MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chairman of the Board, Martin
Godbout, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc LePage as
President and CEO of Génome Québec.
Marc LePage was, most recently, Special Advisor, Climate Change and
Energy for the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. from September
2009 to the present. He previously served as Consul General at the
Canadian Consulate in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Mr. LePage was also
one of the pioneers behind the founding of Genome Canada in 2000.
During his tenure as Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development,
he made a significant contribution to the development of genomics in
Canada. From 1994 to 2000, he worked as Director of Business
Development for the Medical Research Council, where he was in charge of
building international partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry,
venture capital and foundations.
Mr. LePage's foreign experience constitutes a remarkable asset for
Génome Québec, according to Mr. Godbout. He also notes that his arrival
at the helm of the organization takes place in a context conducive to
the growth of life sciences, as can be seen by the provincial
government's recent commitments. Mr. Godbout explains: "Québec is
currently showing a firm and concerted intention to broaden the
influence of research and development in Canada and abroad. The
marketplace is very favourable to innovation right now and the genomics
sector is one of its major pillars. Given the current environment, Marc
LePage was our obvious choice, since he possesses solid expertise in
Genomics research is at a pivotal point in its history, both in terms of
major discoveries and potential spinoffs in health, forestry and the
environment. In that light, Mr. LePage points out: "One of the main
challenges that awaits me as President and CEO of Génome Québec
involves identifying innovative solutions and entering into strategic
agreements for genomics in order to stimulate Québec's scientific and
In coming weeks, Marc LePage will begin a tour to meet the key partners
and stakeholders of the genomics sector.
About Génome Québec
Since May 2000, Génome Québec has been the driving force behind the
development of genomics in Québec. By supporting over 50 projects and
750 researchers and managing the operations of the McGill University
and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Génome Québec is helping to
accelerate the discovery of new applications for genomics in strategic
areas, such as human health, forestry and the environment.
The funds invested by Génome Québec are provided by the Ministry of
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade of Québec (MDEIE),
the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and private partners.
For more information, visit www.genomequebec.com.
Image with caption: "Marc LePage, new President and CEO of Génome Québec. (CNW Group/Génome Québec)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120130_C7766_PHOTO_EN_9424.jpg
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