The government of Canada has 32 top priority areas of health-based research. Therefore, it is an excellent idea for those looking into starting a startup in the biotech or related industry to see where the government spends the most resources.
I'm sharing the links to those priorities and a summary of what kind of innovations we can see.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research's list:
100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes - More treatment innovations to treat diabetes. Did you know that insulin was discovered and synthesized first in Toronto, Canada?
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) - Creation of new antibiotics, especially that many bacteria are resistant to many medicines.
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) - basic research to discover new ways to deal with DNA-related diseases.
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) - Research about aging and its impact on health. It can lead to discoveries of new products to treat aging or increase the quality of life.
Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) - It is focused on research data.
Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) - It can lead to new treatments for mental health and addiction.
CIHR Dementia Research Strategy - It can lead to new discoveries related to dementia.
Collaborative Health Research Projects - Projects that are multi-disciplinary on health and natural sciences.
Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) - It focuses on the delivery of primary care. It can lead to an increase in health care coverage.
COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative - It may bear fruits to help people with mental health or its worsening due to COVID-19.
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) - It focuses on evaluating the new class of medicines created from biological components.
eHealth Innovations - It can lead to more digital health care increasing the coverage of health care across communities.
Environments and Health - It leads to discoveries of the relationship between the environment and consequences to health care.
Evidence-Informed Health Care Renewal (EIHR) - It leads to spreading the latest advancements in health care to health professionals.
Health Research Rapid Response - A unit responsible for focusing on urgent health threats.
Healthy and Productive Work - A unit responsible for improving the relationship of workers and its productivity. It can lead to new ways to create a safer work environment.
Healthy Cities Research Initiative - It can lead to a healthier city-based population.
Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI) - Similar to CLSA, it analyses improvement on health throughout an individual's lifetime.
Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI) - Similar to the item above but focus on the Indigenous population.
Hepatitis C Research Initiative - A project to support Hepatitis C research and training.
HIV/AIDS Research Initiative - It focuses on HIV vaccine research.
Indigenous initiatives and programs - All-encompassing initiatives to improve the quality of life for the indigenous population.
Inflammation in Chronic Disease - It can lead to discoveries of new ways to treat inflammatory diseases such as allergies, auto-immune diseases, etc.
Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy - It focuses on the consequences of the recreational usage of cannabis. It can lead to new policies.
Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) - Research network to support indigenous health.
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples - It focuses on improving policies and implementations to further indigenous health care.
Personalized Health - This can lead to new services to create targeted health care solutions for all.
Personalized Medicine - This can lead to more services that can provide targeted and custom-made medicines to individuals.
Post-traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) among Public Safety Personnel (PSP) - It is an initiative to support police and other public servants for mental health.
Research in Substance Use - It can deal with a new strategy to deal with mental health and addiction.
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) - This could lead to new startups that support researchers.
Transitions in Care - Interesting initiative to help patients that require multi-disciplinary services. It can lead to better services for patients and families.