New Ideas, New Jobs



    McGuinty Government Supports Innovation In Medical Imaging

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping create 100 new jobs and supporting 276 existing jobs
through a $29.6-million grant to Agfa HealthCare. The funding comes from
Ontario's Next Generation of Jobs Fund.
    Agfa HealthCare (http://www.agfa.com/en/he/about_us/index.jsp) is
developing new software that allows radiologists to share digital images
across a regional network, reducing the need to develop X-rays and physically
transport them between facilities and healthcare professionals. The total
project investment is nearly $200 million.
    Partnering with businesses to generate investment, create jobs and
support innovation is a key component of the Ontario government's plan to
support the economy.

    QUOTES

    "We're proud to support Agfa HealthCare's investment in their Ontario
operations and helping create quality jobs for Ontario families. We are
committed to continuing to build on Ontario's strengths: a skilled and
educated workforce, a culture of innovation, and a competitive business
environment," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    "Agfa's new technology represents a step forward in e-health, providing
an Ontario solution to a global need and further strengthening the local
economy," said Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development.

    "This is an exciting moment in our long history in Canada and signals a
continued dedication to our customers in terms of research and development.
The support from the McGuinty government allows us to accelerate our growth
plans and bring our new technology to market, as well as anchoring our
investment here in Ontario," said Michael Green, President and CEO, Agfa
HealthCare North America.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  Agfa HealthCare has over 15 years experience in the development of
       imaging and communications systems for radiologists.

    -  Agfa's new software is also being adapted for use in cardiology,
       mammography, endoscopy and other specialties.

    -  The Next Generation of Jobs Fund is a five-year, $1.15-billion
       investment strategy to help Ontario strengthen high-growth sectors of
       the economy and create jobs for Ontario families.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out about other Next Generation of Jobs Fund projects
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/nextgen_news_en.jsp).

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