University of Montreal

Univerity Montréal LOGOFounded in 1878, the University of Montreal, with its two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal, is now the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, with over 64.000 students, including nearly 8.000 from around the world, and more than 11.000 diplomas awarded at every university level each year. Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, the University of Montreal is one of the top universities in the French-speaking world and is ranked 92nd on the list of top international institutions by the prestigious QS World University Rankings. The Faculty of pharmacy at University of Montreal is one of the largest faculties of pharmacy in Canada. In 2014, nearly 1.000 students were enrolled in undergraduate studies and more than 250 students were pursuing graduate studies.

University Drug Research Group (GRUM)

GRUM LOGOThe University Drug Research Group (GRUM) was established in November 2004 by the Montreal University researchers in order to develop and support transdisciplinary research, researcher training and technology transfer relating to drug discovery, development and evaluation. It is a hub for developing and increasing collaborative undertakings and exchanges between scientists exploring all aspects of drug discovery and development, including evaluation of how drugs affect population health. GRUM received the mandate for organizing SSM7 in Montreal in 2015.

Ministère des relations internationales et de la francophonie

The Department of International Relations and La Francophonie is central to effective international action planned and carried out by the Québec Government in the fields of culture, economy including the knowledge economy, international cooperation and sustainable development.

University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III

logo_ups_presOfficially founded in 1969, University Toulouse III, Paul Sabatier (UPS) is one of the biggest universities in France. It offers a wide range of courses in science, technology, health, and human and social sciences. Each year, it welcomes 28.000 students and awards more than 11.000 degrees and diplomas. This campus is 31.987 students, 2.609 teachers and researchers and 1.980 staff. The pole “Life Sciences” is highly structured around excellence networks with complementary skills. It includes more than 1.200 permanent staff members in 20 mixed research and services units, 11 welcoming teams, 2 university laboratories and 5 federative structures, whose work covers the whole of the thematic fields of biology. The structuration of this cluster was impulsed by the creation, more than 10 years ago, of a GENOTOUL network with a view to setting up powerful high technology platforms for the whole scientific community. Toulouse has also been a leader in the field of training biology doctoral students, by the creation of one of the first Biology Health Biotechnology doctoral schools whose organization has been reproduced later on in other universities.

CAPTOR Project – Investissement d’Avenir


Investissement d'avenir LOGOThe CAPTOR project (Cancer Pharmacology of Toulouse Oncopole and Region) is one of the two French PHUC’s (Pôle Hospitalo-Universitaire du Cancer) and has been bearer of the program “Investing for the Future”. CAPTOR is the federative project for the Toulouse Oncopole and benefits from the skills and experiences of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier University, CHU in Toulouse, Institut Claudius Regaud, Inserm, CNRS, and industrials partners like Laboratoires Pierre Fabre or Sanofi. CAPTOR has incorporated the three main dimensions of the universal fight against cancer (care, research and education) with four priority areas: innovation (WP1), drug evaluation (WP2), social pharmacology (WP3) and education (WP4).

INNABIOSANTE Foundation – Toulouse Cancer

The Cancer University Institute of Toulouse Oncopole is part of the public healthcare provision for cancer through three institutes: IUCT-Oncopole / IUCT-Rangueil / IUCT-Purpan. The IUCT-Oncopole gathers some of the activities of CHU Toulouse oncology Dept. with all the activities of the Claudius Regaud Institute (ICR). The IUCT-Oncopole is a new way to think cancer healthcare. To the healthcare and public health missions of this property is added a top priority : Innovation and research for the benefit of the patient.

Barcelona Science Park

PCB LOGOThe Barcelona Science Park is a meeting point where university, business and society come together. Its objective is to promote innovation, particularly in the life sciences. Founded by the University of Barcelona in 1997, it was the first science park in Spain and is an international point of reference today in the promotion of innovation, with more than 2.000 professionals working there. The Barcelona Science Park has as its goals:

  • To potentiate quality research with the support of a wide range of technologies
  • To revitalise the relation between university and business
  • To promote the creation of new companies and institutions
  • To further the science-society dialogue and encourage careers in science

At present the park is home to 3 research institutes, 75 companies, an incubator for biotechnology companies and a wide range of research support technology. In addition, it organizes more than 120 activities for the promotion of scientific culture and new careers in science, in which close to 6.000 people participate each year.

University of Barcelona

logos UBThe UB is the top public university in Catalonia due to its size of student population, 74,000, and its course offering. It is also the top Spanish university in scientific production, so it is the main university research centre in Spain and one of the most important in Europe, as it is proved by its number of research programmes and the excellence it has attained.

The UB has a prominent position in the most prestigious international rankings: it is the only Spanish university which is among the 200 best worldwide universities in 25 out of 30 subject areas, according to the QS World University Rankings 2014 by Subject, and it holds the national top position in Leiden Ranking and URAP (it ranks 94th in the world ranking).

The University of Barcelona is member of the most important international excellence university networks, such as the League of European Research Universities. It has overseen the creation of two campuses of international excellence: the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC) and the Health University of Barcelona Campus (HUBc). It has assimilated their goals as its own to increase competitiveness; these goals include the attraction of academic and research talent, full internationalisation, the enhancement of teaching quality and scientific quality, and an increase in the transfer of knowledge generated at the university to wider society.


BiocatBiocat is the organization that coordinates, dynamizes and promotes biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technology sector in Catalonia. It is fostered by the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council and, since it was created in 2006, has included companies and organizations from the sector (research centres, hospitals, universities…) in its governing bodies. Biocat works to achieve the following goals:

  • Facilitate relationships and synergies among members of the BioRegion of Catalonia.
  • Drive the sector to make it an economic engine in the country.
  • Promote the sector on an international level.
  • Improve the public’s knowledge and perception of biotechnology.