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MOU established between Bioenterprise Canada and Life Sciences Ontario

Guelph/Toronto, 25 May 2022 – Ontario’s life sciences sector and Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine have agreed to collaborate in support of innovation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Life Sciences Ontario, which represents Ontario’s pharmaceutical, medical device, agri-food and agri-tech, biotech and medicinal cannabis industries, has joined Bioenterprise Canada as a Knowledge and Development Partner.

“The addition of Life Sciences Ontario to the Engine represents an important expansion for our national innovation network into the life sciences ecosystem,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon. “There are many exciting innovation opportunities developing in sectors like biopharmaceuticals, bioeconomy, and environmental technologies in Ontario and we are looking forward to working collaboratively in support of their commercialization goals and growth objectives.”

Through its partnership with the Engine, LSO will work collaboratively with Bioenterprise Canada to expand opportunities for its members and build new partnerships with organizations and businesses across the country. Both organizations will also share resources, expertise and networks in support of innovation opportunities.

“Agri-tech and agri-food are important industries within the life sciences ecosystem here in Ontario and collaborating with Bioenterprise Canada allows us to work closely in promoting the key issues, challenges and more over opportunities that exist within these sectors to both government and industry audiences,” says Life Sciences Ontario’s President and CEO Dr. Jason Field.

About Bioenterprise Canada
Bioenterprise Canada is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise Canada offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit to learn more.

About Life Sciences Ontario
Life Sciences Ontario is a member-driven industry association representing the collective voice of the pharmaceutical, medical device, agri-food, agri-tech, biotech and medicinal cannabis industries in Ontario. To foster commercial success for Ontario’s life sciences sector, LSO provides advocacy, mentorship, education and networking for its members as well as service providers and educational institutions that support these companies. Learn more at