Celebrating Canadian Innovation

global_acess1Rx&D, the association of Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical companies, is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. To mark the centennial, Rx&D, in partnership with Let’s Talk Science, has developed the Canadian Innovation Timeline to promote the contributions of Canadian researchers who have made discoveries or advancements in pharmaceutical and life science research. Canadian scientists, research institutions, government and industry have a proud history of improving human health through innovative medicines and vaccines. We join Rx&D in celebrating 100 years of Canadian innovation.

View the timeline here: Celebrating a century of Canadian innovation

This week, the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC). Clinical trials are a critical step in bringing new medicines and innovative medical devices to market. The CCTCC will help improve the coordination of clinical trial activities and streamline regulatory processes for companies and researchers. This announcement is a key element of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). The CCTCC is a collaborative effort of CIHR, Rx&D and the merged organizations of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations and the Canadian Healthcare Association (ACAHO/CHA).

Read more – Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC)

National Immunization Week starts April 26. In advance of this, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced $20 million toward the Strengthening Immunization Supply Chains initiative, implemented by the GAVI Alliance. The initiative will implement improvements to the storage, handling and stock management of vaccines in developing countries, to help improve access to life saving vaccines in some of the world’s poorest countries. Immunization remains one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.

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