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Five Countries, One Goal: Collaboration with Global Impact in the Life Sciences Industry

May 3, 2013
During the 2013 BIO International Convention, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and regions from four other countries launched the new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP).

The MLSC will partner with Victoria, Australia; the Wallonia region of Belgium; Quebec, Canada; and Alsace in France to award funding to projects promoting innovative and collaborative research and development (R&D) between companies in Massachusetts and in the partnering regions. The program’s goal is to develop long-term collaborations to advance late-stage R&D projects in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bioinformatics, while promoting economic development in Massachusetts and the partner regions.

“No one country or region can solve the challenge of developing the next generation of  drugs and medical devices on its own,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC, the agency charged with implementing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. “The breakthroughs of tomorrow will only be possible through collaboration like that which we are fostering between Massachusetts and these partner geographies.”

Watch Lynnea Olivarez of the MLSC and Diane Gosselin of CQDM, Quebec talk about the new program:

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