Montréal InVivo produced two briefs this year in connection with the pre-budget consultations. The first focuses on the winning conditions for developing in Québec the ability to conduct studies in a Real world environment. The second is a framework proposal to be implemented to facilitate reliable, safe and quality access to health data in Québec to meet the needs of both researchers and companies.

The two briefs clearly are clearly aligned on the issue of data. The reception has been very positive, both by the Office of the Minister of Finance and by the Ministère de la santé et services sociaux. I felt a real commitment to quickly change the situation even if I am not clear on how it will be put in place to achieve such a goal.

The issue of health data was also part of the messages carried by the life sciences sector on Parliament Hill on February 12. By the initiative of Montréal InVivo, 11 partners from the sector came together to organize the first event to raise awareness of the life sciences sector. The purpose of the unifying messages were to raise the profile of the sector, its importance for Québec, its impacts and its main issues. I am very proud of the way we worked together and demonstrated not only diversity but also cohesion of the sector with the political decision-makers met with on that day. Certainly a wonderful experience to be repeated next year!

Finally, the topic of the hour: EFFERVESCENCE. This second edition promises to be even more exciting than the first with new features in the programming, announcements that will be made during the event, participation of companies outside  Québec, contests, etc. In other words, I encourage you to register right away because I am convinced that this year the TOHU location will hit capacity…


Frank Béraud