Seneca Polytechnic recently celebrated the opening of the Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences (SCILS). SCILS offers a place for industry-focused applied research in biotechnology, cosmetics formulations, and life sciences diagnostics. It is a hub which will increase Seneca’s capacity and provide a space for industry partners to test new products. The lab includes a BSL-2 containment room, a controlled substances storages room, and a GMP-certifiable clean room. The facility has received funding from a variety of sources, including $2M from NSERC, $1M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and College Industry Innovation fund, $1M from the Ontario Research Fund, and $5.4 million from industry research partners and institutional investments.