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Servier Group opens an Artificial Intelligence Hub in Montreal, partnering with Centech

AI Hub will specialize in the area of pharmaceutical research and development.

December 14, 2020  by CM Staff

The Servier Group opens a worldwide Artificial Intelligence Hub in Montreal, in partnership with Centech


PARIS and MONTREAL — Servier announces the opening of an AI Hub in Montreal in partnership with Centech, a deep-tech business incubator active in universities worldwide.

The creation of Servier’s Artificial Intelligence Hub occurs within the framework of a digital transformation project, and the growing role AI is having in serving patients’ health needs.

The hub will the first international AI unit for the Servier Group. Centech will be taking care of the logistical setup through their innovation platform, Collision Lab, and will complete a data team aimed at developing initiatives in the field of AI.

Servier’s AI hub will specialist in the area of pharmaceutical research and development. Centech’s prior experience in the medical technology industry and applications of AI solutions should allow them to speed up the discovery and development of new therapeutic solutions for patients.

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The creation of Servier’s worldwide Artificial Intelligence Hub was lauded by Quebec’s minister for Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

“I welcome Servier’s decision to have chosen Montréal to establish its Hub in Artificial Intelligence. This decision confirms Québec’s leadership in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to healthcare. I am convinced that the collaboration between Servier and Centech will pave the way for the accomplishment of many promising projects in healthcare, for the benefit of patients from Québec, Canada and across the world.” said Minister Fitzgibbon.

The creation of this hub represents a major investment for Servier and could reach almost 3 million dollars by 2022, allowing the financing of partnership and/or codevelopment deals with local startups, as well as potential recruitment of experts. The dynamism, the reach, the accessibility, and the attractiveness of Montreal’s ecosystem, which is unique in the world, convinced Servier to choose Canada, and more particularly Quebec, as the location for its first hub dedicated to AI.