BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop clean energy solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

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
Monita Taylor
Principal with MNP’s Assurance and Business Advisory practice.