Hamilton Economic Development

Life Sciences

Internationally recognized for its biotechnology strengths in the health sector, including drug discovery and validation, gene therapy and clinical trials, Hamilton offers life sciences companies the convergence of research, development and business collaboration in a unique and vibrant business setting.

Commercialization is the cornerstone of bringing “glove in hand” research to market. Hamilton is a solid return on investment choice for market success — with world-renown research institutes and centres of excellence. Researchers at McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare are consistently making groundbreaking discoveries, from life-saving drugs and vaccines to medical devices and solutions to current health issues.

An incubator for life sciences discoveries, Hamilton is a driving force with nearly 300 companies in this diverse sector. From biotechnology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, kinesiology, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals to food processing, environmental and biomedical devices and health infomatics, Hamilton’s positioning connects with global firms worldwide due to its strategic location within an hour’s drive to the U.S. market.

McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is a 37-acre regional technology node that functions as a centre of innovation for corporate, academic and government research in science and technology. MIP houses laboratory, incubation, office, training and conference facilities. Both the federal and provincial governments provide substantial funding to new and emerging companies in the health sciences and life sciences sectors, through various tax credits, grants and cost-sharing programs.

The Synapse Life SSynapse Life Science Consortium Logociences Consortium is a global leader within Canada’s biotech industry.  Hamilton, Canada hosts one of the world’s top tier life sciences clusters, including major research institutions and organizations such as St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Innovation Factory, The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and the Bay Area Health Trust. Together, the collaboration between our organizations unifies a diverse range of expertise and creates a unique platform for life science development unlike any other in Canada linking life sciences research and innovation with business. To learn more go to the following profile on the Consortium.

mcmaster innovation parkThe McMaster Innovation Park houses laboratory, office, teaching, training, and conference facilities, in support of research and development in a number of key industrial areas: advanced manufacturing and materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other areas in which McMaster University has recognized research strengths. This dynamic research destination will offer more than a million square feet of premier laboratories – including an 80,000 square feet biosciences centre, offices, training and conference facilities that will become home for some 1,500 employees. These facilities will accelerate the commercialization of research into new and marketable products and services, and create new companies that will provide high-paying, highly skilled jobs in Hamilton.

Please read our Life Sciences Brochure:


Interested in Opening or Expanding Here:


Carolynn Reid
Business Development Consultant
Tel: 905-546-2424 ext 4381
E-mail: Carolynn.Reid@hamilton.ca





Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

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