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Snapshot of the Life Sciences Industries in Hamilton

Life sciences industries in Hamilton are a significant part of the research and innovation landscape, supporting improved healthcare products and services as well as bioengineering and cellular research.

#1 in research intensity for both McMaster University and Mohawk College.
$4 Billion+
2nd largest hospital network in Canada with over $4B healthcare spend.


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Fusion Pharmaceuticals logo
Reliq Health Technologies logo
Affinity Biologicals logo
Mariner Endosurgery logo
Advanced Theranostics logo
Innovation Factory Logo
Synapse Life Sciences Consortium Logo
stryker logo
triumvira logo


A man demonstrating hospital equipment to a group of police officers and city officials.

Hamilton’s life sciences sector constitutes an intersection of innovation, research and business.

The life sciences sector is now the largest employer in Hamilton with one of the strongest hospital networks in Canada.

Between Hamilton Health Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Bay Area Health Trust, Innovation Factory, McMaster University and Mohawk College, among other innovators, a collaborative cluster utilizes technology to improve healthcare services. The Synapse Consortium supports the health sciences cluster by facilitating collaboration, accelerating commercialization, and promoting the impact of this valuable sector.

The front of the McMaster Innovation Park building.

A preeminent, internationally renowned research park exists in the west end of Hamilton – McMaster Innovation Park (MIP). 

MIP occupies 50+ acres of land for science and technology research, including:

Over 512,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space with 80,000 + sq ft planned

1600 full-time jobs

Garage@MIP increasing innovation and accelerator space in the Park to over 10,000 sq ft

Opportunities for custom-built office and research space

Launching pad for international companies to enter Canadian and other North American markets

Room with large monitors on the wall and people working at computers

Mohawk College IDEAWORKS

With strong partnerships between academia and industry, Hamilton has the post-secondary programs that can quickly help investments thrive.  One example is Mohawk College IDEAWORKS

The mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) helps companies, start-ups, not-for-profits, and government organizations develop and implement innovative digital health solutions to improve patient care.

A female researcher operating a large piece of lab equipment.

International investments like the Fraunhofer Project Centre are building life sciences capacity in Hamilton and positioning the city as an international leader. 

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) is accelerating the commercialization of research with a focus on T-cell therapies, point-of-care diagnostics and ophthalmics.

Commercialization support exists for companies large and small throughout the health sciences industries in Hamilton.

“Not only has the city seen investments in the hundreds of millions, but more internationally acclaimed researchers continue to come to this city because of the ground-breaking work being done in so many areas of life sciences. Join them and put your innovation to work.”

Carolynn Reid,
Life Sciences Lead, City of Hamilton

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