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The 1950s - The realization of a young scientist’s dream

1952

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.

1954

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 1970s - Regulatory changes alter the Quebec landscape

1970

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.

1975

Following a fire that destroys the Bio-Endo building, Biron acquires the company.

1979

Almost 25 years after setting up his business in Longueuil, Denis decides to move his head office, at 6955 Taschereau Boulevard.

The 1980s - Preparing the next generation

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.

1989

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.

The 1990s - The transfer to the second generation

1994

Biron becomes the first laboratory in Canada to receive ISO 9002 certification. This year also marks the beginning of diagnostic services in sleep care.

1995

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.

1997

Biron acquires PolyDiagnostic.

1998

The company takes a more “client-centric” approach by installing a new computer system (FoxLab) that facilitates appointment scheduling.

1999

The company expands further, acquiring Laboratoire OML.

The 2000s - Diversification, consolidation and intrapreneurship

2000

Biron improves its range of sleep care services by opening – in Brossard – the first service centre dedicated exclusively to sleep apnea diagnosis.

2004

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.

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

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.

2009

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.

The 2010s - Growth and succession

2010

The company makes another organizational change, with Biron becoming “Biron Health Group.” The role of this new entity is to oversee autonomous business units that share common services.

The same year, the radiology clinics in Longueuil, Châteauguay and Granby join the Imagix network.

Biron Health Group acquires Médiavis and expands its operations into clinic management, occupational medicine and medical expertise services.

2011

The Sleep Care unit obtains its first certification from Accreditation Canada. The same year, Clinique Radiologie Laennec joins Imagix along with two other radiology clinics in Montréal-Nord and Rivière-des-Prairies. The two Imagix clinics located in Longueuil merge and move to renovated premises.

2012

Biron Health Group is named among the best employers in Quebec by Aon Hewitt.

The Radiologie Momed clinic joins Imagix under the name “Imagix-Radiologie Cabrini”.

2013

Biron diversifies its services once again by opening medical clinics at Quartier DIX30 and a service centre specializing in corporate services. It is the birth of a brand new business unit: Biron-Corporate Health.

2014

Geneviève Biron takes the helm of the company, succeeding her sister Ève-Lyne who leaves after 25 years of service, 20 of which were served as Biron’s President. This change breathes new life into the company as Geneviève begins her role by implementing her strategic and long-term vision.

During the same year, Imagix-Medical Imaging obtains its first certification from Accreditation Canada and the Radiologie des Récollets clinic in Trois-Rivières joins the network.

2016

Biron signs a Canada-wide partnership agreement with MedSleep and AvantSleep for sleep care.

The company also makes its first investment in BiogeniQ, a start-up company specializing in genetic services.

The same year, Biron wins an OCTAS award for customized or internally developed business solutions in the SME category for its innovative AMI Portal.

2017

The company celebrates its 65th anniversary with a gala that highlights the tremendous work of its teams and the loyalty of its employees.

For the first time, Biron is named one of Canada’s best managed companies by Deloitte.

The AMI Portal continues to stand out with respect to innovation, with the company winning a Telus Health award at the ACMQ’s front-line services conference for its implementation of an innovative technology.

Finally, the company acquires the Medvue network of private radiology clinics.

2018

For the second consecutive year, Biron qualifies for Canada’s Best Managed Companies business awards. In February, the company announces that it has completed the acquisition of BiogeniQ.

The transfer and growth strategy implemented by Geneviève since becoming President enables the company to distinguish itself at prestigious business competitions. Biron receives a Mercure award in the entrepreneurship, succession and business transfer category at the 38th edition of Les Mercuriades, organized by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ). As well, it is awarded the Gold Medal in the Family Transfer category at the 12th edition of the Business Transfer Awards organized by PwC.