46 Quebec Companies and Organizations to Participate in BIO 2007 - Biotechnology International Convention in Boston!

    MONTREAL, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - In cooperation with the Ministry of
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Canada Economic
Development, BIOQuebec will be accompanying a delegation of 46 member
companies and organizations, representing a total of 92 participants, who will
be attending the BIO 2007 Biotechnology International Convention this year,
which will be taking place from May 6 to 9, in Boston.
    Nearly 20,000 visitors from some 60 countries, as well as 1,700
exhibitors are expected at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
    "BIO 2007 provides an excellent opportunity for BIOQuebec to promote the
expertise of our Quebec companies. It a wonderful opportunity to build
relationships with world leaders in the biotechnology industry by making them
more aware of Quebec's know-how and ingenuity in the domain," explains the
President of BIOQuebec, Mr. Patrick Montpetit.
    "In a business environment that is very positively inclined towards
Quebec's biopharmaceutical industry, witness the two government measures that
were tabled recently, BIOQuebec is continuing its effort to encourage the
establishment of foreign partnerships with Quebec's life science industry,"
adds the Executive Director of BIOQuebec, Mr. Perry Niro.
    It should be noted that the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Federal Minister
of Industry has confirmed his presence at the event and will be delivering a
short speech on Sunday morning, May 6, on the theme "Canada: Your Partner for
Global Health Innovation."
    An important fact to be underlined: 12 Quebec companies out of 265
companies in all have been selected to present their technologies to a select
group of biopharmaceutical investors and partners at the BIO Business Forum.
BIOQuebec was a member of the North American selection committee.

    About BIO 2007

    Biotechnology International Convention This international biotechnology
event, sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, will bring
together more than 19,000 industry leaders from some 1,700 companies, as well
as civil servants representing each of the 60 countries that will be attending
the event. Also, the BIO Business Forum, which will be taking place from May 7
to 9, 2007, will be hosting more than 10,000 partnership meetings during the
event. For more information: www.bio2007.org

    About BIOQuebec

    Founded in 1991, BIOQuebec is an association that represents nearly 250
Quebec biotechnology and life science companies. The organization is devoted
to creating and maintaining a business environment that fosters the growth of
its member companies.


                       Quebec delegation to BIO 2007(*)
    1.  Aegera Therapeutics               24. MDS Capital
    2.  AEterna Zentaris                  25. Medicago
    3.  Alethia Biothérapeutics           26. Merck & Co
    4.  Algorithme Pharma                 27. Methylgene
    5.  Ambrilia Biopharma                28. Mistral Pharma
    6.  BD Diagnostics - Geneohm          29. Montréal International
    7.  BioContact                        30. Montréal InVivo
    8.  Biomed Développement de           31. National Research Council
        Sherbrooke                            Canada
    9.  Bioniche Life Sciences            32. Osprey Pharmaceuticals
    10. BIOQuebec                         33. Pharmabio Développement
    11. Biotech City - Laval              34. Pôle Québec Chaudière-
    12. Canada's Research-Based           35. ProMetic Life sciences
        Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D)   36. Quebec Biotechnology Innovation
    13. Canadian Health Industries        37. REPLICor
        Partnership (CHIP)
    14. Caprion Proteomics                38. RoyalMount Pharma
    15. Corealis Pharma                   39. SNC-Lavalin Pharma
    16. Gemin X Biotechnologies           40. Solabs
    17. Génome Québec                     41. Technoparc Saint-Laurent
    18. Gestion Univalor, s.e.c.          42. Topigen Pharmaceuticals
    19. Gestion Valeo, s.e.c.             43. Toronto Stock Exchange - TSX
    20. Impacts Solutions                 44. Ulysses Pharmaceuticals
    21. Innodia                           45. Valeant Canada
    22. Invest Quebec                     46. Variation Biotechnologies
    23. Lapointe Rosenstein

    (*) This list is not exhaustive.

     Quebec companies selected to participate in the BIO Business Forum
    1.  AEterna Zentaris                  7.  Osprey Pharmaceuticals Limited
    2.  Ambrilia Biopharma                8.  ProMetic Life sciences
    3.  Bioniche Life Sciences            9.  REPLICor
    4.  Gemin X Biotechnologies           10. RoyalMount Pharma
    5.  Innodia                           11. Topigen Pharmaceuticals
    6.  Methylgene                        12. Variation Biotechnologies

For further information:

For further information: Perry Niro, Executive Director and CEO, (514)
733-8411, ext. 206, Cell Phone: (514) 265-8944, pniro@bioquebec.com,
www.bioquebec.com; Source: BIOQuebec

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