Research & development
Agfa obtains $29.6 million grant from
WATERLOO, Ont. – Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled
workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, has been awarded a grant of
$29.6 million by the government of Ontario. The money will be used
to bolster the company’s research, development and regional operation centres in Toronto and Waterloo.
The grant is part of an investment of nearly $200 million by Agfa
HealthCare in its Ontario operations, creating 100 new positions and
re-investing in 276 existing jobs.
The total investment is designed to centralize and streamline the
company’s research, development and regional operations, which will
serve the North American and global requirements of the company.
“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,” said Michael Green (pictured), Vice President North
America Region, Agfa HealthCare. “The systems developed in Waterloo will
be an integral part of our next generation of enterprise-wide solutions,
designed to help our customers transform from analog to digital to full
fledged IT solutions.”
“This will in turn support improved workflow, accuracy and patient care
for hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide,” said Green. “The
support from the McGuinty government allows us to accelerate our growth
plans and bring our new technology to market, as well as anchoring our
investment here in Ontario.”
Partnering with businesses to generate investment and create jobs is a
component of the Ontario government’s five-point plan to grow the
economy and will be provided from the Next Generation of Jobs Fund.
“We’re proud to support Agfa HealthCare’s investment in their Ontario
operations and workforce. We have a skilled and educated workforce, a
culture of innovation, and a competitive business environment. The Next
Generation of Jobs Fund leverages those advantages to create quality
jobs for Ontario families,” said Ontario’s Premier, Dalton McGuinty.
The 100 new jobs created at Agfa HealthCare will include software
development roles, general support services and back office functions
designed to meet the company’s regional, national and global needs.
In total Agfa HealthCare will employ nearly 400 people in Ontario,
focusing on the development, implementation and support of the company’s
eHealth, Regional Health and Digital Imaging Solutions.
The company’s Waterloo office will strengthen its position as one of the
company’s primary Research and Development facilities. It supplies the
company’s leading-edge Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
(PACS), called IMPAX, and other advanced software solutions for
hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide.
Michael Bryant, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, said, “We’re
proud to work with innovative companies that come to the table with
their own growth plans and resources. Agfa HealthCare’s new technology
represents a step forward in the development of e-health, providing an
Ontario solution to a global need and a shot in the arm to the local
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading
provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management
solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing
images in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to
diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market
since the early 1990s. The company develops and delivers its solutions
to hospitals and healthcare facilities in over 100 markets worldwide and
is an active provider of IT-enabled diagnostic tools supporting Canada’s
transition to fully fledged e-health solutions through its Picture
Archiving and Communication Systems, advanced clinical applications and
consolidated data centres.