Possessing over 30 years of experience in the scientific field, Dr. Battista has served as President and CEO of the Quebec Agency for Health Services and Technology Assessment, co-Chair of the Science Advisory Board of Health Canada, co-Chair of the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations and Director of Health Administration at the Université de Montréal.
Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) for five years, he took part in creating Oncopole.
Maxime Dumais holds a B.Sc. degree from the Université de Montréal in Microbiology and Immunology. The positions he held in his seven years working for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation included Director, Research and Health Promotion and Vice-President, Programs and Investments. Prior to that, Maxime was Program Manager at Génome Québec.
Chemist, Strategic Advisor, Development and Partnership
Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (B. Sc.), Michel Côté has close to 30 years of experience in business development and partnerships. He has worked in the industry for chemical and biotech companies, including as a strategic advisor in the life sciences sector where he secured mandates for entities such as Montréal InVivo, as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of Génome Québec and as Director, Content and Partnerships, for ADRIQ. More recently, Michel held the position of Delegate General for Quebec at Quebec’s General Delegation in Munich.
Chief Scientist of Quebec
Professor Rémi Quirion has been Chief Scientist of Quebec since July of 2011. A full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, he held the position of Scientific Director at the Douglas Institute Research Centre. In April of 2009, he accepted the position of Vice-Dean (Life Sciences and Strategic Initiatives), Faculty of Medicine, as well as that of Senior University Advisor (Health Sciences Research) at McGill University, in addition to being the CIHR Executive Director of the International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease, positions from which he resigned when he was appointed Chief Scientist in 2011. He chairs the Boards of all three Quebec Research Funds (Health – Nature and Technologies – Society and Culture).
Anne-Marie Larose, PhD, MBA
Anne-Marie Larose is the President and CEO of Aligo Innovation, whose creation she oversaw in 2014. Along with a Doctoral degree in molecular and cellular biology (Université de Laval) as well as an MBA in bio-industries (UQAM), she brings more than twenty years of varied experience in business, research and innovation (in the public and private sectors) and has extensive knowledge of the mechanisms and issues related to intellectual property enhancement and commercialization. She has held various positions throughout her career, among them commercial attaché to the Consulate of Great Britain in life sciences and biotechnologies, and has successfully carried out several cooperative research agreements within the industry.
Merck Canada Inc.
Jennifer Chan is Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, at Merck and is responsible for the company’s team of government relations and public affairs specialists. Upon receiving a Master’s degree in pharmacology and therapeutics from McGill University, she began her career in academic research, before joining Schering-Plough in 1993. She has since worked in various areas of this company, which merged with Merck in 2009. Member of several Boards of Directors, among which the Institute of Health Economics in Alberta and the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery, she is co-chair of the Canadian Biosimilars Forum and serves as a Merck for Mothers ambassador in Canada.