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Dr. John Bergeron pulls his car off Highway 40 in west Montreal and turns into a desolate parking lot beside a sprawling complex of buildings. Walking across the parking lot, he greets two men. One of them is Dr. Ronald Guttmann, who, like Bergeron, is a retired McGill professor who has spent many years working on the discovery, development and commercialization of new drugs. The third man is Dr. Samir Mounir, a scientific entrepreneur and former team leader at BioChem Pharma, which at one time was Canada’s biggest homegrown medical-sciences company.

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