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3 Jul 2014

Life sciences and research and innovation missions to Boston

Ministers Hamad and Bolduc with government and private representatives of Québec.

Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Sam Hamad and Minister of Health and Social Services Yves Bolduc participated in the 2012 International Convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Boston from June 18 to 20.

Québec’s participation in the Convention demonstrates the government’s intention to strengthen Québec’s position as a leader in this strategic sector of our economy. As a result, the ministers attended several major BIO 2012 events and had an opportunity to speak with many influential figures in this area of activity, which enabled them to :

  • promote Québec’s expertise
  • showcase our investment-friendly business environment

The ministers also took part in the unveiling of a life sciences funding program in conjunction with the Québec-Ontario Corridor announced at BIO 2011. The Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery launched the initiative in association with three top Ontario organizations.

The BIO International Convention is the biotechnology industry’s biggest global event. In addition to offering hundreds of workshops and sessions, BIO 2012 attracted :

  • 1,800 exhibitors
  • over 15,000 visitors from some sixty countries

Parallel missions

In parallel with BIO 2012, Ministers Hamad and Bolduc each headed a sectoral mission.

Minister Hamad led a research and innovation mission along with others, including Québec Chief Scientist Rémi Quirion and Julie Payette, Québec’s Scientific Delegate to the United States, to strengthen collaboration between Québec and the United States in this sector. He participated in a panel with experts from Massachusetts and Québec working in the field. As Minister Sam Hamad explained: “It is important to promote Québec’s fields of excellence and establish collaboration with key U.S. organizations.”

While in the Boston area, Minister Bolduc visited Brigham and Women's Hospital (a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School) which is recognized for its high level of performance. He also met with experts in this sector to learn about models that could prove promising for the organization of Québec’s health services.

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Economic mission to Boston (in French)
Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (QRIS)
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