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Mississauga is home to a diverse life sciences ecosystem, with over 430 companies, 66 life sciences corporate head office locations, and over 22,000 people employed by the sector. Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the life sciences sector through a variety of activities such as networking and education events, a vibrant mentorship program, and by advocating for specific public policy actions to enable research, talent development, capital investment and commercial success.
LSO, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, Bayer, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon Pharma, Novo Nordisk, Roche and Sanofi Canada have established a scholarship and mentorship program, the first of its kind, designed specifically for Mississauga students. The Life Sciences Ontario Scholarship program is available for students with a permanent address in Mississauga, Ontario and who are currently enrolled in 1st and 2nd year undergraduate program in an Ontario institution. Preference will be given to students studying in fields that are linked to the employment footprint of the life sciences sector.
The scholarship program aims to increase awareness of the life sciences sector in Mississauga as a significant employer for new graduates, a significant driver of the local economy, an integrated local stakeholder, engaged with and supportive of the local community; and an existing, innovative and promising industry.
For the pilot year of the program, there will be 20 scholarships of $4000 each available.