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Life Sciences Hub

An international life sciences hub to improve patient care, advance clinical research, increase development of new products, attract high-value trade and investments and create desirable careers in the Windsor-Essex Region.


Media Release: May 22, 2015 - Life Sciences Hub Takes Shape in Windsor-Essex, Ontario Canada


Why Windsor-Essex?

US Market Access

Access to Canadian and EU Market

Access to Expert Clinical team to Support Product Testing

Access to Experts to Support Product Adoption and Procurement

Access to Clinical Facility to Create Evidence of Impact

Access to Legal and Financial Experts

Access to Resources and Expertise at University of Windsor  and St. Clair College for:

Market Research

Documentation of Impact Study

Product Positioning and Marketing

Market Access

Product Development

Engineering Support

Physical Space for Companies from outside the Windsor-Essex Region at a Low/Zero Cost in a Health /Hospital Setting with Ease of Access to Health System.


Services Offered:

Manufacturing Support and Expertise

Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Support (Odette School of Business, University of Windsor)

Market Analysis Support and Engagement (Odette School of Business, University of Windsor)

Connectivity/Engagement with Health System Organization Leaders, Clinicians (Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare and others)

Support to Clear Regional Ethics Board


Selection Criteria:

Potential to Manufacture the Product Locally

Ready for Commercialization

Evidence of Financial Support/Investment to Support Growth

Evidence of Successful Track Record:

Able to Move Innovation from Idea to Product to Successful Market Uptake and Adoption

Evidence of Skills, Knowledge and Ability in Entrepreneurs/Management Team/Investors/Mentors

Able to Achieve Successful Regional Ethics Board Approval with Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital and University of Windsor ethics

Potential for Scalability/Market Access to Canadian and Global Markets



How to Apply:

1. Download and Fill Out the Application Form

Application Form


2. E-Mail Form to:

Rakesh Naidu
Chief Operating Officer
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp.
Tel: 519-997-2390


May 22, 2015 Media Conference - Images

Janice Kaffer, President & CEO, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare

Brian Lewis, CEO, MEDEC

Jason Field, President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario

Gary Switzer, CEO, Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Dr. Steve Bartol, Chief Medical Officer, Henry Ford Innovations Director, Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative Director, Davidson Fellowship




Offical Signing of the MOU

Standing: Janice Kaffer, President & CEO, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, Bill Marra, VP Government Affairs, Planning & Development, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, Rakesh Naidu, COO, WindsorEssex Economic Development, Sandra Pupatello, CEO WindsorEssex Economic Development

Sitting: Shelley Fellows, Board Chair, WindsorEssex Economic Development, Shari Cunningham, Board Chair, Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare


Important Links

A cross-border hub of research and innovation! Linking U.S. and Canadian networks for medical equipment and device manufacturing, clinical trials and nutraceutical development.

Life Sciences Key Sector Profile