Economic Radar - Q1 2011

Life sciences


Researchers develop the first permanent anti-fog coating

Researchers develop the first permanent anti-fog coating

Researchers under the supervision of Université Laval professor Gaétan Laroche have developed the very first permanent anti-fog coating. Dr. Laroche and his colleagues present in the online edition of Applied Materials and Interfaces the details of this innovation which could eliminate, once and for all, the fog on eyeglasses, windshields, goggles, camera lenses, and on any transparent glass or plastic surface.


Medicago receives FDA regulatory clearance to initiate U.S. clinical trial for a new influenza vaccine candidate

The Company plans to initiate this trial within the coming weeks. This phase I trial will lead into Medicago's U.S. phase IIa trial for its seasonal trivalent vaccine with the recommended H1N1, H3N2 and B influenza strains which the Company plans to conduct later in 2011.


Medicago invited to present at the 7th WHO's meeting on evaluation of pandemic influenza prototype vaccines in clinical trials

The presentation, entitled "Advances in the clinical development of plant-made influenza VLP vaccines", will discuss the Company's positive interim results from its phase II pandemic H5N1 influenza vaccine clinical trial.


Ottawa signs $425-million deal for vaccine if pandemic flu strikes

Ottawa signs $425-million deal for vaccine if pandemic flu strikes

The federal government has announced a new 10-year pandemic flu vaccine contract with GlaxoSmithKline, valued at more than $425-million. The contract is intended to ensure a secure supply of vaccine for Canadians in the event of a future influenza pandemic and reduce the possibility of delays in delivery and distribution.


Atrium Innovations Announces 2010 Full-Year Financial Results

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, Atrium recorded revenues of $356.6 million representing an increase of 11.6% compared to revenues of $319.7 million in 2009. This increase is mainly attributable to the acquisitions of Trophic and Garden of Life as well as to organic growth of North American branded business.


New website for BiopolisQuébec

New website for BiopolisQuébec, the alliance of leading life sciences regions in the province of Québec (Montréal, Québec and Sherbrooke) dedicated to promote the expertise of this major sector internationally.