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In June, Denis Biron completes a one-year internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology.
In October of the same year, he realizes the dream that he nurtured throughout his years of study by founding Laboratoire Biron Ltée. He opens a small head office on Pie-IX Boulevard in Montreal as its sole service centre.
Denis chooses to leave the island of Montreal to set up a new office on Quinn Boulevard in Longueuil, on Montreal’s South Shore.
He would be the sole employee of his company for nearly six years.
The arrival of health insurance in Quebec takes a toll on the company. With great sadness, Denis is forced to lay off two employees while he reviews his business strategy. Fortunately, after only a few months, both employees return to the company. Ève Biron, Denis’ wife, also joins the company and contributes greatly to its growth.
Following a fire that destroys the Bio-Endo building, Biron acquires the company.
Almost 25 years after setting up his business in Longueuil, Denis decides to move his head office, at 6955 Taschereau Boulevard.
From a young age, the three daughters of Denis and Ève would be immersed in the family business, gradually absorbing their father’s passion and grand ambitions for the company. It would simply be a matter of time, then, before each of them joined the company to contribute to its growth.
Ève-Lyne Biron, the eldest daughter, is the first to join the ranks of the company created by her father and assumes the role of Sales and Marketing Manager, a position she would occupy for six years. A few months later, Geneviève, the youngest, also enters the family business. With the arrival of new labour standards in Quebec, Geneviève begins organizing the company’s human resources before focusing on operations management. Caroline, an engineer by trade, also joins the team and focuses her efforts on developing the information technology that will drive the business forward.
Biron becomes the first laboratory in Canada to receive ISO 9002 certification. This year also marks the beginning of diagnostic services in sleep care.
After more than six years of involvement in the various spheres of the family business, Ève-Lyne succeeds her father as President of the company, ensuring the transition to the second generation. The young president wishes to inject new energy into the company while maintaining the excellent foundation laid by her father over the past 40 years. To do so, she surrounds herself with a qualified team that shares her desire to take the company further.
Biron acquires PolyDiagnostic.
The company takes a more “client-centric” approach by installing a new computer system (FoxLab) that facilitates appointment scheduling.
The company expands further, acquiring Laboratoire OML.
Biron improves its range of sleep care services by opening – in Brossard – the first service centre dedicated exclusively to sleep apnea diagnosis.
An official division is created for sleep care, called Apnair. In addition to continuing the diagnostic services provided over the past ten years, this new business unit has a mandate to offer therapeutic services so that patients can benefit from personalized treatment.
After several years evaluating the market and growth prospects, Geneviève Biron launches her intrapreneurial project, Imagix-Medical Imaging, alongside her business partner, Dr. Maurice Dufresne. Imagix becomes the first network of medical imaging clinics in Quebec. The first clinic to appear under this banner is Clinique de Radiologie Laval-Laurentides in Chomedey, which would be renamed “Imagix-Radiologie Chomedey.”
The company continues to acquire clinics to build the Imagix network, including those of Groupe Rive-Sud in Brossard, Boucherville, Saint-Hubert and Longueuil as well as a clinic in Saint-Laurent the following year.
The medical laboratory is visited for the first time by Accreditation Canada. After a complete analysis of the quality of its services and processes, the company obtains its first certification, which would be continuously renewed thereafter.
Significant changes are made to the brand, including a new logo and new official names for the business units. As a result, Laboratoire médical Biron becomes “Biron-Medical Laboratory". Laboratoire du sommeil Biron and Apnair become “Biron-Sleep Care”. Imagix-Medical Imaging, meanwhile, remains unchanged, but its logo now incorporates the Biron “B” and adopts the grey and orange colour scheme.
Also this year, Biron launches the Portail des professionnels, a tool that allows the company to win an OCTAS award.
Finally, the Radiologie 2000 clinic in Blainville joins the Imagix network.