7 February 2013

$300,000 Grant for ACCORD Health Biotech Cluster

The ACCORD Health/Biotech cluster has received a non-reimbursable grant of $300,000 from the Government of Québec to support its growth in the Estrie region.

At the same time, this cluster of excellence is repositioning to focus on aging and senior independence. Sherbrooke has developed globally recognized expertise in these fields.

“The idea is to harness this expertise to facilitate business startups and put the focus on trade and commerce,” said Dr. Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister responsible for Seniors, Minister responsible for the Estrie region, and MNA for Saint-François, making the announcement for Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec (Quebec’s economic-development bank).

The objective of the investment in and repositioning of the health/biotech cluster of excellence is to transform it into a cross-disciplinary network with a focus on capacity building in business innovation and global competitiveness both for companies and their suppliers and for health-care, academic, and research institutions.

The ACCORD (Action concertée de coopération régionale de développement) regional development program in the Estrie region encompasses five clusters of excellence: health/biotech, industrial biotechnology, transport equipment / elastomers, MicroTech-10, and appearance wood / composite processing.

Source: Government of Québec and La Tribune

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