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Canadian BioTech Mission - October 26 - 28, 2016 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Request for Expression of Interest

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your expression of interest to participate in the “Canadian BioTech Mission to Brazil”, which will take place from October 26 to 28, 2016, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Mission Objective

To establish industrial R&D collaboration and co-development opportunities in the BioTech sector between Canadian and Brazilian companies leading to future commercial benefits for Canada and Brazil.

Canadian Delegate Profile

Canadian delegates to the “Canadian BioTech Mission to Brazil” will best benefit from the value added described above if they match the following profile:

Mission Description

The Canadian BioTech Mission to Brazil will take place on the margins of BIO Latin America, October 26 – 28, 2016 in Sao Paulo. The BIO event is focused on establishing strategic contacts, generating business through meetings and promoting networking. The target audience is pharmaceutical senior executives, managers of life science companies, investors, government representatives, service providers, research centres, and universities. Areas of focus at BIO include Human and Animal Health, Industrial, and Agribusiness and Environment.

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet with the major local players and start to build a networking for the BioTech sector, which is a must for the local industry. The mission’s activities aim to promote R&D and innovation partnerships, facilitate market access and promote opportunities for collaboration between Canadian and Brazilian companies.

Below is a preliminary, draft agenda of the mission:

The mission will comprise briefings, networking events with the local BioTech community, and partnership development one-on-one meeting sessions with Brazilian counterparts.  This mission will provide Canadian companies with a unique opportunity to establish a personal relationship with key Brazilian business counterparts, which is required for doing business in Brazil and will enable further collaboration, co-development and business in the near future.

BioTech Sector in Brazil

Biotechnology is one of the most promising sectors in Brazil, and continues to enjoy significant expansion.  Brazil is home to one third of the entire biodiversity in the world, and has built an exceptionally strong agribusiness sector. The BioTech market in Brazil is equally astonishing, comprised of a strong scientific base, abundant natural resources, growing and aging population, and the rise of millions of Brazilians to the middle class.  Together, these trends have increased demand for health care service and sustainably-produced food. Most public and private laboratories invest their resources in research towards new solutions for the production of bio fuels, transgenic and sustainably-produced food. The biotechnology market in Brazil is now estimated to have $17 billion in investments until the end of 2016.

Brazil is of the leading producers of gene sequencing data and stem cell research; the world’s largest stem cell trial is underway (MiHeart) which already has 1,200 patents. BioTech is a top priority for the Brazilian Government through its ties to social development, as evidenced by a recently created national network for biotech companies. This network also counts on support from Apex-Brasil, which promotes exports of Brazilian biotechnology products and services. The number of project grants provided to help researchers transform their discoveries into businesses is also increasing every year as is the amount of money invested by the government to help finance start-up and small companies. The last eight years have been marked by the implementation of industrial policies favoring companies in the health and life science areas, with the approval of non-reimbursable funds, establishment of government programs to support internationalization of the sector, and progress in university-industry interaction mechanisms.

The sector, however, is still dependent on financial investments from capital funds or other larger companies in the sector. The majority of the companies are spin offs and despite government assistance typically lack the sophistication and financial savvy required to succeed in the marketplace.  This presents an opportunity for Canadian investors and partners in the development of innovative solutions, including tax breaks and other incentives.

How to Apply for Participation

If you are interested in participating in this Canadian mission, we kindly request that you email us at to request the application form. Once filled out, submit the form to Ms. Livia Silva by email at no later than September 19, 2016.

For further information, please contact your BioTech Trade Commissioner in São Paulo, Ms. Izabela Duarte by email at or by phone +55-81-2122-3140.

We strongly suggest all participants to apply for a Brazilian Visa at the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in Canada, as the process is known to take 3-4 weeks.

How to Apply for Financial Support for Travel to the Mission

If you are interested in applying for financial support to travel to the mission, we recommend that you apply to the Going Global Innovation (GGI) program no later than September 19, 2016.  Please refer to the “Canadian BioTech Mission to Brazil” in your application to GGI.

GGI may be able to provide funding support toward travel costs related to the mission such as:

For further information on the financial support provided by GGI program, please contact:

Canadian BioTech Mission to Brazil
Science, Technology and Innovation Division
Global Affairs Canada

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) are jointly delivering a new program called the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) to facilitate industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in CIIP target countries, including Brazil. Collaborative R&D projects between Canadian and Brazilian companies resulting from the Biotech Mission may be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding in the future.

See more information regarding CIIP.

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