BioPort Atlantic 2016 Kicks Off Today

By October 25, 2016News

News Release:  BioPort Atlantic 2016 Kicks Off Today

(Halifax, NS — October 25, 2016) – The opening reception for BioPort Atlantic 2016, where Atlantic Canada’s leaders in life sciences meet, kicks off tonight.  The full conference agenda unfolds tomorrow, October 26, 2016, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.  Hosted by BioNova, the annual conference connects companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and investors in one room to discuss the hot topics and trends in the life sciences industry and aims to create new business relationships.

“BioPort continues to grow and evolve based on the needs of the sector and we are excited to be hosting BioPort again, for its 15th year. The conference is designed to help businesses make connections and overcome their challenges, ultimately advancing the sector and adding economic value to the region,” said Scott Moffitt, managing director of BioNova.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2015, Peter Hogan, Vice President of the Atlantic Canada’s Opportunity Agency, Nova Scotia will offer words of welcome.  Dr. Abdullah Kirumira, Founding Chair and Technical Director of BioMedica Diagnostics and the honorary conference chair, will give the opening address.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Dr. Pravin Chaturvedi, President and CEO of Pivot Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Chaturvedi is a self-proclaimed Agent Provocateur who encourages people to challenge the way they look at and conduct enterprise development.  He will give his take on the balancing acts and realities within the life sciences and gain insight from successes via his talk: “The Family Feud: Entrepreneurs vs Investors in Building Life Science Enterprises”

In Atlantic Canada, the commercial life sciences cluster employs thousands of people, generating over $500 million in sales revenue each year.  There are more than 500 made-in-Atlantic Canada products competing in the global marketplace, with more than $78 million invested for future product development.

With a goal of furthering the region’s bioeconomy, the conference will address the adoption of innovation as an economic and healthcare driver, representatives from each province will address the opportunities for programs and initiatives available to support life sciences companies, and the opportunities for Atlantic Canadian Companies in Digital Health.

The complete conference schedule, can be found at



Jessica Gillis, Communications Officer
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About BioNova
BioNova is the industry association leading the advancement of the life sciences sector in Nova Scotia. BioNova leads and supports its members as we build a successful, self-sustaining life sciences industry in Nova Scotia. By promoting the industry and its successes, building relationships both inside and outside the province and creating networking and educational opportunities BioNova aims to accelerate the commercialization success of Nova Scotia’s life sciences businesses and organizations. To learn more about BioNova and its members visit


About BioPort Atlantic
BioPort Atlantic provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the U.S. and from around the world. For more information visit