Senator Ogilvie at Rx&D 100th
Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) 100th Anniversary – April 23, 2014
The Hon. Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie
C.M., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.C.I.C., H.col.
I appreciate this opportunity to be with you tonight and to celebrate 100 years of the PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION IN CANADA. As such it joins a very small number of organizations with that length of continuous activity in Canada – universities, banks and churches.
Today, as we have heard, you represent more than 46,000 direct and indirect jobs and you invest over $1 billion annually in research in Canada. But you also produce and distribute the medicines and vaccines essential to a healthy society.
There are two essential and mutually necessary components of a
knowledge based society.