InterVac Overview

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When InterVac becomes operational in 2012, research capabilities within VIDO-InterVac will grow exponentially.  


InterVac will alleviate the current worldwide shortage of Containment Level 3 laboratory space for vaccine research and development.


Our research addresses infectious diseases of importance to human and animal health, and involves:

  • developing new vaccines and improving existing ones
  • improving methods for administering vaccines in both animals and humans
  • improving the safety of food and water
  • providing international calibre training for graduate students and scientists from around the world

Benefits of InterVac


For Society: 

  • Canada’s strategy for dealing with infectious diseases will be strengthened.
  • Working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canada will be able to respond faster to emerging diseases affecting animals and humans.

 For Researchers: 

  • Understanding of CL3 infectious diseases and the interactions between human and animal health will be better understood.
  • InterVac's distinctive design will accommodate research ranging from preclinical testing to licensing trials.

 For Animal and Human Health Industries: 

  • Agricultural and biopharmaceutical industries that address animal and human health issues will be enhanced.
  • R&D on infectious diseases of agricultural and economic significance will be strengthened.

 For Saskatchewan and Canada: 

  • InterVac will provide unparalleled research, teaching and graduate study opportunities.
  • Saskatchewan’s international leadership in vaccine development will be secured.
  • About 400 construction jobs and 50 full-time research-related employment positions will be added to the province.

Funding for InterVac Construction


Funding has been provided by:

  • Government of Canada 
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • City of Saskatoon

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Grand Opening Celebration


The grand opening celebration for InterVac took place on Friday, September 16th and included the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan; His Worship Donald Atchison, Mayor or Saskatoon and special guests from industry, government and accademia.


Event sponsors for the grand opening celebration included

  • Alberta Prion Research Institute
  • Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
  • Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
  • BIOTECanada
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Canada's RX&D  
  • Cangene
  • CEVA
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck
  • Prevtec Microbia
  • Sanofi Pasteur


A video of the grand opening event can be viewed here