Alberta has a biotechnology industry that remains largely hidden and is stronger than the public or politicians realise.
In 2012 (the last State of the Industry report
) Alberta life sciences revenues were estimated at nearly $977.4 million and accounted for approximately 14,100 jobs in the province. Raising the profile of this surprisingly strong industry is part of the mandate for BioAlberta
. The membership driven organization represents companies involved in agricultural biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, environmental biotech, and other parts of the bioeconomy.
Randy Yatscoff is on the Board of Directors for BioAlberta and is also Executive Vice President, Business Development with Tec Edmonton. He wore both hats when he joined me in the BIOBuzz area at BIO in Philadelphia so we could talk
about what can be done to promote the profile and the value of Alberta biotechnology industry.