The pharmaceutical sector is a key industry in the City of Cambridge. The Toronto-Mississauga area is home to 55 per cent of Canada's pharmaceutical companies. Cambridge is within a one-hour drive of these major pharmaceutical companies.

Ontario's pharmaceutical sector is an important part of the province's economy. This sector contributes $25 billion in revenue, with 596 establishments and 27,500 skilled employees. There are more pharmaceutical companies in Ontario than in any other Canadian province, including global companies, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur, and homegrown companies such as Apotex.

Learn more about the Province of Ontario's pharmaceutical industry 

Research and development

Four of the top 10 Canadian research universities are within driving distance from the city of Cambridge, including:

In Canada, the pharmaceutical industry re-invests over $1.1 billion annually for research and development (R&D). Ontario receives more than $500 million of that investment.

Ontario's 24 research hospitals also employ more than 16,400 researchers and research staff, and invest $1.4 billion in R&D with excellent clinical research capabilities.

Companies in Cambridge

Below is a list of companies in the Cambridge area that are part of or support the pharmaceutical sector.

Atlas Pharmaceutical

Atlas Pharmaceutical is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). They specialize in:

  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Topical Creams

Their services include specialized in Stick-Packs filling and manual packaging.

Bimeda Canada
Bimeda Canada makes, warehouses and distributes animal nutrition and veterinary pharmaceutical products.
Biomatik is a leading product and service provider in life sciences. It is a one-stop source for BioReagents, ELISA Kits, Recombinant Proteins, Catalog Antibodies, Custom Gene and Peptide Synthesis, Custom Protein and Antibody Production Services.
Gallant Custom Laboratories Inc.
Gallant Custom Laboratories Inc., a division of Ceva Santé Animale, is Canada's largest manufacturer of prescription vaccines called autogenous bacterins for farm animals. The laboratory also provides diagnostic services, such as bacterial serotyping.
QPharm Inc.
QPharm Inc. is a contract packaging and manufacturing company with expertise in both the pharmaceutical and health product industries.

Located in Cambridge, Septodont has been providing dental analgesics for more than 75 years. The company currently produces more than 500 million dental injections per year at their 120,000 square foot facility. Septodont employs more than 300 workers experienced in technical and pharmaceutical positions.

Septodont develops, makes and distributes a wide range of products for dental professionals, including:

  • Local anesthetic cartridges
  • Topical gels
  • Dental needles obturation powders and pastes

The company also has innovative restorative solutions, covering needs in pain control, endodontics, restorative dentistry, infection control and more. Septodont recently completed a $35 million expansion at their Cambridge facility to increase production.

Tekni-Films is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high barrier films, foils and pouch materials for the pharmaceutical, medical, diagnostic health and beauty industries.