Connecting the Brightest Minds to the Right Opportunities for a Healthier British Columbia

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs is pleased to announce our partnership with Health Research BC. Mitacs will support new programming from the organization through support for much-needed paid internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants will receive guidance from expert mentors at BC-based life sciences companies and gain hands-on business skills. By hosting and mentoring trainees, small and medium-size companies gain research expertise to drive innovation, solve complex challenges and help position BC as a global hub for life sciences.

The program is offered in partnership between Mitacs and Michael Smith Health Research BC. Together the organizations will work to reduce a barrier identified in BC’s life sciences and biomanufacturing strategy to find the right people with the right skills needed to support a healthy future for British Columbians.


John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs

“At Mitacs we’re committed to investing in skill development — whether that’s opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning or ensuring businesses in British Columbia have the tools they need to succeed. This important partnership with Health Research BC will open doors to collaborations and opportunities across academia and industry. Together we’ll empower research talent to fill a critical gap between academic skills and life sciences business skills.”

Dr. Bev Holmes, President & CEO, Michael Smith Health Research BC

“Our organization is creating a diverse and skilled research talent pool that expands research impact and improves the health of British Columbians. I’m excited to launch this new program that supports passionate researchers and creates jobs in BC’s life sciences sector.”

About Mitacs

Mitacs works to bring innovation to more people in more places across Canada and around the world. Mitacs makes investing in new knowledge easier through access to top researchers, flexible project plans, and co-investments in talent.

A not-for-profit organization, Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.

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