Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem

Access funding and partners to scale your business

With the SOPHIE program, you receive funding and access to Hamilton’s unique life science capabilities and research expertise to bring your innovation to market and scale your business. We’ve done the heavy lifting and built a coalition of partners so you can leverage Hamilton’s leading-edge clinical and research infrastructure – supporting you at a critical phase of your commercialization journey.

What is SOPHIE?

SOPHIE is a program funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), in partnership with Innovation Factory and the Synapse Consortium. Ontario-based life science innovators launch collaborative projects while leveraging the facilities, expertise and infrastructure of world-class academic and clinical institutions in Hamilton, including McMaster University, Mohawk College, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Successful applicants can access up to $100,000 in non-dilutive grant funding to support their commercialization project with an academic or clinical partner.

SOPHIE enables life science innovators to access research expertise and infrastructure

Stats & Figures

SOPHIE by the numbers

1
Commercialization projects launched
$ 1 M
Project investments in commercialization
1
Jobs created & supported
+$ 1 M
Funds raised by companies

SOPHIE Success Stories

Discover how these life science innovators successfully leveraged the SOPHIE program to bring their ideas to commercial reality through this unique funding and collaboration opportunity.

Are you ready?

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Confirm that you meet all eligibility requirements, then begin the application process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Project grants for the SOPHIE program will continue to be accepted until the fall of 2023.

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If you have any questions regarding SOPHIE, please get in touch with us through our Contact form.

Program Partners

McMaster University
Hamilton Health Sciences
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton
Mohawk College
Innovation Factory
Synapse Consortium