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The Goodman School of Business BioLinc brings exciting new opportunities for collaboration between southern Ontario’s research and business communities.
BioLinc is located in the new $111.4-million Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex on the University’s main campus. BioLinc occupies approximately 5,000 square feet in the Cairns Complex and has the capacity to nurture multiple companies, projects, researchers and students at one time. BioLinc is working with start-up companies and entrepreneurs in the health and bioscience sectors.
BioLinc’s location in the Cairns Complex is a strategic decision designed to promote, create and support collaboration among the residents and some of Canada’s leading bioscience thought leaders. Collaborative teams of Brock’s faculty, researchers, staff, students and alumni, plus representatives from private industry are available to support and work with residents to accelerate the launch of their new technology-focused ventures. Therefore due to its collaborative nature, BioLinc plays a key role in establishing stronger connections in Niagara among research, commercialization, technology transfer and market development that allow entrepreneurs access to the resources necessary to innovate and commercialize their ideas.
As companies develop and graduate from the BioLinc to take up residence in Niagara Region and beyond, new spaces become available for the next round of residents, ensuring continuous growth in the Niagara Region’s bioscience sector.
In addition to the physical incubation space provided by BioLinc, Innovate Niagara has a web portal that helps entrepreneurs navigate thorugh the regulations and requirements and features the ability to create a personalized roadmap that tracks the journey of launching an idea into the marketplace.
The website  is part of a suite of services offered by Innovate Niagara to entrepreneurs in addition to advisory services, training, mentoring, networking and more, all available at little or no cost.
BioLinc would not have been possible without the generous support of our government partners. In January 2012, the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative (FedDev) provided $843,500 to Brock University to be used as seed funding for Brock BioLinc.
The funding was announced under the leadership of St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra, on behalf of Minister Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario.
Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario operates to reinvigorate economic development in southern Ontario. FedDev’s different initiatives support many different kinds of industry including biosciences, manufacturing and other sectors. FedDev’s Prosperity Initiative encourages businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in
southern Ontario to undertake new projects aimed at stimulating the economy. These exciting projects will result in a more productive, diversified and competitive economy, thus driving economic and community development. The initiative allows grants and contributions for innovative entrepreneurs to succeed in the competitive world of
business. The funding will support projects like BioLinc, which provides resources to help new entrepreneurs fortify their business practices.