Newfoundland and Labrador - a rare find


A strong applied research sector has grown around our academic institutions. Our unique population genetics, along with collaborative relationships between government, health authorities, and researchers, have led to significant breakthroughs in genetics. Our researchers have discovered the gene for sudden cardiac death and developed a test to detect it, along with ways for patients to mitigate the risks of the gene. There have also been discoveries around hearing loss in children, with broad implications for those with hearing impairment. Significant public and private investments, along with a cluster of researchers, make the province an attractive location to conduct genetic research and develop health informatics applications.


Industrial Research Assistance Program

The National Research Council provides financial support for qualified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada to undertake technology innovation.
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Research and Development Funding

Funding for commercial, academic, and student research and development, ranging from proof of concept to commercialization.
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As a public-private partnership, the SUPPORT (SUpport People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Program was developed to improve healthcare outcomes. The program brings together the MUN Faculty of Medicine, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, IBM, and other provincial and federal agencies.
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Business Investment Fund

Offered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating within the province to increase their productivity and improve their competitiveness.

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100s of Researchers

World-class Research Centres

Strong Public, Private, and Academic Partnerships

Unique Genetic Composition of Population

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Kirk Youden
Economic Development Officer


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The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII) promotes the development of the province’s life science and biotechnology industry.

Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6