December 13, 2021 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – The Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network is partnering with Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM) to bridge the gap between Canadian health inventions and the end user, driving increased economic growth for the province and country.
The bioscience industry in Manitoba generates over $10.4 billion in revenue and sales, and employs over 16,000 individuals. Through this partnership, CAN Health and BAM will refer companies and ecosystem players to one another, opening the door for more Canadian innovators to scale, generating increased employment opportunities across the country and implementing top-notch solutions in our health care organizations.
Similar to the CAN Health Network model, through their Advancing Healthcare Initiative, BAM pairs technology innovators directly with health care providers where they have access to a real-world environment to test their solution.
“By partnering with BAM, we can leverage their success and amplify it across the entire country, giving more Canadian companies access to a supportive environment where they can evolve to their full potential,” says Dr. Dante Morra, Chair, CAN Health Network
“After observing the evolution of the biosciences sector, and the challenges that are faced by many SMEs and startups during the COVID pandemic, we decided that now is the right time to develop a new partnership in order to respond better to the industry needs,” says Kim Kline, President, Bioscience Association Manitoba
“Working with the CAN Health Network, we hope to focus on helping these innovators to gain access to facilities and resources to develop and test their new technology, save time on market validation, and increasing their marketability.”
ABOUT BIOSCIENCE ASSOCIATION MANITOBA
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM) is the voice and organizational nucleus of Manitoba’s bioscience industry. Since 1990, it has come to represent over 110 local organizations that span across Manitoba’s health, bioproduct, clean tech, and food and agricultural sectors. As a non-profit, BAM strives to grow and achieve excellence in Manitoba’s vibrant and competitive bioscience industry through collaborations with members, stakeholders, government officials, and other organizations. BAM acts as a catalyst for innovation, by expanding the sector’s skills and workforce development, and by leading with one unified voice to create local and global engagement. Through its training and development programs, BAM helps to push Manitoba’s bioscience community forward, providing members with valuable resources, information and opportunities to grow, and to cultivate a vital bioscience community that drives growth for Manitoba.
ABOUT CAN HEALTH NETWORK
The CAN Health Network is a Canada-first approach to technology adoption. It helps break down barriers to scaling in the health care system and provides an environment for companies to scale to their full potential. Currently operating in Ontario, Western and Atlantic Canada, the CAN Health Network plans to expand into Quebec and the North. The Network has received $3.5 million in 2019 and $3.25 million in 2021 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), $3.5 million from PrairiesCan and PacifiCan, and most recently, $2.2 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to build a national platform that harnesses the purchasing power of health care organizations. To learn more about the CAN Health Network, visit canhealthnetwork.ca.