November 2003 - volume 5, edition 2
The Québec Biotechnology Innovation Centre is a business incubator specialized in
biotechnology located in the heart of The Biotech City, in Laval. The Centre offers business
mentoring services, rental space and scientific equipments to start-up companies.
Inauguration of Phase 3 of QBIC
On October 20, QBIC inaugurated its new facilities (Phase 3) in the City of Biotechnology and
Human Health of Metropolitan Montreal.
The Centre now occupies 28,000 square feet in the Laval Biotechnology Development Centre
(LBDC), a recently built 128,000-sq-ft. building dedicated entirely to biotechnology on the
campus of INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, in Laval.
More than 150 guests were on hand to hear QBIC's partners speak of their involvement in
the project and to visit the new facilities.
"The set-up of these new suites of laboratories and offices will allow us to better meet the
needs of biotech start-ups," stated Dr. Jacques Gagné, chairman of the QBIC Board of
Canada Economic Development and the Ministry of Economic and Regional Development of
Québec each contributed $2.9 million to finance these new facilities and cover QBIC's
operating expenses. The Centre is also supported by QBIC founders LAVAL TECHNOPOLE and
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier as well as by the City of Laval.
From left to right: Pierre
Lapointe (INRS), Dr. Jacques
Gagné (QBIC), Michelle
Courchesne (Minister of
Relations with the Citizens and
Immigration), Michel Audet
(Minister of Economic and
Regional Development), Denis
Coderre (Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration), Me André
Boileau (City of Laval),
Normand de Montigny (QBIC),
Pierre Bélanger (Biotech City),
Vincent Auclair (Member for
Since its creation in 1996, QBIC has guided 19 companies through their start-up phase; six
currently reside in the Centre, while the other 13 have graduated from the incubator.
Together, these 19 enterprises employ 575 people and have assets totalling $117 million.
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