Canada and China Expand Collaboration in Health Education and Research

February 25, 2014 - Guangzhou, China - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), witnesses the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will boost Canada’s participation in international business and research partnership health initiatives in China.

The MOU is between two Canadian organizations, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) and Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc. (PREVENT), and two Chinese organizations, the Guangzhou Development District and the South China United Vaccine Institute Ltd. (SCUVI). The four parties will cooperate on a joint training program in the areas of R & D, manufacturing and testing of human and veterinary vaccines. In addition, the four will work together on product marketing.

A second agreement expands collaboration under an agreement signed in March 2013 to enable the institutions to further capitalize on their cooperation in the area of biomanufacturing and on expansion of market opportunities in both China and Canada.

Created in 1975, VIDO-InterVac is a University of Saskatchewan research organization that receives operating support from the provincial and federal governments, industry and charitable foundations. VIDO-InterVac has developed eight commercial vaccines so far. The organization currently has over 150 employees and works with public and private sector partners in more than 20 countries.

PREVENT, a national centre of excellence for commercialization and research, is a not-for-profit organization focused on the development of vaccine technologies. PREVENT strengthens Canada’s vaccine industry by leveraging current investments in R & D and nurturing partnerships between the public and private sector, leading to improved global competitiveness.

Established in 1984, the Guangzhou Development District was one of China’s first national-level development zones. The district boasts multinational corporate investors in the chemicals, information technology, biomedicine, food and beverages, metallurgy and processing, and automobiles and parts industries.

Minister Yelich is visiting Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing from February 23 to 27 to highlight Canada and China’s strong and growing commercial and people-to-people ties.

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