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The right place to innovate
in life sciences

Inspirational successes


“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


“In 2007, we and our partners were the first to determine the role of the CRISPR-Cas system as a bacterial defence mechanism against bacteriophages. Then in 2008, my team proved the necessity of a DNA sequence near the genomic area targeted by the CRISPR-Cas system. In 2010, we were the first to show that the CRISPR-Cas system cuts specific double-stranded DNA fragments. The CRISPR-Cas9 technology will allow researchers to do things like correcting genetic mutations and develop treatments for hereditary illnesses. I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating in this breakthrough.” Sylvain Moineau, professor in Laval University’s Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics

why choose the Québec City
area, in Canada, for your project?

Cutting-edge expertise
to help you innovate

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.

Financial aid
to help you start up and grow

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.

Specialized talent pool
to help you stand out

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.

Low operating costs
to help you do more

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.

A critical decision-making hub
to help you connect

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).

Innovative partnerships
to push boundaries

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.

cutting-edge research centres

Largest French-language health research centre in North America

World leader in cardiology, pulmonology and obesity

Largest infectious disease research centre in Canada

Major biotechnology research and transfer centre

Highest concentration of food and nutrition researchers in Canada

Specializes in the internal and external factors that influence the social participation of people with disabilities

One of the largest neuroscience and mental health research centres in Canada

they chose Québec City

customized support

Québec International fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talent and investments to the area. We provide support services that are tailored to meet your needs and supported by our networks of local, national and international contacts. We are a unique guide that will help you join Québec City’s life sciences sector.

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