Editorial of Frank Béraud - October 2019
October 9, 2019
As a group of more than 75 people, we were quite a Québec delegation at the Medtech Conference in Boston a few days ago! That’s a record and I can tell you that the Québec presence hardly went unnoticed. Québec has been coined “The Coolest Hotspot”. This label is gaining ground and recognition, raising the sector’s profile internationally. The presence of Mr. Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, his announcements regarding the Consortium Medteq, or even the corporate financing through the BioMed Propulsion program, the organization of the international evening, the number of business meetings… all these factors testified to the vitality of the medical technologies sector in Québec and Montréal. On this subject, did you know that medical technology companies employ as many people as companies in the pharmaceutical industry in Montréal? I was particularly impressed by the many young companies that had made the trip to Boston. Many of them are in the commercialization mode or are very close and it’s so exciting to see these Québec technologies sparking interest in their target markets. I am constantly wondering how, as a designator of LSHT cluster, we can help them even more to perform and grow internationally.
One of the main reasons I attended this conference was to have the opportunity to meet with many of my counterparts from different parts of the world to speak to them about EFFERVESCENCE 2020 and work on drawing foreign company delegations to Montréal next April. The need to create a pivotal life sciences event in Montréal has been widely expressed in the past. Montréal InVivo and 13 other partners successfully organized this event in April this year and the second edition (April 22-23, 2020) is being prepared. Furthermore, the time is now to propose any potential topics or speakers, because the organizing committee will be meeting shortly to discuss the agenda.
The success of the 2019 event is clear but to give it the desired scope, the current challenge is to attract companies from outside Québec and therefore achieve the LSHT sector’s objective of international visibility, which is the case in the Québec life science strategy. I was working on this objective during the Medtech Conference just like I did last June at BIO. Reception was positive but I can’t do it alone. I am therefore calling on all of you. You certainly have business partners, colleagues and suppliers based outside of Québec. Invite them and convince at least one to participate in the 2020 event. The party will only be more incredible!