Biobanque Génome Québec

The Biobanque Génome Québec and CIUSSS du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the management of biological and non-biological samples. It is the only robotized biobank in North America for DNA storage at room temperature.


Genizon Biobank offers researchers a resource to facilitate the gene discovery process. Quebec is characterized by optimal genetic sharing, having been founded by just 2,600 individuals 12 to 16 generations ago. What’s more, its population has increased 80-fold over the past 250 years, compared with a 6-fold increase in the population of Western Europe over the same period. This French-Canadian founder population offers a more homogeneous sample than the general population, enabling powerful studies to be carried out with a reduced number of samples.


CARTaGENE is a CHU Sainte-Justine public research platform designed to accelerate health research. CARTaGENE is made up of both biological samples and data on the health and lifestyles of 43,000 Quebecers between the ages of 40 and 69 upon recruitment.

Initially founded by Dr. Claude Laberge and Prof. Bartha Maria Knoppers, CARTaGENE is now under the scientific direction of Dr. Guillaume Lettre, Dr. Simon Gravel and Dr. Vikki Ho.

CARTaGENE’s mission: to accelerate research and innovation, and to act as a decision-making tool while reducing the costs of healthcare research.