Ottawa Ottawa: capital hub of discovery The capital’s Life Sciences sector has emerged into the global market as a centre of discovery, development and commercialisation. O ttawa is a hub for discovery, development and commercialisation in the Life Sciences sector, Ottawa’s proximity to federal government and world-class research partners make the city an ideal location for innovation. The city is home to government departments directly responsible for health regulation, protection, promotion and research funding. According to Invest Ottawa, the city’s life sciences sector comprises: implemented the 2013-17 Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence (ORACLE) Strategic Plan. ORACLE aimed to maximises regional and interdisciplinary research to solve major questions in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment and has accelerated Canada’s global leadership in cardiovascular health 35 Canada research chairs 5 major research hospitals 3,900 employed in sector 140 companies Ottawa research hospitals provide a strong base for R&D in the region. In fact, out of 40 top Canadian hospital research institutions, five are in Ottawa. Aditionally, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is Canada’s largest cardiovascular research centre and ranks in the top 3% of worldwide research institutions based on the quality and impact of its scientific publications. The Ottawa Hospital has produced seven spin-off companies and six world leading clinical trials from 2015-16. At UOHI, research is closely integrated with clinical care. Affiliated with the University of Ottawa, UOHI aligns research with clinical needs to establish a seamless linkage, effectively translating research from “bench to bedside”. With regional partners, UOHI has 14 CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD innovation. “In disease areas with the greatest patient burden, we are creating and supporting unique Innovation Hubs of interdisciplinary research groups who will work with our Heart Teams in addressing key clinical care gaps,” the University says. “The Innovation Hubs foster collaboration and leverage Ottawa’s unique regional advantage, and generate lateral connectivity to harness talent, expertise, resources and opportunities. In turn, Ottawa is defining the next cutting edge and becoming a magnet for the global talent of trainees, rising research stars, and established investigators alike.” An Ottawa-wide CVD-research enterprise has also been set up to maximise the efficient use of resources and is leading the effort to capitalise on multidisciplinary expertise. Other Ottawa-based institutions engaged in exemplary work in the study of cardiovascular disease include the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Carleton University, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, National Research Council. Canadian Cardiovasular Congress win Ottawa has been selected to host the 75th Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in 2022 (CCC). Previously named Canadian Cardiovascular Society Annual Meeting, CCC has grown by bringing returning and new delegates to different locations across the country. The three-day congress will bring 2,500 cardiovascular and healthcare specialists and delegates from around the world to the 17,837sqm Shaw Centre. The congress is co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC). It will be the first time the Ottawa-based organisations will have co-hosted this annual Congress in their hometown.