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API is hosted by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

API is based out of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, including its primary facilities, the Drug Development and Innovation Centre and the Pharmaceutical Analysis Laboratory. 

Drug Development and Innovation Centre

The DDIC provides significant capacity to API and serves as a nexus for many of our service offerings, particularly our formulations and GMP capacity as well as our licenses relating to cannabis and other controlled substances.

Pharmaceutical Analysis Laboratory

The PAL provides API’s analytical infrastructure, including 600MHz NMR, GCMS, LCMS/MS, HPLC, MicroCT, and many other niche capabilities.

Collaborating Institutions

API is founded on the principal that in order to truly build an innovative and vibrant life sciences sector we must provide a framework that trains highly qualified persons on industry projects at the pace of industry while pulling together the expertise of Canadian research intensive institutions.

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Alberta Precision Exchange (APEX)​

APEX is a not-for-profit foundation that supports Alberta’s emerging diagnostic technology to be translated from lab-bench idea to real-world tools with the full support of R&D experts, industry partners, clinicians, regulatory bodies, and health care delivery experts.

AMR One Health Consortium (OHC)​

OHC is a collaborative platform focused on antimicrobial use and resistance research, policy, training, outreach, and commercialization.

Alberta Health Services​

We work with members of AHS across the province, collaborating on clinical elements of our work.

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute​

We work together with Amii on applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in drug development, from in silico screening to clinical trial design.


BioAlberta is an industry association that supports the life sciences sector in Alberta through promoting awareness of the industry and the products and services of member companies.

Bioinformatics Network Alberta (Bionet)

BioNet is a network based organization supporting the growth of bioinformatics capacity in the province of Alberta and throughout the Western Provinces.

BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada is a not-for-profit organization that supports the people behind life-changing science. Trusted as the go-to source for labour market intelligence, BioTalent Canada guides bio-economy stakeholders with evidence-based data and industry-driven standard.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN)

CAN is a research network founded to accelerate understanding of the brain, improve brain health through collaboration, develop the province as a centre of neuroscience excellence, and improve quality of life in Alberta and beyond.

Canadian Centre for Hydrodynamics (CCH)

CCH is a leader in the field of Hydrodynamics and analytical ultracentrifugation providing these services API’s network, and increasing capacity for industry projects in AAV viral vectors, monoclonal antibodies, nanoparticles, other injectables and gene therapies.

Canadian Glycomics Network

We work with GlycoNet as a partner in developing and advancing innovations in glycomics as well as providing companies with world-leading expertise in the field. 

Calgary Economic Development

CED works with business, government and community partners to position Calgary as the location of choice for the purpose of attracting business investment, fostering trade and growing Calgary’s workforce.

Edmonton Global

Global is the economic development organization for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in Alberta, Canada.

Health Cities

We work with Health Cities in attracting and retaining life sciences investment to Alberta, in addition, API’s downtown office is colocated with Health Cities.

Institute of Health Economics

We work closely together with IHE providing economic and health technology assessments for startups in the API innovator program.


We work in partnership with IRICoR to increase drug discovery and commercialization opportunities in Canada.

Innovate Edmonton

Innovate Edmonton is a city-funded not-for-profit focused on developing and sustaining a globally recognized and relevant urban innovation ecosystem. Innovate Edmonton contributes to the enduring economic resilience, vitality and identity of the City of Edmonton and map local solutions and intellectual property to global challenges and mega trends.

Innovate Calgary

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary. As part of the Office of the Vice-President (Research) portfolio, and as a member of the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, Innovate Calgary helps bridge the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact. Innovate Calgary runs the Life Sciences Innovation Hub and IMPACT program.

International Microbiome Centre (IMC)

The International Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary is a translational research centre, designed to investigate the microbiome of humans, plants, animals and the physical environment.


We work closely with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre as a partner facility, providing capacity to NACTRC in clinical trial design, PK/PD, and more.

Northern Alberta Institute of technology (NAIT)

NAIT is a polytechnical institute in Edmonton with over 40,000 students and apprentices in applied programs that range from skilled trades to health and life sciences certifications.

University of Alberta

UAlberta is one of the top post-secondary research institutions in the world, consistently ranked in the top 50 globally in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Artificial Intelligence, Nursing, and Medical Research with more than 42,000 students from over 150 countries.

University of Calgary​

UCalgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, combining the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. UCalgary is home to over 33,000 students across a wide range of disciplines.

University of Lethbridge​

The U of L home to 8,900 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, the U of L is one of Canada’s top ranked universities and leading research institutions with significant expertise in animal research and neuroscience.

University dé Montréal​

Consistently ranked among the world’s global top 100, UdeM is home to over 44,000 students as well as Centre en chimie verte et catalyse, a centre of excellence in flow chemistry.

University of Ottawa​

UOttawa is Canada’s largest bilingual university. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, UOttawa is home to over 42,000 students. UOttawa’s Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences is ranked in the global top 200 and is home to the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) is a multidisciplinary centre working to achieve excellence in catalysis research on a global scale.

Collaboration is at the core of what we do.

We’re proud to work with our academic, not-for-profit, and industry partners. Together, we are redefining how educators and innovators build a sustainable and vibrant life sciences industry in Canada.