Premier Darrell Dexter joined researchers and academics in the life sciences sector to open the new Life Sciences Research Institute, today, June 21. The province helped fund the development of the institute with a contribution of $5 million. “Life sciences is a booming sector in Nova Scotia, with tremendous opportunities for growth,” said Premier Dexter. “The work of the Life Sciences research Institute will benefit Nova Scotia’s economic growth by attracting new business and a highly skilled scientific workforce.” The institute will focus its work on biotechnology, biomedical therapeutics, medical devices, innovative health care, and the education, financial and legal services that support this sector. The Life Sciences Research Institute will have the capacity to produce leading-edge research, and will feature enhanced clinical, educational and training experiences. It will work to strengthen and build life sciences in Nova Scotia and provide the infrastructure to support excellence in research. “The Life Sciences Research Institute is our jobsHere plan in action,” said the premier. “From opportunities for learning and innovation, to high-value jobs and global competitiveness, this institute exemplifies our plan to grow the economy and make life better for Nova Scotians.” Led by Dalhousie University, the institute was developed collaboratively with the Capital District Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre. Innovacorp has also relocated its BioScience Enterprise Centre to a facility near the Life Sciences Research Institute. It will focus on business development opportunities for the centre’s research.