What is API?

API is a not-for-profit that works in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as research and post-secondary institutions across Canada. We draw on an interdisciplinary network of over 30 pharmaceutical scientists, clinicians, regulatory, patent, and market experts in a variety of fields and disease areas to bring life-saving research to the real world.

API is founded on the principal that in order to truly build an innovative and vibrant life sciences sector we must provide a framework that trains highly qualified persons on industry projects at the pace of industry while pulling together the expertise of Canadian research intensive institutions. We build translational teams in pharmaceutical sciences and drug development to support industry and innovators.



We are able to meet the needs of a wide variety of projects with our members and our access to:

- NMR (600MHz) facilities as well as HPLC, LCMS/MS, GCMS, and more

- ISO 6 & 7 (class 1,000 and 10,000) clean-rooms

- GMP compliant synthesis, formulation, and manufacturing, including Health Canada licenses for cannabis and restricted substances

- GLP compliant animal facilities

- Clinical trial facilities and sites

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What do we do?

Partner with industry to provide access to research innovation in a framework that supports commercial success. We facilitate projects in a model that keeps IP and ownership with the funder, moves quickly, and operates at a regulatory compliant level.

Support researchers and startups in bringing their research from bench to bedside. We provide the services and resources of a pharmaceutical company by delivering expertise in drug development: business, regulatory and patent strategy, regulatory compliant toxicology, synthesis, formulation, PK/PD, and a viable path forward from discovery to successful phase II clinical trials.

Leverage post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students as part of project teams for many of our services overseen by industry experts, as well as paid staff for quick turnaround times while providing training opportunities that builds capacity for the Canadian biotech industry. In many cases student project participants go on to careers as employees with the companies they’ve worked with through API. Interested in taking part in


Who are our collaborators?


The DDIC provides significant capacity to API and serves as a nexus for many of our service offerings, particularly our formulations and GMP capacity as well as our licenses relating to cannabis and other controlled substances.


Institute of Health Economics

IHE and API work closely together with IHE providing economic and health technology assessments for startups in the API incubator program.



We work closely with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre as a partner facility, providing capacity to NACTRC in clinical trial design, PK/PD, and more.



Alberta Health Services works with other healthcare providers, communities, businesses, and governments to care for the health and wellbeing of four million Albertans throughout their lives. With some 123,000 staff, doctors, and volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Albertans, they’re the cornerstone of Alberta’s health system and Canada’s largest healthcare provider.



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