Merck Canada Inc. Puts $12.5 Million Into Montreal Research Centers

Published: Nov 29, 2012

Merck Canada has announced a $12.5 million investment in basic and translational research at three university-affiliated and hospital-based research centres in Montreal, Québec. The three beneficiaries are the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM), and the Montréal Heart Institute Research Centre (MHI). The investment reflects a shift to outsourcing in Merck’s research commitment to the Quebec province, in line with broader industry trends. Canada’s life sciences heartland has been feeling the pinch of job cuts and facility closures in recent years, as pharmaceutical companies seek cost-efficiencies in their global R&D operations. Merck Canada itself said in July 2010 that it would be phasing out operations at the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Kirkland, west of Montreal, as part of a previously-announced restructuring following Merck & Co’s merger with Schering-Plough. At the same time, though, came a pledge to inject $100 million over five years in biopharmaceutical research and development in Québec. This week’s announcement is the latest contribution to that programme.

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