Herceptin and Avastin, marketed by Roche, and Erbitux, marketed by Merck, are true success stories in the fight against cancer. How do people manage to develop such drugs? Where do pharmaceutical companies immerse themselves in their quest to identify and market the most effective treatments?
The starting point is often the same: academic research. Next come the delicate steps of transferring discoveries to industry and patients. Laurence Rulleau, Univalor’s Vice President, Business Development, shares the latest developments in the collaboration between universities and pharmaceutical companies.


Space Codesign, a spinoff company of Polytechnique Montreal , announced on April 22nd the signing of a sales representation agreement with Avant Technology for its SpaceStudio™ system-on-chip (SoC) design optimization tool.


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Every three years, the Government of Québec evaluates the performance of Univalor in order to renew its funding. At the end of the assessment completed in late 2012, the government concluded that Univalor “offers real added value in supporting Québec’s innovation environment,” that it “fills a gap in the Québec technological innovation chain” and that its results indicate “a performance in line with expected outcomes.” In fact, overall, Univalor exceeded the targets and expected outcomes—sometimes dramatically. The government’s assessment focused on data collected in the three-year period between 2009 and 2012.<--break->


World Intellectual Property Day which will be held April 26, was created in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and its Member States. This annual celebration will highlight the link between IP and creativity and will promote innovation and economic growth.

The activities aim to explain how the protection of intellectual property (IP) supports the promotion of creativity and innovation as well as encouraging respect for IP rights of others.