Other innovation sources
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Greater Montréal is a region where innovation and creation take many forms. Besides research centres, other areas are devoted to encourage and facilitate this innovation.
Research Partnerships and Consortiums
Meeting ground for all stakeholders in drug research its principal mission is to finance research projects carried out in partnership between the academic and hospital milieus in the public sector and the pharmaceutical and biotechnologies industry in the private sector. An innovative Canadian initiative, the CQDM has a twofold goal: to accelerate the drug discovery process and to develop safer and more effective drugs.
A non-profit consortium, whose goal is to promote and conduct collaborative pre-competitive industry research projects. It includes universities and most of the key players of Québec’s aerospace industry.
Over the past five years, Hexagram has helped to develop a focal point for expertise and a new wave of research-art in university arts and media technology in Québec and Canada. It places the artist-researcher, the true accelerator, creator and catalyst of innovation at the centre of the creation of content and new technologies stemming from university research.
A non-profit corporation that stimulates industry-university R&D partnerships to increase the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in Québec.
University Research Commercialization Firms
The objective of commercialization firms is to promote innovative technologies developed by universities and their research centres. Three commercialization companies are active in Greater Montréal:
A limited partnership whose mission is to commercialize the results of research carried out by its limited partners. The limited partners of Valeo Management L.P. are the member universities of the Université du Québec network (Université du Québec à Montréal, École de Technologie Supérieure, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) and Concordia University.
MSBi Valorisation (MSBiV) is the bridge between discoveries made through university research and private business. MSBiV specializes in sectors that are at the forefront of innovation today, including information and communications technology, life sciences, the physical sciences and energy. It works in close collaboration with its university partners: McGill University, Bishop’s University and the Université de Sherbrooke.
Univalor is a limited partnership whose mission is to transfer to industry the university inventions developed by researchers attached to the Université de Montréal, its affiliated schools (Polytechnique, HEC Montréal) and several of its affiliated hospitals.
FPInnovationsMC – Paprican is a leading non-profit research and technology institute that provides valuable technology transfer and cost-competitive research addressing both the short-term and strategic needs of its member companies. Its research programs are driven by the industry's high-priority technical issues, such as product quality and value, cost competitiveness, environment and sustainability.
The Research and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment (IRDA - Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement) is a non-profit research corporation, created in March 1998 by four founding members, the department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agri-food (MAPAQ - Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation), the Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA - L'Union des producteurs agricoles), the Environment and Parks (MDDEP) - Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs) and the Department of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE - Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation). The mission of IRDA is to conduct knowledge acquisition, research, development and transfer activities, with the goal of contributing to the sustainable development of agriculture.
NanoQuébec's mission is to strengthen innovation in nanotechnology in order to ensure sustainable economic growth for Québec and Canada. It helps to develop a competitiveness pole for the province of Québec in areas related to nanotechnology and to encourage the adoption of nanotechnology in the province. It also aims to position Québec a Canadian and global leader in nanotechnology. Lastly, NamoQuébec will encourage the adoption of standards and ethical behaviour for responsible development of nanotechnology.
Founded in 1996, the SAT is a transdisciplinary centre dedicated to research, creation, production, presentation, education and conservation in the field of digital culture. It brings together researchers and creators who work with digital technologies, through its research, prototyping, production education, editing and public forums. The SAT fosters creativity, scientific progress and knowledge transfer, while establishing strategic alliances and partnerships with cultural agencies, research and educational institutions and private businesses, at the local, national and international levels.
To learn more about the major research infrastructures in Greater Montréal, please visit the Website of the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec.