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Bruce Clark, President of Medicago, and Dr. Gary Kobinger, Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre at Université Laval (IDRC) will show you how Québec City was a decisive factor in their successes.
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In Québec City, GenePOC was able to design a device that can detect microbes and viruses in less than 70 minutes using a genetic imprint. It combines genomics, biology, microfluidics, optics/photonics and engineering to prevent infectious diseases and catch them early. We chose Québec City because of its qualified workforce, the incredible knowledge and skills of its researchers, and the fact that it allows us to market abroad. Why would we go anywhere else?” Patrice Allibert, President and CEO, GenePOC
Particularly active in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and cosmeceutical industries, Québec City has more than 120 businesses and some 80 research centres, chairs and groups in the life sciences field.
The City of Québec has implemented several unique financing programs to support the introduction and growth of companies. Among others, these programs help companies reduce their R&D infrastructure costs.
The area is home to nearly 64,000 workers with life sciences degrees. Laval University, ranked one of the best research universities in Canada, hosts many experts and professors who are renowned around the world for their contributions to scientific breakthroughs.
Québec City has a cost advantage; it is up to 34% cheaper to operate here than in other cities with 100,000 or more residents.
As the capital of Quebec, Québec City is home to the seat of the province’s minister of health and social services, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (Quebec’s public health institute), and the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (Quebec’s health and social services centre for excellence).
Here, small and large companies work together to encourage technological innovation. They are supported by a strong network of public authorities and socio-economic agents who help them become even more competitive.