Editorial of Frank Béraud - March 2019

Editorial of Frank Béraud
Published on
March 8, 2019

“There are no big life sciences events in Montréal anymore.” I have heard this complaint more times than I care to count in recent years… Fortunately, that’s behind us!

Spring is around the corner, and the first edition of the event EFFERVESCENCE will be taking place on April 24 and 25, 2019 at the TOHU. The first wave of speakers has been announced, and we are pleased to be able to welcome prominent figures in the sector with whom we can explore current, relevant topics. Registration in the Effervescence Stars Contest is open to applicants, and I look forward to becoming acquainted with the 10 young researchers selected by our jury. In addition to the quality of the programming developed by our 14 partners, I am convinced that you will be impressed by the unique format and ambiance of this event!

Whether you are a company looking for new business partners or are on the look-out for new employees, an academic researcher whose work would benefit from the valuable contribution of an industrial, an entrepreneur intent on embarking on a new business project, a student interested in building his or her network of contacts in the sector or simply a curious stakeholder in the know of everything “hot” in life sciences in Québec, EFFERVESCENCE is the industry’s event not to be missed. Its B2B connection platform will be up and running shortly. To have access, I invite you to contact us and register as soon as possible. We expect 500 participants. Will you be one of them?

Another landmark event this year will be the launch of the federal election campaign. The next budget will serve as an initial indicator about what could impact our sector, positively or negatively. The national drug plan, changes to the rules for drug prices, little link between the projects of Health Canada and the ambitions of Minister Bains for our sector, so many major issues for life sciences that are not always resolved in Ottawa and that already affect various aspects of our sector. This volatile context should push us even more to make our views heard by candidates from different parties and to make our case.

And as for you, what would you have to say to your future MP, minister or premier?

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