Research helps companies discover new cancer-fighting drugs

1980 to present
Montreal, Québec
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The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer helps pharmaceutical companies develop new therapies that will reduce healthcare costs and save lives.

This year alone, it is estimated that more than 190,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Arguably, it is one of the most worrying of modern diseases, along with cardiovascular and inherited illnesses.

Pharmaceutical companies continue to invest billions in drug research and development and are increasingly turning to the labs and expertise at university research centres rather than conducting the work in-house.

Such is the case with Bristol-Myers Squibb, a multinational pharmaceutical company that partnered with the drug discovery and commercialization branch of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRICor) at the Université de Montréal. The institute encompasses a series of state-of-the-art labs headed by Michel Bouvier, a renowned biochemist.

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Find more stories of research in action on, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.