BioNova is the industry association leading the advancement of the life sciences sector in Nova Scotia. BioNova leads and supports its members as we build a successful, self-sustaining life sciences industry in Nova Scotia. By promoting the industry and its successes, building relationships both inside and outside the province and creating networking and educational opportunities BioNova aims to accelerate the commercialization success of Nova Scotia’s life sciences businesses and organizations.

BioNova’s mandate is to:

LEAD: To provide leadership in building the life sciences community in the province.

ACCELERATE: To develop a favourable business ecosystem that accelerates innovation by providing members with access to the highest quality of support and programming available.

EDUCATE: To be the knowledge hub and resource for industry and its supporters, while educating audiences on the impact of the bio-economy and telling the good news stories that define the life sciences industry

BioNova’s Team

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BioNova’s Growth Plan 2016-2019

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BioNova’s Privacy Policy

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BioNova’s office resides at the Life Sciences Research Institute

Life Sciences Areas

Nova Scotia’s life sciences community boasts corporate and research expertise in a number of exciting areas.

BioNova’s life sciences community is comprised of companies in our five core areas and their affiliated stakeholders.

To see which BioNova members are working in each of these sectors visit our Members Directory.

Board of Directors

BioNova’s Board of Directors is elected from among its membership. Directors provide leadership, counsel and govern the operations of the Association.

Kevin Sullivan
Brian Lowe
Past Chairperson
Chief Operating Officer of Covina BioMedical Co-founder and Director, First Angel Network Association
Lidija Marusic
Investment Manager - Innovacorp
Dr. Jon Geske
Vice President, Innovation - BioMedica Diagnostics
Stephen Hartlen
Assistant Vice President (Industry Relations) & Executive Director, Dalhousie University Industry Liaison & Innovation
Dawn Umlah