The Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery, a public-private partnership launched last year to commercialize early-stage drug-discovery tools of interest to Canadian pharmaceutical companies, announced yesterday the winners of its inaugural grant competition.

The consortium, abbreviated CQDM, awarded nearly C$8 million ($7.2 million) to four teams that combine researchers from one or more Quebecois aCemic institutions and/or biotech companies, among them Caprion Proteomics and BioSignal, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer.

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