BioVectra Inc. is adding 40 jobs to its Charlottetown location and 110 jobs to its Windsor, NS plant. The company is planning a five-year, $144.6 million expansion to enhance its biopharmaceutical capabilities.
BioVectra manufactures pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis.
The expansion will support on-going production of active pharmaceutical ingredients in Charlottetown and of biologics in Windsor.
“In 2018, more than half of the top 10 pharmaceutical products in the global marketplace were based on biologics,” says BioVectra President Oliver Technow. “Biologics will continue to be the prime focus of research and development. We are embarking on growing the technological side of this research.”
The company employs scientists, engineers, marketing & sales, business development, maintenance, quality assurance, and information technology staff. “It is a great spectrum of expertise we have,” he says.
The plan includes 25 on-the-job training and internship opportunities for post-secondary students per year over the next five years. The investment will help BioVectra build upon collaboration with UPEI, Holland College, and other Canadian post-secondary institutions and research facilities. Also, annual scholarships for women and Indigenous students will be established.
“We are collaborating with Holland College and UPEI to extend more opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students,” Oliver says.
“We want to make sure that people who have a career here, stay here.”
BioVectra, which won the BIOTECanada Gold Leaf Award for “Company of the Year” in 2018, employs about 325 people in Atlantic Canada. It was also named Atlantic Canada’s Top Employer for 2018 and 2019 in Atlantic Business magazine.
“The growth at BioVectra is an exciting opportunity for our Bioscience Technology program,” says Holland College President Sandy MacDonald. “Graduates of the program are already successful in finding work in their field. It’s encouraging to see more jobs will be available to our students.”
UPEI offers a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology degree, which combines the two-year Holland College Bioscience program with two years in the science program at the university.
For more information on the educational programs, visit: www.hollandcollege.com/programs/Bioscience%20Technology.html
For more information about employment opportunities at BioVectra, go to www.biovectra.com/careers/.