessing the right resources for local innovators in the health space featuring speakers from PulseMedica and Token Naturals. You can find more information and register here.

Small Business Week

Small Business Week is also taking place this week! There are many opportunities to participate and celebrate our small business community. Check out events such as the Mixer & TradeshowWhy Tourism Matters, and Selling to the Government, and more! Check out additional details here.

Life Science & Innovation News

Canada-Chicago Mentoring Program

The Consulate General of Canada in Chicago is partnering once again with the MATTER healthtech incubator for the 9th edition of the Canada-Chicago Mentoring Program (C2MP). The program takes place February 8 to September 13, 2023. Learn more here.

Funding for Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) in the Prairie provinces

Funding opportunities for the Business Scale-up and Productivity and Regional Innovation Ecosystems Programs are currently available. If you’re seeking funding for a business or not-for-profit, learn more about how to apply for funding here.

Future Fields Awarded Company of the Year

Future Fields was named company of the year at BioAlberta’s 2022 Achievement Awards, presented in Calgary on Sept. 27, for EntoEngine™ – their Recombinant Protein Production Platform.