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Quebecâ€™s Life Sciences Industry
Quebecâ€™s Life Science Industry at a Glance
Please note that the following information was extracted with permission from Investissement QuĂ©becâ€™s website. For more information on the life sciences sector, please please click here.
QuĂ©bec, Heart of Canadian fundamental Research
QuĂ©bec is the heart of Canadian fundamental research, with five international pharmaceutical firms carrying extensive fundamental research projects in their private R&D centres.
More thanÂ 2,000 scientists are directly involved in the discovery and development of therapeutic molecules in the pharmaceutical or in the biotechlogy sector as well as in medicinal chemistry.
Many medications have been discovered and developed here:
Health is the core sector of biotechnology in QuĂ©bec, with 67 firms employing 2,300 people. About 40 of them focus their activities on therapeutic research and a number of them have products reaching clinical development phases.
Some 20 international pharmaceutical companies have their Canadian head offices in QuĂ©bec. Key industry players include:
Contract Research Industry
QuĂ©bec is home to more than 30 experienced contract research companies, employing close to 5,000 people, that offer a complete range of contract research services ranging from pre-clinical to postmarketing surveillance.
Contract research in QuĂ©bec employs about 5,000Â people in 30Â companies, offering a wide range of services from preclinical research to drug monitoring. The major international-calibreÂ companiesÂ are:
Sources: Investissement QuĂ©bec, MDEIE