About Us

What we are

The Littoral Clinical Research Institute (IRCL) is a private clinical research organization specialized in interventional studies in the field of natural health products and nutraceuticals. The institute also offers expertise in biological, epidemiological studies and longitudinal disease registries.
The IRCL has two research sites, one located in Rimouski in Bas St-Laurent and one in Maria, Gaspésie. The two teams are made up of an academic researcher, a doctor, a nurse and a coordinator trained in ICH Good Clinical Practices (GCP).

Our story

IRCL was founded in 2020 after four years of clinical research as SCF Pharma.
SCF Pharma is a Rimouski company that specializes in omega-3 monoglycerides. The company set up a clinical research department in 2016 to pursue the development of its patented products, in particular omega-3 monoglycerides (MAG-EPA/MAG-DHA).
Over the years that followed, a quality system was built (quality plan & SOPs), research teams were gathered in Maria and Rimouski, then the NEMO software was created specifically to capture research data and manage clinical activities.
In 2019, an analysis agreement was concluded with the Optilab laboratories of the Maria and Rimouski hospitals in order to have access to the health network's analysis directory.
In 2020, having in hand everything necessary to carry out clinical research according to the standards and regulation in Canada, the management of SCF Pharma founded the IRCL in order to offer its skills to other researchers.


Design, initiation & execution of clinical studies

• Feasibility assessment
• Design
• Budgeting
• Drafting of documents
• Submissions & regulatory compliance
(institutional suitability & ethics committee)
• Registration in the Clinicaltrials.gov registry

Management of training files
& qualifications of research teams

• Good clinical practices (GCP)
• Canada Division 5 of the Food & Drug Regulations
• Research protocols
• Standardized operating procedures (SOPs)
• Renewal of professional licenses and CVs


• Monitoring plan
• Site initiation of studies
• Follow-up visits at the sites
• Follow-up of corrective actions at the sites
• Compliant closure-out of sites

Data management
& reports

• Quality control and assurance (QC/QA)
• Data management software
(electronic CRF)
• Biostatistical analyses
• Report drafting according to ICH E3 guideline


Aide financière

Financial aid

Quebec is allocating $187,000 to two marine biotechnology companies that are developing products to slow the aging process.

See article (french)...


Structure of the IRCL

Contact Us

Nous joindre
The Littoral Clinical Research Institute (IRCL)
425b Boulevard Perron
Maria, Quebec
G0C 1Y0


Anne-Julie Landry

Anne-Julie Landry, M.Sc, D.E.S.S.

Director of Clinical Operations


Samuel Fortin, Ph.D

Scientific Director