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Goodman Pediatric Formulations Centre

The Goodman Pediatric Formulations Centre (GPFC) of the CHU Sainte-Justine is a non-profit and was created in 2016 thanks to the contribution of the Rosalind & Morris Goodman Foundation. The Centre is committed to improving access to child-friendly medicines by increasing the efficacy, safety and compliance of medicines for children. To achieve these important and ambitious goals, we have joined together to mobilize a national collaborative of child health and child health system experts with the requisite depth of expertise and breath of influence. 

Our Vision

To be the voice of Canadian children of all ages in order to improve access to medicines that meet their needs by creating an environment conducive to the development and marketing of pediatric formulations.

Our Goals

1. To facilitate the development and commercialization of safe and effective pediatric drug formulations by:

  • Promoting a research-based approach to pediatric formulation development;
  • Advocating for a clinical and regulatory environment that fosters pediatric formulation development;
  • Advocating for incentives that will stimulate and attract development of pediatric formulations;
  • Identifying hurdles and challenges in the drug development process and in the regulatory landscape and act as a change agent.

2. To promote practices to increase safety of medicines administered to children

These goals are in line with a recent report of the Council of Canadian Academies, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, and a second report from the Canadian Senate, Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada.

Services Offered

The Centre provides to the pharmaceutical industry, or other Parties, the following services in relation with the development and regulatory approval of pediatric formulations:

1. Clinical,  pharmacological and regulatory expertise

  • Identification and prioritization of children’s needs;
  • Development of Pediatric Formulation Development Plan (PERFORM).

2. Clinical research services and expertise

  • Research capacity with clinical investigation unit and trained personnel in pediatrics;
  • Expertise in the design and conduct of pediatric pharmacokinetic, efficacy and safety studies.

3. Supporting advocacy efforts at Provincial, Federal, and International Levels.

Additional services may be provided, as needed. 


  • Catherine Litalien, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., Executive Director
  • Andrea Gilpin, PH.D., M.B.A., General Manager
  • Julie Autmizguine, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., M.SC., Scientific Director
  • Sophie Bérubé, B.PHARM. M.SC., Pharmacist
  • Denis Lebel, B.PHARM. M.SC., F.C.S.H.P., member of the Internal Advisory Committee
  • Jean-Marie Leclerc, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., member of the Internal Advisory Committee
  • Yves Théorêt, PH.D, PHARM.D., member of the Internal Advisory Committee


Andrea Gilpin, GPFC General Manager
(514) 465-2114

Mélanie Derail, Advisor – Operations and Communications
(514) 345-4931 ext. 3251

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