Biopharmaceutical Consortium Members (CQDM)

The funding awarded by CQDM to innovative research projects is made possible by the financial support of our members:

  • Leading pharmaceutical companies: Pfizer, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Eli Lilly Canada, Novartis Pharma Canada, Servier, Sanofi Canada, Takeda, AstraZeneca and Amgen;
  • The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) of the Government of Quebec;
  • The Business Led-Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program of the Government of Canada

Our members are actively involved in the activities of the biopharmaceutical consortium, sharing their deep expertise and providing invaluable support to help the CQDM carry out its mission. Their commitment is instrumental to the advancement of biopharmaceutical research, while demonstrating the unique value of a collaborative life sciences ecosystem that addresses unmet medical needs, with the ultimate goal of developing safer and more effective drugs.


Why become a member?

CQDM created a new type of yearly membership specifically for the biopharmaceutical sector, where members pay a fixed fee to access CQDM’s portfolio of new projects. Also, members now have the opportunity to fund projects consistent with their R&D focus. Benefits of the CQDM membership to the industry include:

Unique insight into innovative research in Quebec and Canada

  • The right to review all submission associated with CQDM call for proposals (Quantum Leap Program).
  • Access to all CQDM prospecting activities, including our pan-Canadian network.
  • Opportunity to launch a call for proposals (managed by CQDM) focusing on an issue of specific interest to your organization.
  • A seat on CQDM’s Industrial Members Committee, responsible for reviewing and preselecting all Quantum Leap proposals to CQDM.

Allocation of R&D funds to projects compatible with the focus areas of pharmaceutical members

  • Opportunity to fund R&D projects in a specific field of interest to the pharmaceutical industry (including funds in addition to the annual contribution). The pharmaceutical members will only fund selected projects.
  • Access to external scientific reviews and due diligence to settle issues and concerns expressed by participating members.
  • Access to CQDM’s mentorship program for the funded technologies.

Exceptional leverage to fund R&D

  • When a project is selected for funding, a pharmaceutical member may choose to share R&D costs with other participating pharmaceutical members or work on an exclusive basis.
  • The participating member benefits exceptional leverage to fund R&D (reducing cost by 20% to 80%, depending on the project) with government agencies, CQDM financing partners and other pharmaceutical industry members.
  • CQDM is a consortium recognized by income tax authorities for R&D. Accordingly, R&D expenses incurred by participating members are eligible to a tax credit of approximately 35% (in addition to the 20% to 80% cost saving stated above).
  • Before launching a project, CQDM will negotiate rights for the participating pharmaceutical members (to be included in the research agreement with the funded entities). Yearly membership fees include negotiation services but exclude legal fees. The rights of the participating pharmaceutical members are tailored to their requirements for each funded project. Examples of rights granted to participating members on the technologies funded by CQDM may be provided upon request.

Founding members of the biopharmaceutical consortium

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.

Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical companies. Our diversified health care portfolio includes some of the world’s best known and most prescribed medicines and vaccines. Every day, Pfizer Canada employees work to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives. The company is a major contributor to health research in Canada. We apply science and our global resources to improve the health and well-being of Canadians at every stage of life. Our commitment is reflected in everything Pfizer does, from our disease awareness initiatives to our community partnerships, to our belief that it takes more than medications to be truly healthy. To learn more about Pfizer’s More than Medication philosophy and programs, visit

Members who fund a program of the biopharmaceutical consortium

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 142 affiliates and a total of more than 47,400 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. Taking social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects, such as the initiative "Making more Health" and caring for the employees. Respect, equal opportunities and reconciling career and family form the foundation of the mutual cooperation. In everything it does, the company focuses on environmental protection and sustainability. In 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.1 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.5% of its net sales.

GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (GSK) is a research-based pharmaceutical company with a challenging mission: to improve the quality of people's lives by enabling them to do more, feel better and live longer. This mission drives GSK to develop innovative medicines, vaccines and healthcare solutions that help millions of people.

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Janssen Inc. is one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, which are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we bring innovative products, services and solutions to people throughout the world.

Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high quality medicines that meet people’s needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and contribute to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. Eli Lilly Canada was established in 1938, the result of a research collaboration with scientists at the University of Toronto which eventually produced the world’s first commercially-available insulin. Lilly Canada now employs more than 550 people across the country, working in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders, men’s and women’s health, autoimmunity, neuroscience and diabetes.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field, is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to improve the well-being of all Canadians. In 2013, the company invested close to $100 million in research and development in Canada. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. employs more than 600 people in Canada.

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.
Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.
Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognized as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry ten years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2017 employed about 94,000 people worldwide. In 2017, Roche invested CHF 10.4 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 53.3 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Sanofi entities in Canada include Sanofi Canada (pharmaceuticals), Sanofi Pasteur (vaccines), Sanofi Consumer Health (cosmeceuticals, over-the-counter products and specialty care), Genzyme (rare diseases) and Merial (animal health). Together they employ close to 1,700 people across the country. In 2013 Sanofi companies invested over $125 million in R&D in Canada, creating jobs, business and opportunity throughout the country.

Servier is an international pharmaceutical company governed by a non-profit foundation with its headquarters in France (Suresnes). With a strong international presence in 148 countries and a turnover of 4 billion euros in 2016, Servier employs 21 000 people worldwide. Entirely independent, the Group reinvests 25% of its turnover (excluding generic drugs) in research and development and uses all its profits for development. Corporate growth is driven by Servier’s constant search for innovation in five areas of excellence: cardiovascular, immune-inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and diabetes, as well as by its activities in high-quality generic drugs. Servier Canada was established in 1978 in Laval, Quebec and employs over 320 people across Canada. Servier Canada is currently marketing medicines in Cardiology, Hematology and Diabetes, and will soon market oncology products indicated as treatment options in hematological malignancies.

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease, cardiovascular disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. For more information, visit

Government Sponsors

Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence

This program is administered by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Secretariat. Launched in 1989, the NCE is an initiative of the three federal granting agencies—the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)—in partnership with Industry Canada.

The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program supports large-scale, collaborative research networks. BL-Networks aim at enhancing private sector innovation, delivering benefits to Canadians and encouraging an Entrepreneurial Advantage.”

The mission of the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) is to support business growth, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, export trade and investment. It also advises the Government with a view to favouring economic development in every region of Québec, in a perspective of job creation, economic prosperity, and sustainable development.