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York Region:
Life Sciences & Health Tech

Some of the best leaders, researchers and investors in the life sciences and healthcare technologies sector call York Region home, including four world-class hospitals. In early 2021, Cortelucci Vaughan Hospital opened its doors and became Canada's first fully-integrated "Smart Hospital".

Sector Snapshot

  • 250+ life sciences and health tech companies
  • Global companies include, among others, AB Sciex, Allergen, Astellas, Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, LGC, Cardinal Health, Chepeid, Olympus Canada, PerkinElmer, Philips Healthcare, Piramal Healthcare, Smiths Medical, and Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Leading Canadian companies include: Apotex, Amico Group, Elastic Care, Extendicare, Prollenium Medical, Rubicon Research, and Platinum Naturals
  • Home to four world-class hospitals including Canada’s first ‘Smart Hospital, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, opened in 2021
  • Home to several start-up incubators and accelerators, including the ventureLAB Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI) — Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products, including for healthcare technology — as well as YSpace York University and Treefrog Accelerator
  • Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct (VHCP): Partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and ventureLAB to transform the lands surrounding Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital into an epicentre of healthcare excellence
  • Central access to over 17,000 life sciences graduate students annually across the Greater Toronto Area

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17,000+ Grads in
Life Science Fields

The Greater Toronto Area is a hotbed for talent; with more graduating each year.

4 World-Class
Tech Driven Hospitals

Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital is Canada’s first fully ‘smart’ hospital.

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