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September 10, 2015

NEW $489,299 FUNDING FOR A PROJECT LED BY UNIVERSITE LAVAL PROFESSOR DANIEL COTE, RESEARCHER AT THE INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE EN SANTE MENTALE DE QUEBEC RESEARCH CENTRE

SOVAR, whose involvement in this technology development project began in early 2011, is proud to announce that the team led by Professor Daniel Côté was awarded a $380,909 grant from the Support for Technology Readiness component of the Technology Development and Transfer Support Program of the Quebec Ministry for the Economy, Innovation and Export Trade (Programme de soutien à la valorisation et au transfert, volet « Soutien aux projets de maturation technologique » (PSVT-volet 2B), ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations). This funding is leveraged by contributions of $108,390 from other project partners, namely BLIQc Inc, the research centre of the Quebec Mental Health Institute (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ)) and SOVAR, for a total of $489,299. Professor Côté is a faculty member of Université Laval’s Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics as well as a researcher in biophotonics at the CRIUSMQ.

The funded project is aimed at exploiting three technologies spawned from CRIUSMQ and Université Laval research for the development of an innovative microscope system for in vivo multimodal molecular imaging. These technologies will allow users of laser microscopes to easily and rapidly acquire information that they have difficulty obtaining with current systems. Simplicity is what makes the technologies robust, a feature that should streamline commercialization. The technologies will be made available shortly as individual modules to upgrade currently operating microscopes. It will also be possible to integrate them in multimodal platforms to be developed as part of this project, therefore opening the lucrative international market for complete systems.