Canada and Sweden strengthen collaboration on Life Sciences

Sherbrooke Innopole and Medicon Village ratified a memorandum of understanding on 26th September aimed at stimulating cooperation between the life sciences hubs of Sherbrooke, Canada and Lund, Sweden. The agreement was signed as part of the Sherbrooke International Life Sciences Summit which took place from 26th-27th September under the theme of ‘Building Opportunities Together’.

The cooperation agreement will bring the two organisations together to encourage and promote the life sciences industry in Canada and Sweden, as well as fostering and strengthening research- and business-related collaboration and discussion. Marc Cantin, Chair of Sherbrooke Innopole’s Board of Directors, described the collaboration as a “mutually beneficial alliance that will expedite innovation as well as success in both business and research”, whilst Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, Vice President at Medicon Village, commented that the agreement represented “an important step in the international reach out for Medicon Village” and expressed an expectation that “the cooperation will create great value for our members and that we in turn can contribute to development in the Life Sciences cluster in Sherbrooke”.

As a Local Development Centre (CLD) and economic development agency for the City of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke Innopole offers technical and financial support, advice and coaching to companies in five key sectors - including Life Sciences - who are engaged in implementation, innovation, growth and consolidation. Sherbrooke Innopole also works to convert the knowledge and discoveries of Sherbrooke’s two universities into economic value. Sherbrooke has two science parks recognised by the International Association of Science Parks, one of which is especially well-suited to the life sciences sector, with proximity to every component needed for its development: health care, teaching and research & development.

Medicon Village is a research, innovation and business complex for the life sciences industry. Offering 80,000 m² of leasehold premises for researchers and entrepreneurs and a number of research centres close by, the site is well-suited for collaboration and innovation. Medicon Village houses more than 850 people dedicated to improving population health and well-being. For further information, please see the Medicon Village website.

For further information on the memorandum of understanding, please see the Sherbrooke Innopole website.