anessa Wins Big

Andrew Byrne October 1, 2019

BioNB, New Brunswick’s bioscience agency, awarded Anessa the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award on Tuesday, September 24th at their annual industry event, Innovation at the Market. Over 75 members of the business and research community gathered for the presentation of the award and the celebration of the substantial growth experienced by the province’s bioscience sector in recent years.


anessa (previously known as Wentech Solutions) is a biogas software company specializing in decision-making tools for the waste-to-energy sector. anessa’s intelligent software supports decisions on complex project design and optimal operating conditions for anaerobic digestion facilities.

In 2015, Amir Akbari and Dr. Farough Motasemi as graduate students in UNB’s Faculty of Engineering first encountered the problem of decision making on how best to deal with organic waste in landfills. From the idea, they engaged Kevin Shiell for his knowledge in bioscience and Dr. Kenneth Kent, through UNB’s Office of Research Services, for his knowledge of SaaS solutions to form the basis for co-founding anessa. With their combined expertise in bioscience, software technology development, leadership and passion for business development, an exciting new company was born.

anessa’s system automates project workflow for biogas plants, drawing on a proprietary simulation technology to model waste-to-energy conversion solutions for clients to provide optimal and timely results during the entire lifetime of a facility. anessa, a runner-up in the 2017 Breakthru competition, has completed two rounds of investment funding and has grown to 12 employees. They are making great strides in delivering their products to market with a growing customer base and doing so, they continue to set an example to entrepreneurs in the bioeconomy.

Quote from Amir Akbari CEO of anessa:

“The bioscience community is strong and growing in NB thanks to the efforts of BioNB and their partners. As such, anessa is very grateful to be recognized as a recipient of the NB Bioscience award. As a young company, every day provides new challenges and opportunities that we are eager to meet head-on to grow anessa into a market leader in the clean technology sector. Our accomplishments are only possible through a team effort that have been enabled through the support of our partners: BioNB, ACOA, NBIF, NRC-IRAP and ONB.”

The New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award is bestowed every year to an individual, company or research team, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the growth and promotion of the sector and whose contributions have helped to put New Brunswick on a national or global stage.

Among the long list of previous winners are ADI Systems, Sylvar Technologies, LaForge Bioenvironmental and LuminUltra Technologies. This year’s award was presented at Innovation at the Market, the bioscience community’s flagship networking event and celebration of Global Biotechnology Week (September 23 – 29).

Anessa was chosen by the awards committee after carefully considering all those who were nominated. Nominees were sent to BioNB through a survey sent out to all our partners and fellow bioscience champions.

Grant Thornton sponsored the Bioscience Achievement Award, which was presented by Krista Han, a partner at Grant Thornton.

BioNB hosted Innovation at the Market with the support of the following sponsors: Duncan L. MacDonald CPA, StartSmart Consulting, Grant Thornton, Connors Stillwell and the Research and Productivity Council (RPC).

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