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As global markets for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and other health-related products grow, a burgeoning technology cluster in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is attracting the world's best and brightest talent. NRC partners with the community to help growing companies commercialize their innovations and enter the international health-products market.
Learn more about Charlottetown's nutrisciences and health technology cluster (via NRC corporate website).
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Narrator: Scientists at the Nutrisciences and Health cluster in Charlottetown are tackling some of the toughest problems facing people today.
The cluster, supported by the National Research Council, is finding solutions to health conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Diabetes – important issues as our population ages.
The Charlottetown cluster is a partnership of the PEI Bio-Alliance, universities, business and science agencies. Much of the research on human and animal health is done collaboratively at NRC’s Institute for Nutrisciences and Health.
Rory Francis (Executive Director, PEI BioAlliance): There's a bigger goal in terms of developing the cluster, developing successful business, creating breakthroughs in science. Attitude is a big part of what makes this successful collaboration. So the investment that the federal government is making an excellent return here in Prince Edward Island.
Narrator: The collaborative approach and strong science base is attracting major pharmaceutical companies like Novartis and Genzyme to the cluster initiative. Small startups such as Chemaphor have also signed on as industrial partners. Chemaphor studies bioactive compounds found in nature to develop alternatives for antibiotics in feed animals. The goal: make our food chain healthier and transform an island economy into an inventor of products to improve human and animal health.
David Hankinson (Chair, Chemaphor): You need specialized equipment, you need people who have the scientific background. And you need to be able to bounce ideas off people. We can do all of that here with the NRC cluster. I think we're really doing something for humanity here.
Narrator: For more information on PEI's Nutrisciences and Health Technology Cluster, please visit nrc.gc.ca.
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