Canada boasts the second largest biotechnology industry in the world, with the fastest rate of growth in external patent applications.

Fredericton is the biotechnology nerve-centre of the province with the most diverse biomass in Canada and a long history of natural resource biotechnology innovation. We offer some of the lowest biotech business costs in the G7, impressive academic and private-sector research capacity, and a rich array of privately-held forests, waterways, coastlines, and agricultural lands.  

Biotechnology Education and Research 

The University of New Brunswick produces approximately 750 science, technology and engineering graduates per year and is the center of all academic research for New Brunswick. Fredericton is home to 60 research chairs and institutions, including 6 biotechnology-related research chairs:

  • NB Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies 
  • NB Innovation Research Chair in Innovative  Aquatic Bioscience
  • NB Innovation Chair in Medical Devices and Technology
  • NB Innovation Chair in Biosciences
  • Canada Research Chair of Boron Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Canada NBIF Innovation Research Chair on Omega-3 Fatty Acid Production

New Brunswick’s Bioscience Research Institutions

With multidisciplinary sector expertise, researchers at the province’s 14 bioscience-focused research organizations are ready to help biotech companies and start-ups develop, test and commercialize new products and services.

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Fredericton Research and Development Centre 
  • Atlantic Cancer Research Institute
  • Atlantic Forestry Centre - Canadian Forest Service         
  • Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre (CCNB)
  • Coastal Zones Research Institute
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Gulf Fisheries Centre 
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Saint Andrews Biological Station
  • Horizon Health Network
  • Northern Hardwoods Research Institute 
  • Research and Productivity Council
  • Soil & Water Conservation Centre (CCNB)
  • Stan Cassidy Centre
  • The Huntsman Marine Science Centre
  • Vitalité Health Network 





Sector Profile



Marine Biotechnology