Saskatchewan has a strong life sciences and research cluster, including national and international players with global reputations.
In Canada's heartland, it's not surprising to find a tradition of innovation in agriculture and new ways of thinking about bio-resources.
Saskatchewan is recognized as a world leader in biotechnology and life sciences, with some of the most advanced facilities in Canada.
Saskatchewan’s agricultural wealth and diversity create a natural environment for the development of functional foods, nutraceuticals and health products. This sector draws on the province's strengths in
- Food science and food processing technologies;
- Botany; and
- Animal sciences.
Saskatchewan is developing new products using renewable resources.
Saskatchewan offers extensive research and technological support, from plant biotechnology and fermentation capacity to analytical support and toll-processing, amidst the country's largest renewable bio-product resources. Candidates for commercialization in Saskatchewan include:
- Bio-based materials;
- Green chemicals;
- Renewable plastics; and
- Natural fibres and natural structural materials.
The province has some of Canada’s first and largest operating wheat-based ethanol plants and integrated biodiesel operations that produce:
- Dust-control products;
- Concentrated protein feeds; and
- Many other bio-products.