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A booming industry in Québec City's metropolitan region

Key figures

150 companies
5,400 jobs
$1.4 CDN billion estimated in sales
85 centers, research chairs, clusters and institutes

Data compiled for the Québec City metropolitan region

With a state-of-the-art expertise in biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, natural health products (cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals), medical technologies and information technologies related to health, the Québec City metropolitan region is ideally positioned for a growing market. The global market of pharmaceutical products alone should double before 2020 to reach CDN $1.8 billion (PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010)-and the life sciences industry in the Québec City metropolitan region is set to reap the benefits.

Leaders with state-of-the-art expertise

The Québec City metropolitan region is distinguished by leaders and innovative companies with state-of-the-art expertise:

Key university hospital research centers

Investing in a favourable business environment

With a thriving life sciences industry, the Québec City metropolitan region benefits from ongoing and future investments (2010):

  • Expansion and renovation of Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, Québec City - CDN $635 million
  • Modernization of vaccine production facility, GSK - CDN $90 million
  • New R&D Center and production facility, BD GeneOhm - CDN $50 million
  • Otto Bock / Victhom Human Bionics - CDN $30 million
  • Obesity research laboratories, CRIUCPQ - CDN $28 million

According to KPMG's 2010 Competitive Alternatives report, operating costs in the Québec City metropolitan region are lower than the average for North American cities in clinical trials (27%), biomedical R&D (20%) and manufacturing pharmaceuticals (6 %)-making it #1 in Canada and the United States.

Life sciences - Fact sheet

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Life sciences - Fact sheet

Vaccines, infectiology, development of new medications, clinical research, diagnostic tools,  telehealth, medical equipment, clinical mobility, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals,  functional foods, cardiology, pneumology, oncology, tissue engineering

Portrait of these industries in the Quebec City Region. Produced by Québec International.

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