“Exchange, present, share and interact…this is BioMarine”
By Robyn Webb
When it comes to having a relationship with the ocean, Halifax and Nova Scotia are in a unique position. Not just with our location beside one of the world’s largest natural harbours but with the numerous sectors and industries in our economy that are shaped by the ocean. Everything from science, to energy, to tourism, to nutraceuticals is impacted by our connection to the ocean.
With the significant growth of Nova Scotia’s BioMarine industry in the last number of years, it’s no surprise that Halifax was chosen to host this year’s international BioMarine Business Convention.
Dedicated to the growth of the biomarine industry, this conference brings together executives and CEOs from marine ingredients, marine cosmetics, marine nutraceuticals, aquaculture, aquafeed, marine bio energy, pharmaceuticals and clean tech companies. This is the 4th BioMarine event and the first to be held in North America.
BioMarine 2013 attracted both national and international attention. This four-day convention was packed solid with presentations and opportunities for Halifax and Nova Scotia-based companies to develop global connections and showcase their biomarine expertise, innovations and products to an international audience.
Ocean technologies is one of Nova Scotia’s largest advanced technology industries, accounting for about one-third of all R&D performed by businesses in the province. Including spin-offs, ocean-related industries generate approximately $5 billion, or 15% of provincial GDP. Today, there are over 200 companies doing oceans sector business in Nova Scotia.
The Greater Halifax Partnership hosted a BioMarine 2013 event which saw ocean sector companies and organizations from Nova Scotia present to delegates from 12 countries. Presenters included:
- Nova Scotia Business Inc
- Acadia Seaplants Limited
- Ascenta Health
- Resolution Optics
- International Options & Trade
- Export Nova Scotia
- Dalhousie University
- National Research Council
These companies gave an exceptional overview of marine natural products, blue bio-technology, and associated industries in Nova Scotia. Looking forward, the BioMarine industry in Nova Scotia will only continue to grow. Biomarine companies looking to expand or invest in marine innovations should have Nova Scotia on their radar.
Nova Scotia stands out above the rest
When it comes to ocean-related business, Halifax and Nova Scotia have a lot to offer to international companies looking to locate here or develop partnerships with Nova Scotia-based companies and research institutions.
- International centre of excellence in ocean science with a critical mass of scientists undertaking exciting marine R&D
- Nova Scotia is home to 450 PhDs in ocean-related disciplines, the highest in the world
- Niche in marine-derived nutraceuticals and food additives
- Home to a defence and security cluster specializing in marine applications
Robyn Webb is the Director of Business Retention and Expansion and Labour Market Development for Greater Halifax Partnership. Robyn leads the SmartBusiness team and is responsible for visiting employers in Greater Halifax to discuss the challenges, needs and opportunities facing our business community.