SOVAR’s founding partners are Université Laval and CHU de Québec (CHUQ). The latter includes five university hospitals in Quebec City: Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL), Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise, Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Hôpital St-Sacrement and Hôpital de l’Enfant Jésus.
Two other partners subsequently joined SOVAR: CIUSSS (prevously Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec – IUSMQ) and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). Collectively these research organizations represent more than $300 M in research funding from external sources and employ over 1500 researchers.
SOVAR has also developed partnerships among a broad spectrum of industries enabling it to offer its expertise in technology development and commercialization on a project by project basis or through more general service agreements.