Ontario grants Agfa Healthcare $29.6-million to develop radiology
31 January 2009
The Government of Ontario, Canada is helping create 100 new jobs and
supporting 276 existing jobs through a $29.6-million grant to Agfa
HealthCare from Ontario’s Next Generation of Jobs Fund.
Agfa HealthCare is developing new software that allows radiologists
to share digital images across a regional network, reducing the need to
develop X-rays and physically transport them between facilities and
healthcare professionals. The total project investment is nearly $200
Partnering with businesses to generate investment, create jobs and
support innovation is a key component of the Ontario government’s plan
to support the economy.
“We’re proud to support Agfa HealthCare’s investment in their Ontario
operations and helping create quality jobs for Ontario families. We are
committed to continuing to build on Ontario’s strengths: a skilled and
educated workforce, a culture of innovation, and a competitive business
environment,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
“Agfa’s new technology represents a step forward in ehealth,
providing an Ontario solution to a global need and further strengthening
the local economy,” said Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic
“This is an exciting moment in our long history in Canada and signals
a continued dedication to our customers in terms of research and
development. The support from the Ontario government allows us to
accelerate our growth plans and bring our new technology to market, as
well as anchoring our investment here in Ontario,” said Michael Green,
President and CEO, Agfa HealthCare North America.
Agfa’s new software is also being adapted for use in cardiology,
mammography, endoscopy and other specialties. The Next Generation of
Jobs Fund is a five-year, $1.15-billion investment strategy to help
Ontario strengthen high-growth sectors of the economy and create jobs
for Ontario families.
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