Mitacs leader appointed to advise on innovations in Canadian healthcare research

Montreal, QC  Mitacs’ Vice-President of Business Development, Josette-Renée Landry, was named to the Institutes Advisory Board (IAB) for Health Innovation for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The IAB for Health Innovation is one of five IABs introduced this summer to present advice to the CIHR’s institutes. It will advise on accelerating discovery, development, evaluation, and integration of healthcare-based innovations into practice in support of appropriate and timely patient services across Canada.

Members of each IAB represent top experts in the CIHR’s four areas of research focus: biomedical; clinical; health systems and services; and the social, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of populations.

As Vice-President of Business Development at Mitacs, Dr. Landry is responsible for brokering relationships between industry, not-for-profit, and research organizations with Canadian universities through Mitacs programs. She brings extensive experience in health and innovation, having co-founded a bioinformatics consulting firm in Vancouver as well as MonBUG — an association for bioinformatics professionals, researchers, and students in the Greater Montreal.  Dr. Landry holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Business Administration from HEC Montreal.

As an IAB member, she will serve for a minimum of two years.


Josette-Renée Landry, Vice-President, Business Development, Mitacs

“I am very pleased to join the advisory board for health innovation with the CIHR. Through this appointment, I will advocate for the highest standards in Canadian research, including collaborations that advance innovation in our healthcare system and — by extension — the well-being of all Canadians.”

Quick Facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 16 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.