The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation kicks off IRIC's fundraising campaign with a $5 Million donation to cancer research



    MONTREAL, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Institute for Research in Immunology
and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal is pleased to announce that it
has received a donation of $5 million from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu
Foundation. This gift will allow IRIC to continue its international recruiting
activities and attract researchers to join an elite team, entirely dedicated
to uncovering the causes of cancer and developing effective anticancer
therapies.
    The news was announced yesterday evening at a reception organized by
Marcelle Coutu to bring together the business community and IRIC's
investigators.
    The Chairman of the Board of Directors of IRIC and former Rector of the
Université de Montréal, Dr. Robert Lacroix, was very pleased with the donation
by the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation. "Founded in 2003, IRIC is still
little known to the business community and the general public," he explained.
"In a few short years, we have succeeded in bringing together some of the
world's most competitive research teams and collaborators around a shared
mission: to defeat cancer. We have also been successful in obtaining the full
support of the leading funding and research institutions in North America.
Today, our challenge is to secure the involvement and the support of the
business community. The donation made by the Marcelle and Jean Coutu
Foundation is a real vote of confidence in IRIC and represents a first big
step in this direction. It also marks the kickoff of the IRIC fundraising
campaign, which I am co-chairing with Marcel Dutil, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of the Canam Group, with an objective set at $25
million. This campaign is part of the future major tripartite campaign of the
Université de Montréal."
    "The first times we visited IRIC," Ms. Coutu explained, "it was to meet
the team who had established its operations in a building bearing my name.
Then, over the years, we learned more and more about the innovative technology
and the science, of course, but also about the passion and genius that fuel
the ambitions of a team dedicated exclusively to cancer research. The time has
come to reveal this well-kept secret and to support IRIC. This Institute is a
real gem not only for Montreal but for all of Canada."
    "It is clear that IRIC is an outstanding model that deserves direct
support," said the President of the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, Ms.
Marie-Josée Coutu. "We are happy to be associated with such tremendous work to
defeat cancer. We are confident that other members of the business community
will follow suit, recognizing the importance of investing directly in the
research conducted at IRIC."

    About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

    IRIC is world-class research centre dedicated to immunology and cancer.
It is led by a group of internationally-recognized scientists and engages in
ambitious collaborations involving complementary fields of expertise to tackle
some of the greatest obstacles to human health. IRIC currently houses 24
research teams and is expected to double in size, for a total of 500
investigators, postdoctoral fellows, students, technicians and professionals,
in the coming years.




For further information:

For further information: Carolyne Lord, Communications and Public
Relations Office, Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, (514)
343-7282, carolyne.lord@umontreal.ca

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