Laval lab to close, 170 will lose jobs
Pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim is closing its Laval Research and Development laboratory (CTV Montreal, Jason Clarke. Sept. 18, 2012)
Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:28PM EDT
About 170 people will lose their jobs this winter when pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim shuts down its research facility in Laval.
The move will affect research scientists studying virology, specifically Hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious diseases.
In a statement released Tuesday, Boehringer VP Michel Pairet said the company’s decision to close the lab was based on shifting demands in the field of virology.
Four years ago the company spent $36 million upgrading their Laval facility.
In the past year, three other pharmaceutical companies either closed or scaled back their Montreal operations.