Vancouver, BC and Charlottetown, PEI (November 9, 2021) – adMare BioInnovations and the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) are pleased to announce their new partnership to train industry-ready talent for Canada’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

Headquartered in Prince Edward Island, CASTL is a first-of-its-kind Canadian skills and training initiative established to increase talent for Canada’s bioeconomy. Specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, CASTL has brought to Canada world-class technical training curriculum from the globally recognized National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). Working with industry, academia and government, CASTL will offer multiple applied learning streams and pathways for individuals to acquire hands-on technical training and theoretical knowledge.

Under this new collaboration, the adMare Academy will become the Lead National Partner for CASTL; and the two organizations will work together to facilitate the development, delivery, and growth of CASTL’s training programs across the country.

“Building talent is a key piece of the adMare mission,” said Gordon C. McCauley, President and CEO of adMare. “We know that the greatest competitive advantage and most valuable resource of the Canadian life sciences industry is our people. We also know however, that the enormous growth our industry is experiencing has created significant skills gaps – so we are very excited to partner with CASTL to help address these gaps to facilitate continued growth.”

Penny Walsh-McGuire, CASTL’s Executive Director added, “By working together under the auspices of the adMare Academy, we will accelerate the building and implementation of CASTL’s pre-eminent biopharma manufacturing training, and amplify our impact on the sector from coast to coast to coast.”

Private industry and public policy makers across the country are aggressively adding the biomanufacturing capacity that the pandemic showed is critical to Canadian self-reliance. With this partnership, adMare and CASTL will build the domestic talent to enable effective scale-up of biomanufacturing facilities. Together, CASTL and adMare are offering gold-standard training programs that provide the theoretical, hands-on, and professional competencies to ensure graduates are work-ready. These personnel will power the growth and success of Canada’s biomanufacturing and broader life sciences sectors.

About adMare BioInnovations

With a wealth of scientific discovery, Canada is primed to be a global leader in life sciences. To make this a reality, adMare uses its scientific and commercial expertise, specialized infrastructure, and investment capital to build new companies, robust ecosystems and industry-ready talent – and re-invests its returns back into the Canadian industry to ensure it is sustained and thrives for the long-term. Our 25+ portfolio companies have attracted more than $1.4 billion of investment, have a combined value of over $3 billion, and employ more than 900 Canadians. The adMare Academy has trained more than 300 alumni – 95% of whom are employed in the life sciences industry.

About CASTL

TheCanadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) provides world-class technical training in life sciences specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Established to address the future skills needs of the fast-growing bioscience sector, CASTL is a first-of-its-kind Canadian partnership among industry, academia, and government. As the exclusive Canadian provider of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) licensed training programs, CASTL will offer multiple applied learning streams and pathways for individuals to acquire the industry informed hands-on technical training and theoretical knowledge, to have a successful career in Canada’s bioeconomy.

 

Contacts:

Barry Gee

Senior Director, Communications and External Affairs

adMare BioInnovations

604-619-4805

bgee@admarebio.com

 

Chelsey Rogerson

Director of Marketing and Communications

CASTL/Prince Edward Island BioAlliance

902-213-7351

chelsey@peibioalliance.com