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R&D Scientist Job at LuminUltra

Jenn O'Donnell March 4, 2019

LuminUltra is recruiting an R&D Scientist to join their team in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The role includes contributing to the development of a platform to detect and measure microorganisms of industrial importance, providing technical support to customers and working with LuminUltra’s software on bioinformatics projects.

Download the complete job description here.

Qualifications

  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • Masters or PhD. in Bioinformatics, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, or related field would be an asset.
  • Strong laboratory and analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to perform root cause analysis.
  • Strong organizational & time management skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and individually.
Application Process

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity apply now! Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@luminultra.com and reference the job title R&D Scientist.

Only those applicants selected for initial screening will be contacted.

 

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Career Opportunity – Bend Beauty Inc. (Nova Scotia)

Quality and Regulatory Affairs Lead Jenn O'Donnell November 13, 2018

AlgaeCo (actual company name TBD) is an innovative new company setting out to transform the production of food and natural health product ingredients through innovative and sustainable fermentation technologies. The company’s initial focus will be the production of algal protein as well as omega-3 DHA from their proprietary strain of heterotrophic algae.

Bend Beauty Inc. is a developer of natural health products that target skin care, healthy aging, and general wellness. With over 10 years of research in nutritional lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants they market products primarily to medi-spa, dermatology, and naturopathy clinics.

An experienced Quality Assurance Lead is being sought to oversee QA for both companies. The Quality Assurance Lead will maintain and manage the quality control program and product release, manage regulatory compliance for all markets, and maintain relationships with contract manufacturers and raw material suppliers for both AlgaeCo and Bend Beauty.

Qualifications include a BSc or MSc in Food Science, Biology, Nutrition or a similar field.

The job location is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information please download the job ad or contact Noctulica Consulting.

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BioPartnering: Support for International Missions 2018 – 2020

We are now accepting proposals from companies and research organizations for meeting support Jenn O'Donnell August 29, 2018

Are you working to establish a closer relationship with a potential customer, or collaborator or investor?

Through the generous support of ACOA the Atlantic Canada Bio-Industries Alliance (ACBA) is coordinating International BioPartnering Missions for 2018-2020.

The Steering Committee overseeing this initiative is now soliciting expressions of interest from Atlantic Canadian biosciences companies and research organizations that are developing business relationships with international business and/or research collaborators, with all travel being completed by March 1, 2020.

In order to participate, you must first submit a proposal to the provincial Steering Committee identifying an international colleague you wish to bring to Atlantic Canada or wish to travel to meet with and the compelling business reason why this project should be funded. If the proposal is approved, the applicant will work with their provincial contact/program manager to arrange travel and accommodation for incoming missions. Eligible expenses for outgoing missions will be reimbursed upon travel completion with submission of required documents. The BioPartnering Mission will be held over several days and the itinerary for the visiting partner would consist of one-on-one meetings and other activities as determined by his/her host.

Incoming Missions – the program will cover the cost of (economy-class) travel, accommodations and meals (up to a maximum of $3,000 CAD) for your guest. Your cost as host will be a $750 participation fee, payable to your representative agency, and whatever hospitality you provide to your guest (entertainment, ground transportation, etc.).

Outgoing Missions – the program will reimburse the cost of event related expenses only – i.e. conference registration (up to a maximum $3,000 CAD). Your cost will be a $750 participation fee, payable to your representative agency. Limited number of outgoing missions available.

Please be advised that eligible outgoing mission expenses include costs associated with event costs only (i.e. conference registration, exhibitor fees) up to a maximum of $3,000 CAD. Travel expenses are not eligible for outgoing missions.

The committee is looking for projects that involve a new business opportunity that would benefit not only your organization but also have the potential to contribute to the growth of Atlantic Canada’s biosciences community. Once proposals have been reviewed and ranked, successful proponents will be notified and travel arrangements will be made after the participation fee has been received.

If you’re interested in participating in this project, please submit the following information via email to a representative from BioNB. (*All travel must be completed by March 1, 2020.)

  • Your organization’s name and contact information;
  • Names and coordinates of the individual/organization you have contacted and wish to invite to Atlantic Canada or wish to visit; and
  • The rationale for the invitation/meeting and potential outcomes expected (New Markets/ Sales, Attracting Investment, Research Collaboration, Technology Transfer, etc.).

The organizing committee will review this information keeping in mind the mission criteria and available funding and get back to you as soon as possible to discuss next steps in the process.

We believe that developing relationships between business and research contacts in Atlantic Canada and potential international partners is an important step in demonstrating sector capabilities and building long term partnerships for your organization and our community.

Download the program information

International Biopartnering Program 2018-2019 application form

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Growing the Bioeconomy in Atlantic Canada: Atlantic BIOCON 2018 set to Kick Off in Fredericton

Jenn O'Donnell May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 (Fredericton, NB) – The Atlantic BIOCON 2018, Canada’s premier conference on biorefining and bioprocessing, will take place May 23rd to 24th in Fredericton, NB. Going into its 7th year, BIOCON 2018 is a dynamic 2-day conference that sparks discussion, spurs innovation and highlights new projects that are transforming our traditional industries and business.

Click here to open the official press release file.

The bioeconomy is a rapidly growing collision of sectors across the world. Entrepreneurs are creating opportunities to ensure our food security, improve our health and create a cleaner environment.

With dozens of private and public research institutions, vast forests, affordable agriculture land, and diversified coastal zones, Atlantic Canada is positioned to be a bioeconomy leader. Hundreds of Atlantic companies are already innovating in this space.

With over 20 speakers set to share their knowledge over the two-day agenda the organizers have focused the program around 5 subthemes: Growing the bioeconomy in Atlantic Canada, Company and applied research showcase, The new economy: What’s old is new again, Business opportunities: Back to our roots, and New ways of getting things done.

