On the occasion of its 20th anniversary - INO will host an important technology meeting



    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Next September, INO will celebrate
the 20th anniversary of its establishment in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park
with an important technology meeting bringing together entrepreneurs,
scientists and prestigious speakers. For this occasion, Canada's largest
center of expertise in business applications for optics and photonics will
celebrate its continuous progress by spotlighting the successes of 20 or so
companies it has spawned. "We will also take advantage of this technology
meeting to pave the way for our future development" added INO's President and
CEO, Mr. Jean-Yves Roy.

    High calibre speakers, workshops and discussions

    Hosted by journalist Stéphan Bureau, the technology meeting, which will
be held September 17th at Château Bonne Entente, will allow participants to
discuss with renowned speakers such as Stephen A. Hurwitz, a lawyer
specialised in venture capital and co-founder of the North American Venture
Capital Summit, John R. McDougall, President and CEO of the Alberta Research
Council (applied research) and Alain Dubuc, columnist and editor for Le Soleil
and La Presse newspapers (technological innovations and globalisation).
    Participants will also be able to hear Mr. Germain Lamonde, founder,
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of EXFO, a global leader in the field
of fibre optic testing products, who will present his vision of future
development in the worldwide industry of telecommunications.
    Furthermore, the creator of the now famous Moulin à images and
internationally renowned Director, Mr. Robert Lepage, will share his vision of
the union of the arts and technology on the occasion of a luncheon
presentation. "We are very honoured that Mr. Lepage has agreed to deliver a
speech that promises to be quite passionate considering it will present a
reality that makes Quebec City a unique place in the world, where
technological innovation and the arts go side-by-side on a daily basis, and
thus enrich our quality of life" specified Mr. Roy.
    Late afternoon, a discussion workshop will reunite four high-performance
technological entrepreneurs who administrate companies spawned by INO and who
thrive on the international scene. Hosted by Stéphan Bureau, this panel will
include:

    
    - Mr. Eric Bergeron, President and CEO of Optosecurity, a company
      specialised in the development of breakthrough security products for
      the transportation and critical infrastructure markets;
    - Mr. Alain Chandonnet, ex-Technological Programs Director at INO and
      founder of TeraXion, a leader in the production of performance-defining
      OEM products for the generation and conditioning of light signals in
      mission-critical applications for telecom, defence and aerospace, and
      industrial markets;
    - Mr. Philippe De Sandro, President and CEO of CorActive High-Tech, world
      leader of the manufacturing and commercialisation of made-to-measure
      special fibre optics for the defence, biomedical and telecom markets;
    - Mr. Deni Bonnier, President and Head of Business Development for Obzerv
      Technologies Inc., a company designing, producing, and marketing
      products based on active imaging technologies, such as high-performance
      night vision devices for security, rescue, surveillance and anti-
      terrorism operations.
    

    Over the next five years, within the scope of its strategic plan, INO has
committed to encourage the emergence of 11 new technological companies. The
year 2007-2008 will have witnessed the birth of two new spin-offs from
technologies developed by INO researchers. On scientific and technological
levels, this year, INO's portfolio has grown to include eight new titles,
which brings the number of patents held for innovation technologies stemming
from the work of its scientific and technical personnel to 97. Moreover,
93 other requests for patents are pending approval.

    About INO

    A leading technology designer and developer, INO is the largest Canadian
center of expertise in optics/photonics for industry. An international leader
in its field, up until now INO has completed 4,000 custom solutions for Quebec
and Canadian corporations working in different fields. Furthermore, INO has
performed 38 technology transfers resulting in the creation of 24 new
high-tech companies.
    INO employs more than 225 people, the majority of whom are researchers,
scientists and technicians who are at the root of its world-renowned
reputation.
    Last year, INO was selected by the Canadian government among six other
research centers as a center of excellence in research and commercialization.

    For more information, please visit: www.ino.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Line-Sylvie Perron, NATIONAL Public Relations,
(418) 648-1233 ext. 234, Fax: (418) 648-0494

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