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Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Hub (CP2H)

Building on the lessons learned after three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from across Canada have joined forces to create the Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Hub (CP2H).


The CP2H, co-led by uOttawa (in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital) and McMaster University, is one of the five research hubs selected following the Stage 1 of the integrated Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) funding opportunity totalling $10 million. The hub will be a strategic partner to enable Canada to become internationally competitive in the translation of novel biotherapeutic discoveries from academic laboratories and industry settings into clinical testing and commercialization. This unique collaboration between industry, academia, government, and healthcare institutions will allow Canada to pivot quickly and protect the health of Canadians should another epidemic or pandemic emerge.


The Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Hub is a network that will ensure that Canadian discoveries are turned into the medicines of tomorrow in a cost-effective, timely fashion. The new hub brings together highly collaborative investigators from across Canada with complementary research interests and a demonstrated track record of working together.

Our partners

CP2H will link the private sector with intellectual capital, physical infrastructure, experiential training programs, GMP facilities and manufacturing capacity across five leading Canadian universities and their affiliated research centres: 

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Network partners

Our action plan

Leveraging collaborations across the entire Canadian biomanufacturing ecosystem, CP2H will:  

  • Expand existing research, GMP manufacturing infrastructure and talent investments to develop therapeutic and diagnostic platforms and technologies including viral vectors, vaccines (protein subunit, mucosal, VLP), small molecules, antivirals and antimicrobials, antibodies, and immunomodulators.  

  • Accelerate the translation of our novel platforms and technologies into commercially viable products, and partner to rapidly conduct early phase clinical trials.  

  • Coordinate, develop and support experiential training programs to address biomanufacturing talent gaps in good laboratory, manufacturing, clinical, regulatory practices, bioprocessing and facilities management.  

  • Support small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) by providing access to research expertise, collaborative research spaces, product development, GMP manufacturing and clinical development networks. 

  • Embed equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices throughout our program

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CP2H and the 100-day challenge

The world must urgently work together to outpace emerging viral threats. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has set forth an ambitious 100-day challenge.
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Call for expressions of interest (EOI)

The scientific and research community and industry from across Canada are invited to join the CP2H to accelerate development of novel biotherapeutics, small molecule therapeutics, diagnostics, infrastructure, and experiential training programs in support of Canada’s pandemic preparedness. 

  • The deadline for the submissions of Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the CP2H is Friday, May 12th at 5 p.m. (EDT).
  • To access the EOI and the CP2H project worksheet forms please send an email to [email protected]
  • The EOI and the CP2H project worksheet forms are to be submitted to the following email address: [email protected]
  • CP2H key contacts

Contact us

John C. Bell, PhD

Scientific Co-Director 

[email protected]

Matthew Miller, PhD

Scientific Co-Director 

[email protected] 

Ken Lawless


[email protected]  
(343) 999-8624

Darren Lawless

Associate Director 

[email protected]  
(289) 838-5330