The Biotech City and LAVAL TECHNOPOLE host a prominent life sciences and health technology delegation from Alsace BioValley
Gilles Vaillancourt, Mayor of Laval, Pierre Desroches, President and Executive Director of LAVAL TECHNOPOLE and President of the Biotech City, and Samir Mounir, Director of the Biotech City and the BIOPOLE, hosted a prominent life sciences and health technology delegation from Alsace, France, on October 13. André Reichart, First Vice-President of the Regional Council of Alsace, Senator of Bas-Rhin and President of Alsace International, led the mission with several colleagues, notably, Nicolas Carboni, General Manager of the Alsace BioValley “competitiveness cluster,” as it is called in France. This delegation of experts from the Alsacian business community attended a conference in the Council Chamber of Laval’s City Hall, where they met key individuals from the Laval economic community, more specifically, the Biotech City and certain Laval firms.
The conference had a two-fold purpose: to showcase the strength of the Alsace region in life sciences and health technologies and to publicize the calls for proposals for joint Alsace-Quebec projects in these fields.
The morning began with a presentation of the advantages of the Alsace region and the prospects for cooperation between Alsace and Laval in life sciences and health technologies. Then, with the collaboration of the Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), several Laval firms participated in networking sessions with a view to forging business ties with their Alsacian counterparts.
“Our companies are looking to form strategic business partnerships with Alsacian firms. I firmly believe that we can make our good economic relations even better and create mutually beneficial exchanges and business opportunities. Moreover, we’re convinced that this meeting will lead to a partnership agreement between the Biotech City and the Alsace Bio Valley competitiveness cluster,” said Samir Mounir, Director of the Biotech City and the BIOPOLE.
It will be recalled that in October 2010, the Biotech City hosted a large French delegation from the life sciences and health technologies sectors that included members from Alsace BioValley as part of Innovie, an event designed to promote partnerships between Quebec and French life science and health technology firms.
In fact, three years ago, the Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB) signed an important cooperation agreement aimed at forming a strategic partnership. The Biotech City was also a party to this agreement, which calls for a partnership between the parties, investments and furthering the growth of companies in both networks.