Montreal, QV – A biobank has been opened 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 in May. 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 also financing of $9.6 million over three years.
The Biobank is Genome Quebec’s fourth platform. “This is part of the implementation of our business model, which aims to group advanced equipment financed by major projects in genomics and increase its availability to academic and private sector scientists. This way, using the expertise developed in the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean, we will help create a formative research tool in Quebec that, thanks to the ties created through CARTaGENE and the P3G international consortium, will become part of a network of major international biobanks that contribute to significant advances in science,” said Paul L’Archeveque, president and CEO of Genome Quebec.