LIFE SCIENCES

Saskatoon has emerged as a world leader in biotechnology and life sciences with some of the most advanced facilities in Canada

Saskatoon’s life sciences and biotechnology industry is unlike any in the world. Saskatoon is home to leading researchers solving global issues and challenges. Saskatoon will be home to a new $65 million vaccine manufacturing facility, helping to address Canada’s shortage of vaccine manufacturing capability.

The University of Saskatchewan is a world-leading institution that has built an international reputation in health sciences, agriculture, environmental and life sciences. The institution has some of the most advanced research and development facilities, centres and networks in the world, located right here in Saskatoon:

  • The Canadian Light Source, which is Canada’s only synchrotron and one of the most advanced facilities in the world.
  • VIDO-InterVac, a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development and home to one of Canada’s few Biosafety Level 3 facilities, employing more than 160 employees, along with scientists from 26 nations. VIDO-InterVac was the first in Canada to isolate the COVID-19 virus and establish an animal model for testing. It was also the first in Canada to have a vaccine in the early stages of animal testing.
    • Having received $23.3 million in funding from the federal government, and an additional $4.2 million from the province, VIDO-InterVac is on the front-line of the current pandemic.
  • The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), which is helping to build a food-secure world from Saskatchewan-out, working with academics, industry, producers, consumers and governments both at home and abroad to decrease the time between the discovery of innovative science and its delivery to market at home and around the globe.
    • Launched Canada’s first integrated Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory. The goal is to speed up innovation towards new products and services that would enhance profitability and sustainability across the agriculture and food sectors. 
  • The SRC, one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization.
    • The SRC has contributed $9 billion in total economic impacts since 2003, has achieved more than $489 million in direct economic benefit to the provincial economy, created or maintained over $84 million worth of jobs and has undertaken $48 million in projects aimed at creating positive environmental and social impacts.
  • Maven Water & Environment provides water treatment for the mining and oil & gas sector. Maven recently opened an 8,000 square foot water treatment testing and development facility, the first of its kind in North America, providing advanced clean water solutions for sustainable development of natural resources globally.
  • The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation has placed Saskatchewan as a global leader in nuclear science and medicine research.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATIONS AND COLLABORATION AWARDS

SREDA is pleased to offer the Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Awards (STIC Awards). These awards showcase the people, projects and products in the Saskatoon Region’s growing science and technology cluster and their impact on the local economy.


Joanne Baczuk

Director, Economic Development

Key Industries

Saskatoon is home to the natural resources that feed, fuel and fertilize the world, as well as the innovations that surround these industries.

Business in Saskatoon

Saskatoon’s mix of economic diversity, low business costs and high quality of life make it the perfect place for businesses and people to thrive.

Joanne Baczuk

Director, Economic Development
(306) 664-0728

Key Industries

Saskatoon is home to the natural resources that feed, fuel and fertilize the world, as well as the innovations that surround these industries.

Business in Saskatoon

Saskatoon’s mix of economic diversity, low business costs and high quality of life make it the perfect place for businesses and people to thrive.