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NEOMED Institute

Number of partners

Partner contributions
$24.9 million

Montréal, Quebec

President and CEO
Donald Olds Donald Olds

Board chair
Laurence Rulleau Laurence Rulleau
Partner, CTI Life Sciences

Transforming academic innovations into the drugs of tomorrow

The opportunity

New commercialization models involving partnerships between big pharma, small biotechs, and universities are becoming the norm for advancing promising drug discoveries from lab to bedside. The NEOMED Institute is based in two integrated R&D facilities: one in Technoparc Montréal’s Saint-Laurent Campus, specializing in small molecule therapeutics, and one in Laval, specializing in the development of biologics and vaccines. NEOMED is leveraging these state-of-the-art R&D facilities and their multi-tenant, open-access drug development hub, along with additional funding from the Quebec Government, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Purdue Pharma to advance outstanding Canadian discoveries towards successful commercialization.

How NEOMED is seizing the opportunity

NEOMED identifies promising drug discovery projects emerging from academia and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It then works closely with project originators, academic laboratories and contract research organizations to advance the research to the all-important proof-of-concept stage in humans. This approach improves the bottom line for Canadian SMEs, while strengthening the network of service and clinical companies based in Canada. It also creates strong ties between SMEs and international pharmaceutical companies, and new opportunities to conduct clinical trials of new drugs in Canada.

Among the results

  • NEOMED hosts 29 high-quality life sciences companies with almost 300 full-time employees across its two R&D facilities.
  • NEOMED has advanced a portfolio of 11 innovative projects, including its first commercialization success that licensed its P2X3 program for chronic cough to Bellus Health.
  • NEOMED completed a Phase IIa clinical trial for its drug candidate NEO6860, a medication intended for osteoarthritis-associated pain and other indications. Clinical trial data will be available in 2017.
  • NEOMED created its first for-profit spin-off company, NEOMED-LABS, a 60-personcontract research organization offering high-quality clinical immunology services to support global vaccine clinical trials.

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June 15, 2016
February 26, 2016
NEOMED to play key role in Quebec’s new life sciences strategy
June 29, 2017
Three Quebec cabinet ministers and more than 150 other dignitaries used the NEOMED Institute in Montreal as the backdrop for the May 5 launch of an ambitious plan to make the province one of the top five North American life sciences clusters within a decade. It is currently ranked tenth. Read more
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June 11, 2015