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Two professors win major pharma event

Montréal lands over $5m for centenary meet

Palais des congrès de Montréal

Without the hard work of two professors at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Montréal might not be hosting the 7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC) in 2020.

Denis deBlois and Michelle Savoie who work together at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal were largely responsible for crowning the Faculty’s centennial celebrations by winning the major pharmaceutical gathering. 

Organised jointly with the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Symposium, the events will draw 2,500 participants from all over the world, generate a total of 7,000 room nights in hotels across the city, and an estimated $5.3m. in tourism revenue.

"Montréal is the top host city in the Americas for international events, and the health sciences sector is a key reason why the city enjoys such an enviable worldwide standing,” said Raymond Larivée, president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal which collaborated with the university on the bid.   

“By joining forces to bring these conferences to Montréal, our universities, the leaders of the health sciences sector, and the Palais des congrès made it possible for Montréal to maintain its role as a leading host of large-scale scientific gatherings.” 

Winning the bid will enable Montréal to shine internationally, and also generate significant intellectual wealth for this key segment of the life sciences sector. “This congress will examine the rapid emergence of precision medicine, with medication better adapted to individual patients and being made more accessible to communities that need them all over the world,” said deBlois, Chair of the PSWC 2020 congress.

More than 600 pharma and healthcare organisations operate in Greater Montréal, making it Canada’s biggest laboratory. It is home to 600 establishments and institutions, including 150 public and university research centres. Last year, the Palais hosted nearly 30 life science events, which generated $67.5m in tourism revenue. 

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