The “EFFERVESCENCE Stars” competition recognizes three researchers in Quebec who have distinguished themselves through their scientific contributions and who have recently collaborated with the life sciences and health technologies industry.

During this third edition of the competition, the winners will have the opportunity to present their work and expertise. The winners will be announced at the EFFERVESCENCE 2022 Gala and will receive a monetary prize from our partner Gilead.

Application file

  • A short biography, not to exceed 250 words, which will be suitable to publish ;
  • A color photo of the candidate, high-resolution PNG format ;
  • A short description of the distinctive services provided to the life sciences industry, or of the partnerships developed, including the period of realization, which demonstrates the innovative nature of the expertise, service, or product ;
  • The candidate’s CV, including publication record, and intellectual property holdings, if any ;
  • A cover letter from the nominee, not to exceed 500 words, explaining why he or she deserves to be named an EFFERVESCENCE Star.

Applications should be submitted by email to Robin Durand (rdurand@montreal-invivo.com) in a single PDF file, by April 1, 2022.

Awards associated with the recipients of the Stars competition

  • A $1000 monetary prize offered by our partner Gilead;
  • An invitation to present their expertise, distinctive services, and private partnership interests at the EFFERVESCENCE 2022 Gala;
  • Visibility of the profile of the awarded researchers and their research projects on Montréal Invivo’s social networks and newsletter;
  • A personalized training for the presentation of your project in the style of TED Talks.

…. Other awards will be announced soon!

Who can apply?

  • Researchers;
  • A candidate’s research institution, recognized by the FRQ;
  • A partner company of the candidate.

The selection committee encourages the submission of applications from individuals identifying to groups considered to be minorities by the government, including women, non-binary people, Black, Indigenous, racialized minorities, and/or LGBTQIA2+ communities, and/or persons with disabilities.


Mariève Blanchet, PhD

“The Stars EFFERVESCENCE award allowed me to have recognition for my atypical career as well as for Nimbly, an innovative game platform that I created to allow children to move and learn. During the event, this visibility allowed me to discuss with people from different backgrounds about technological and social innovation in the life sciences. »

Mariève Blanchet, PhD
Professor in the Department of Physical Activity Sciences at UQÀM and Co-Director of the Child Motricity Research Laboratory

Massimiliano Paganelli, MD, PhD

“As a physician, researcher and entrepreneur, I work with my team every day to bring innovative therapies to my young patients. EFFERVESCENCE brings together the best of the world of life sciences in Montreal and helps new technologies like ours to develop and shine in Quebec and internationally. »

Massimiliano Paganelli, MD, PhD
Pediatric hepatologist – CHU Sainte-Justine
Associate professor of Pediatrics – Université de Montréal
Head, Liver Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy Laboratory – CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
Founder and CEO, Morphocell Technologies Inc.

Corinne Hoesli, ing., PhD

“I’m a professor of chemical engineering but instead of making more conventional chemicals, I’m working on the biofabrication of therapeutic cells to treat diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Effervescence has a unifying effect, breaking down the walls between disciplines to tackle common goals in the life sciences.”

Corinne Hoesli, P.Eng, PhD
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Cellular Therapy Bioprocess Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering 

Sebastien Talbot, PhD

“The effervescence award allowed me to establish contact with several investment bankers and push our commercialization forward. Being an awardee helped me secure contract extensions from our industrial partners, which benefited my lab and our research.”

Sebastien Talbot, PhD
Canada Research Chair  - Neuro-Immunology 
Associate Professor – Département de Pharmacologie et Physiologie 
Faculté de Médecine – Université de Montréal 
CIRCA - member 
SNC  - member 
McGill Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain  - external member