Ontario has a long history of research and innovation in healthcare. It’s where insulin was discovered, where the pacemaker was invented, and where an inexpensive DNA sequencing system was developed. It’s where the first successful lung transplant was performed, in Toronto General Hospital in 1983, and where L-DOPA treatment for Parkinson’s disease was first pioneered, now the most common treatment for the illness.
At any given time, the province of Ontario is home to around 3,200 clinical trials, and is a destination of choice for many major pharmaceutical companies. Despite representing less than half of one percent of the world’s population, Canada captures 4% of global clinical trials, and the Toronto area alone is the fourth largest biomedical research complex in North America. Ontario’s pharmaceutical sector employs approximately 27,500 people, representing more than half of Canada’s total pharmaceutical employment.
For those interested in attending clinical research college, this means that Ontario is a great place to do so. The research industry is thriving, with many exciting opportunities for those hoping to work on the newest breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. With an education in clinical research, drug safety, and pharmacovigilance, students can learn how to manage and monitor clinical trials, design and write study protocols, and ensure the credibility and accuracy of clinical trial data while protecting the rights and confidentiality of trial subjects. Graduates are then prepared to take on a variety of positions in Ontario’s robust and innovative pharmaceutical industry, right out of training.
If you’re interested in a rewarding career in clinical trials, read on to find out why Ontario has become a hotbed of innovation.
Access to Diverse Subjects
As you’ll learn in clinical research college, having access to a large and diverse test population is essential to conducting good research, and Ontario has a demographically and ethnically diverse population of over 13 million people. This gives researchers a significant advantage when trying to understand the impact of a trial drug on different groups and develop safe and effective drugs for the broadest possible range of people.
A Rich Network of Research Organizations and a Highly Educated Workforce
Ontario is also home to a well-established and highly experienced network of clinical trial and contract research organizations. Ontario’s public research facilities like the London Health Sciences Centre and the Population Health Research Institute have long histories of collaboration with the private sector. Combined with a well-educated and globally competitive workforce, this provides a perfect environment for international companies looking to do clinical research. For students getting their clinical research diploma, this means a job market full of opportunities.
Staying Competitive With Public Funding and Tax Incentives
Another way that Ontario has kept itself competitive in the field of pharmaceutical research is with its extensive funding programs and tax incentives. Ontario’s research and development tax incentives are considered among the most generous in the world, and include the Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit, the Ontario Innovation Tax Credit, the Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit, and more. Funding programs like The Ontario Research Fund contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations doing innovative research in Ontario. All of this results in a research field that is well supported and highly incentivized to continue investing in Ontario and its people.
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