Access funding to host a business or research partner Jenny Keleher November 24, 2015

Are you working to establish a closer relationship with a potential customer, or collaborator or investor?

Through the generous support of the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA) the Atlantic Canada Bio-Industries Alliance (ACBA) is coordinating an International BioPartnering Mission for 2015.

The Steering Committee overseeing this initiative is now soliciting applications from Atlantic Canadian life sciences companies and research organizations that wish to invite international business and/or research collaborators to Atlantic Canada at a time determined by the host organization, with all travel being completed by January 31, 2016.

In order to participate, you must first submit a proposal to BioNB identifying an international colleague your organization wants to bring to New Brunswick and the compelling business reason why this project should be funded. If the proposal is approved, the applicant will work with the project manager to arrange travel and accommodation.

The BioPartnering Mission will be held over several days and the itinerary for the visiting partner would consist of one-on-one meetings and other activities as determined by his/her host.

And, the most important part – the IBDA will cover the cost of travel (up to $1,675) and accommodation (up to a maximum of $400) for your guest. Your cost as host will be a $500 participation fee, payable to your representative agency, and whatever hospitality you provide to your guest (meals, ground transportation, etc.).

The committee is looking for projects that involve a new business opportunity that would benefit not only your organization but also have the potential to contribute to the growth of Atlantic Canada’s life sciences community.

If you’re interested in participating in this project, please submit the following information to BioNB as soon as possible as seats are limited:

  • Your organization’s name and contact information;
  • Names and coordinates of the individual/organization you have contacted and wish to invite to Atlantic Canada;
  • The rationale for the invitation / potential outcome expected (New Markets/ Sales, Attracting Investment, Research Collaboration, Technology Transfer, etc.).

The organizing committee will review this information keeping in mind the mission criteria and available funding and get back to you as soon as possible to discuss next steps in the process. Travel arrangements will be made only after the participation fee has been received. Please note that a Biopartnering Mission Survey must be completed and submitted by the host company within two weeks of completing the mission.
We believe that bringing your key contacts to Atlantic Canada to see firsthand your products and/or capabilities and the local life sciences business and research environment, together with our famed East Coast hospitality, will be an important step in building long term relationships for your organization and our community.


Jennifer O’Donnell

Pre-Commercialization Development Officer


506-444-2444 (office)

506-453-8648 (main)

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