Dr. Philippe Couillard appointed Chair of the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF)

OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Rx&D Board of Directors, Paul Lucas, Chair, is pleased to announce that Dr. Philippe Couillard has accepted the position of Chair of the Board of Directors for Rx&D's Health Research Foundation.

"We are privileged to have Dr. Couillard leading The Health Research Foundation," says Mr. Lucas.  "Dr. Couillard's experience and visionary approach to healthcare policy will be extremely valuable to the Foundation as it continues to advance the cause of health research in Canada.  Under his leadership, the HRF will ensure the research-based pharmaceutical industry builds on our track record of being leading investors in research and development (R&D) in Canada."

Dr. Couillard's accomplishments in public service and health care in Quebec and Canada include: serving as Quebec's Minister of Health from 2003 to 2008; his vision in developing the Quebec drug policy released in 2007; his ability to motivate change as shown by his successful efforts to rally his fellow ministers of health when the 10 Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care in Canada was set up in 2004.

Dr. Couillard succeeds Dr. Yves Morin who is retiring after serving as chair of the HRF Board from 2005 and 2010.

"Given Dr. Morin's admirable qualities, it is with much humility and enthusiasm that I begin this term as chair of the HRF's board of directors. I look forward to having the opportunity to encourage research teams and projects that endeavor to improve our healthcare system but don't always receive the best support, even though the topics they address involve pressing issues for Canadians' health, such as childhood obesity prevention and treatment and mental illness," asserted Dr. Couillard, who will also continue to pursue his other professional activities.

Mr. Lucas added, "The Rx&D community and the HRF wish to thank outgoing Chair, Dr. Yves Morin for his exemplary work and dedication to the cause of promoting health research in Canada. We wish him well in his retirement."

About the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF)

Founded in 1964 by Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), the HRF applies the highest standards of scientific excellence to address health challenges of great importance to Canadian society. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through longstanding partnerships with the academic community and government.

The HRF, which is one of the leading private health research foundations in the country, contributes significantly to the prevention and treatment of disease and to a better healthcare system.

The Foundation works in partnership with the health research community in Canada to create tomorrow's scientific leaders, through the HRF Awards Program, which has provided over $23 million in funding to more than 1,400 researchers across Canada since its inception in 1987. It addresses some of the most pressing health research needs of Canadians through its Research Grant Program, which was launched in 2006.

About Rx&D

Rx&D is an association of leading research-based pharmaceutical companies dedicated to improving the health of all Canadians through the discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines. Our community represents 15,000 men and women who work for more than 50 member companies and invest over $1 billion in research and development each year to fuel Canada's knowledge-based economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, our members are committed to working in partnership with governments, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

SOURCE CANADA'S RESEARCH-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES (RX

For further information:

Heather Dunster, Communications 
Tel.: 613-236-0455 
Email: hdunster@canadapharma.org

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