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The Government of Quebec and the New Canadian Government Invest in the Creation of an International Biobank
Date:8/21/2007

Genome Quebec and the Centre de sante et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi launch the Genome Quebec-Centre hospitalier affilie universitaire regional

de Chicoutimi Biobank

SAGUENAY, Quebec, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development, Mr. Raymond Bachand, Quebec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, Mr. Paul L'Archeveque, President and CEO of Genome Quebec, Dr. Richard Lemieux, Executive Director of the Centre de sante et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi, Mr. Real Lallier, Associate Vice-Rector of Research of the Universite de Montreal, and Mr. David Wellis, President and CEO of GenVault today announced the creation of a world-class Biobank.

The Biobank was developed by Genome Quebec, in partnership with the Centre de sante et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi, a hospital centre affiliated with the Universite de Montreal. The Biobank is part of the P3G/CARTaGENE project that was announced on May 22. Primarily created for storing and managing biological samples collected by the CARTaGENE project from 20,000 citizens of Quebec, it will also support other key projects. The Biobank will receive financing of $9.6 million over three years.

Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn expressed the region's pride at the fact that local expertise successfully lobbied to have the new facility housed in the Centre de sante et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi. The $2,130,000 in funding will be used to adapt the premises needed to operate the Biobank and to support quality jobs. "Our country has developed outstanding expertise in the field of health research and human genome decoding. The establishment of the Biobank will enable the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region to carve out a prime place for itself among national and international genetic research networks and, in so doin
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