Advanced Therapies in Canada 2020
The Advanced Therapies Global Expert Mission travelled to Canada in March 2020 to better understand the innovation landscape in Canada and seek out synergies and opportunities for collaboration between the UK and Canada. Due to time constraints and the size of the country, the delegation was not able to visit all areas in five days and focused specifically on Toronto and Vancouver.
Abstract from outcome report:
Canada is a priority country for Innovate UK; bilateral funding programmes exist between Innovate UK and NRC Canada in key sectors, and previous missions have successfully covered Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-tech, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology. However, this was the first mission to visit Canada in the Health and Life Sciences sector. The political and governmental landscapes differ significantly, given the scale of the country, and the make up of the government structures, while having echoes of the UK’s devolved administrations, are far more marked in terms of the federal versus provincial approach to support funding. The delegation came away with the recognition that, with the Memoranda of Understanding already in place, the UK could set foundations for federally-based collaboration with some organisations in Canada; opportunities to work directly with the provincial institutions in both Ontario and British Columbia were highlighted.
Watch the recording below from our Dissemination Webinar which took place following the Expert Mission.
About Global Expert Missions
The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK to support the Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Led by Innovate UK KTN, GEMs play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes.