Innovacorp is a proud partner in BioPort Atlantic 2007, happening September 26-27, 2007, at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

BioPort Atlantic is the annual signature event for Atlantic Canada’s life sciences industry. Presented by BioNova – The Nova Scotia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association, this exciting conference draws members of the life sciences and business communities from across North America and abroad.

A line-up of top notch speakers and panel presentations has been announced for the Atlantic region’s annual life sciences conference.

“The region’s life sciences companies have achieved much in the past year,” said Marli MacNeil, CEO of BioNova, the host of BioPort Atlantic. “BioPort is celebrating that success and exploring how to empower industry to do more of the same in the year to come.”

This year’s program has been built around the theme going glocal. Focusing on exports and the impact the life sciences sector is having on the region’s economy, speakers will discuss the issues and opportunities faced by local companies in the world marketplace and share their experiences of building successful life sciences companies, from right here in Atlantic Canada.

Phillip Blake, president & CEO of Bayer Inc. Canada and chair of Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) and Dr. Scott Kennedy, executive director, global research & development, Pfizer Inc. will open the program with a session titled, Glocal Partnerships: Big Pharma & Life Sciences.

“In North America, the lines are blurring between big pharma and biotech,” noted MacNeil. “The pharmaceutical industry is now an investor and a customer for many life sciences enterprises and these presenters, representing research-based pharma in Canada and the United Stated will share ideas on how both industries can work even more closely together.”

During the luncheon, Robert Cervelli of Origin BioMed, Jean-Paul Deveau of Acadian Seaplants and Chad Munro of Halifax Biomedical will share the lessons they’ve learned on the way to the global marketplace in a talk show style discussion hosted by Dan Leger, director of news content for the Chronicle Herald.

Two panel discussions will round out the afternoon. In a session titled, Tools of the Trade, panelists will highlight programs and services available to help life sciences organizations as they venture into international markets. And during The Capital Beat session, the audience will learn about the financing scene for life sciences enterprises. Speakers will talk about who’s investing, how current deals are being structured and what the foreseeable future holds for local companies planning to grow.

In addition to the full line-up of speakers and panel presentations, the conference will also showcase a life sciences exhibition and a pitch session, featuring updates from companies and research organizations.

Over 150 people are expected to attend the conference. An audience made up of business and industry leaders, scientists, investors, government representatives, service providers, media, and students will come from across North America and abroad.

About BioPort Atlantic (WWW.BIONOVA.CA/BIOPORT)
BioPort Atlantic, the region’s premiere event for Canada’s National Biotechnology Week, is a celebration of the life sciences sector and brings a business focused forum for education and networking to industry, researchers, investors and government.


BioNova is Nova Scotia’s Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association, representing the more than 3,400 men and women working in the province’s life sciences sector, and the organizations that employ them. Members include companies, research institutions, government agencies, suppliers and students. BioNova provides leadership and support to its members while advocating for the continued growth of life sciences in Nova Scotia.

For more information, please contact:
Rocky Hynes
Director of Education and Communication

Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 25, 2007