Program Objectives

The CREATE for BioZone connects bioscience and bioengineering researchers with experts in leadership, entrepreneurship, law, and Open Science training. In so doing, the CREATE for BioZone will establish a training hub producing graduates with alternative perspectives and dynamic, adaptable skills needed to grow Canada's share of the global circular bioeconomy. The circular bioeconomy is the intersection of the bioeconomy and the circular economy, where renewable resources are transformed into a cascade of products, with higher value products and their residues progressively recycled and transformed into new and valuable products. Developing Canada's circular bioeconomy is essential for sustainable development and growth.

Benefits for Participants

The CREATE program will provide participants with the skills needed to lead Canada's transition to a sustainable circular bioeconomy. Learning experiences include workshops in:

  • Accelerating innovation through open science and novel business models
  • Improving data fluency through programming and using, sharing, and visualizing large omics datasets
  • Evaluation of biotechnologies using TEA and LCA methodologies
  • Science communication and leadership training

CREATE participants are also eligible to for:

  • International research exchange funding
  • Funds to support company creation
  • Co-Curricular Record (CCR) accreditation

Training Program Overview

Growing Canada's biotech sector will require students to possess more than technical excellence. This CREATE program addresses three skill gaps that will equip our students to become leaders in the bioeconomy sector.


Data fluency

The CREATE Program will equip students with the skills to manage and share enormous amounts of data generated by genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and sensor technology.

Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Idea Generation

The CREATE promotes the acceleration of innovation by training students in knowledge transfer skills, open science principles, and entrepreneurship techniques, and provides researchers with the space to incubate their technologies.

Communication and Leadership Skills

The CREATE Program will train researchers in science communication to non-technical audiences, and promote authentic leadership and inclusive culture.

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