Grants and Contributions:

Medicago Inc. COVID-19
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Agreement Date:
Oct 18, 2020 - Mar 31, 2024
The project is in direct response to the global fight against COVID-19. The project will be undertaken in two stages: (1) develop a plant-derived virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19; and (2) establish a large-scale Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility for vaccine and antibody production in Canada.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Expected Results:

The direct and immediate benefit of the project's first stage is the rapid development of a plant-based vaccine that may lead to an effective vaccine for COVID-19. The second stage, building a GMP facility that can manufacture vaccine and antibodies, is expected to increase biomanufacturing capabilities and build on areas of strength and technological advantage to advance Canada’s life sciences industry. This project anticipates to maintain 275 full-time jobs and to create 75 full-time jobs within Canada.

Quebec, Quebec, CA G1V3V9
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Grants and Contributions
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For-profit organization
Additional Information:

The amendment has been completed to increase the contribution amount from $173M to $200M. This is a partially repayable contribution.

Amendment Date
Mar 30, 2022
Recipient's Operating Name:
Medicago inc.
Recipient's Legal Name:
Medicago inc.
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SIF Stream3- Attraction
Program Purpose:

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) attracts and supports new high-quality business investments. In allocating funding, SIF looks to accelerate areas of economic strength, strengthen and expand the role of Canadian firms in regional and global supply chains, support economic strategies, and attract investment that creates new, good, well-paying jobs.