Montreal, Quebec, June 2, 2016 – NEOMED announced today that its Laval site, a high-tech research and development facility dedicated to biologics and vaccines, is now open for business to companies seeking to rent cutting-edge lab and office space. Located in Laval’s Cité de la Biotech near Montreal, the NEOMED Institute combines innovation with an entrepreneurial culture, acting as an open-access drug discovery hub where all the players in the life sciences ecosystem interface and network to discover the drugs of tomorrow, for the benefit of patients and the entire biopharmaceutical community.
The biologics and vaccines facility – formerly GSK’s R&D site – spans over 60,000 sq. ft. with a 75% lab / 25% office distribution, and boasts state-of-the art laboratories operating under the highest standards, fully equipped for cell culture, molecular biology, immunology, purification, and analytical chemistry, including BL3 suites.
“The site has some of the best-in-class lab space for biologics, having been a North American leader in developing flu vaccines and antibodies,” commented Paul Lirette, President of GSK Canada Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology Focus August/September 2015.
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ABOUT THE NEOMED INSTITUTE
The NEOMED Institute is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a bridge between basic research and the commercialization of new drugs by providing industrial expertise in drug discovery and development, combined with funding and a favourable ecosystem, to transform innovations into solid therapeutic solutions. NEOMED drives drug discovery activities up to the stage of human proof of concept. The NEOMED Institute has two fully integrated research and development facilities: one in Technoparc Montréal’s Saint-Laurent Campus, specializing in small molecule therapeutics, and the other facility, specializing in the development of biologics and vaccines, in Laval. Both facilities function as open-access drug discovery hubs housing independent commercial businesses and providing a dynamic environment that stimulates collaboration, innovation, and creativity.
The NEOMED Institute is jointly funded by the pharmaceutical industry, the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) of Canada.