Government & Policy
Winnipeg set to launch healthcare technology incubator
– Work has started on an $11.2 million facility that will spur the
development of medical device, diagnostic imaging and healthcare I.T.
companies in Manitoba. When completed in 2005, the new Centre for the
Commercialization of Biomedical Technology (CCBT) will be able to house
40 companies seeking to expand and market their wares.
Included will be companies that develop diagnostic and imaging hardware
and software, create data analysis and informatics products, undertake
medical device manufacturing, or develop health information systems.
The cost of construction of the CCBT is estimated to be $11.2 million.
Funds are being provided by the National Research Council as part of its
community innovation strategy.
In addition, the Government of Manitoba is providing $2 million for the
construction of the CCBT and initial support to develop a number of the
“This will be a unique and innovative national centre for the commercial
development of biomedical technology,” said Manitoba’s Energy, Science
and Technology Minister Tim Sale. “It’s part of a bold new plan that
adds to our commitment to make Manitoba a national centre for innovation
in medical technologies and keep the commercialization of innovations in
While construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in the
summer of 2005, the CCBT’s programs will be launched in 2004. In
addition to welcoming biomedical and related firms and organizations as
tenants, the centre will offer a number of entrepreneur- and
The CCBT is part of a plan to build a bio-medical cluster of
researchers, companies and leading-edge hospitals in Winnipeg. It will
be located next door to the NRC’s Institute for Biodiagnostics, which
specializes in diagnostic imaging and has itself spun off six companies.
The CCBT is unique in that it will house tenants from a number of stages
of the company lifecycle, such as mature firms with well-established
markets and start-up firms working to define their markets.
The centre also plans to offer space for entrepreneurs wanting to
start-up a company. Each of these groups has their own distinct needs,
which will be addressed.
• New Entrepreneurs Program. This program will focus on inventors or
individuals in the formative stage of company creation. It’s designed to
connect emerging entrepreneurs with individuals who possess
Interns will assist entrepreneurs with business and market planning,
intellectual property and organizational design. This arrangement will
not only prepare the entrepreneur for successful firm start-up and
launch, but also help business interns find employment in the
• Technology Acceleration Program. The Technology Acceleration Program
is tailored to help start-up firms get support and solutions at the
right time in their development. Firms will be supported in efforts to
form networks and linkages with suppliers, customers, research
institutions and markets.
They will have access to mentors and experts to obtain financial support
from government and business. Participating companies will have already
passed through the initial stages of the entrepreneurial process and
will be more focused on product development and sales for their first
product. These companies may be seeking their first or second round of
• The Tenant Program. The Tenant Program is designed for mature firms
that are active in the biomedical technology community. They will be
champions and mentors to the Manitoba life sciences community and the
emerging biomedical technology cluster.
The CCBT will also be home to a prototyping facility for design support
and services. A teaching facility is planned and will provide
educational institutions with a place to hold seminars and courses. This
will allow the facility to expand upon the NRC-IBD/Red River College MRI
Services offered by the centre will include:
• Technology and business analysis and planning:
• Market strategy assessment and planning;
• National and international mission and partnering support;
• Technology law and intellectual property protection;
• Skills assessment and development;
• Investment networking and advice;