Visit AtlanticBiorefineryConference.ca for schedule, featured speakers, and more.

The new economy theme will feature Herb Emery, UNB’s Vaughan Chair in regional Economics and will explore how economies focused on natural resources can evolve thanks to innovation to unlock new economic growth. This subtheme also includes Nauja Bianco, Nordic Council of Ministers, who will share the Nordic countries bioeconomy model and outline how they’ve enabled incredible change for their traditional industries thanks to collaboration.

The next two themes, Business Opportunities and the Company and Applied Research Showcase will highlight the broad range of business opportunities already being explored in our backyard. The speakers range from James McDonnell of Moosehead Breweries, who will be sharing how waste streams can be revenue streams, to Jim Cunningham of Cardwell Farms who will demonstrate how Cardwell is using waste streams to feed their compost and soil business.

Our final theme will tackle hot topics in Atlantic Canada and will be focused on how innovation in bio goes well beyond the biological sciences and how the bioeconomy complements developments in data analytics, AI, Clean tech and will be the first adopters of Industry 4.0 technologies.

“Atlantic BIOCON is the country’s best venue to highlight regional projects, technologies and opportunities as they relate to the transformation of Atlantic Canada’s bio-based resources. We think the best opportunity for growth is to bring our traditional industries into the 21st century, and this conference provides a forum for these discussions,” says Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director, BioNB.

“Springboard Atlantic has been involved with Atlantic BIOCON since its inception. It is a key opportunity for researchers and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas that spark action. We have seen the projects that are developed from this conference transform our natural resources into valuable products that can grow our economy,” says Daryl Genge, President & CEO, Springboard Atlantic.

The Atlantic region holds significant research and development capacity in this nascent sector, showcased by a number of academic posters to be featured as part of this year’s Poster Session. Students from the University of Price Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, Acadia University, and Dalhousie University will compete for poster prizes in the areas of applied science and technology.

The organizing committee is proud to be showcasing the scope of technologies and innovative research in the Atlantic region and beyond and looks forward to the collaborative biorefining projects that will emerge from the conference.

About the Organizers

Le Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

The CCNB is a modern student focused college with five campuses geographically located across Northern New Brunswick and in Dieppe. The CCNB contributes to the economic development of the communities it serves, with more than 90 programs that meet labour market needs. As an entrepreneurial and innovative College, CCNB adapts to the rapidly changing economy, supports the activities of applied research and encourages innovation. The applied research division, CCNB-INNOV, located in Grand Falls, NB, supports the industry in the fields of environment, agriculture, bioprocesses and beverages.

Springboard Atlantic

Springboard Atlantic is Atlantic Canada’s commercialization network. We represent the collective academic research and development expertise of 19 universities and colleges across the region. We act as a bridge between academia and industry bringing world class ideas to the marketplace and drawing in industry challenges to be solved. With over 10,000 researchers, 30 industry engagement professionals and over 6000 research deals done in the last 3 years our model stands along in Canada as an example of collaboration.

 

BioNB

Driving New Brunswick’s Bioeconomy, BioNB connects, supports and advocates for NB’s biosciences sector. BioNB provides business development, mentoring and coaching support to New Brunswick’s bioscience entrepreneurs and companies.  BioNB hosts regular events to foster sector networking and educate companies, decision makers and the public on current issues and emerging trends. In collaboration with a vibrant ecosystem of companies, research institutions and partners, BioNB is dedicated to enabling a thriving bioeconomy in our region.

Natural Products Canada

Natural Products Canada (NPC) works with an array of partners to commercialize naturally-derived products and technologies in health and life sciences, natural resources, agriculture and agri-food, and sustainable bioproducts. Buoyed by the growing demand for natural solutions, NPC has over 300 companies in its pipeline. NPC acts as matchmaker and mentor to companies and researchers; serves as technology scout and ecosystem navigator for multinationals and large corporations; and helps investors discover, develop, and de-risk opportunities. NPC was established in 2016 and is funded by a range of public and private investors, including the Government of Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, administered by the Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Contacts

Media Materials: Shawni Beaulieu, BioNB sbeaulieu@bionb.org

Operations and Logistics: Jennifer O’Donnell, BioNB jodonnell@bionb.org

Interviews and Press:

  • Meaghan Seagrave, BioNB mseagrave@bionb.org
  • Jared Christensen, CCNB-INNOV jared.christensen@ccnb.ca
  • Katie Kushner, Springboard Atlantic kkushner@springboardatlantic.ca

 

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Job Postings: SomaDetect

SomaDetect is growing their team in Fredericton, Waterloo and Buffalo Jenn O'Donnell January 10, 2018

SomaDetect is a dynamic start-up company founded in Fredericton, New Brunswick and they are opening a new office in Buffalo, New York. SomaDetect’s product is being used by dairy farmers across North America to produce the highest quality milk possible. SomaDetect is seeking to fill a number of roles with the required expertise spanning, agriculture, engineering, computer science and more. Visit their jobseekers page for more information on the following roles:

  • Chief Product Officer
  • Dairy Equipment Specialist
  • Data Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Full Stack Web Developer
  • IOT Dev Ops Specialist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • UX/UI Designer

Based on the candidates’ preferences, these jobs could be based in Buffalo, NY; Fredericton, NB; or Waterloo, ON.

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Job posting: Process Development Internship

Join the Chinova Bioworks team! Jenn O'Donnell November 3, 2017

Chinova Bioworks is in the business of making foods, beverage and cosmetics safer and healthier.

Chinova Bioworks is looking to fill a paid internship position in Fredericton. The intern will work alongside Chinova’s scientists in the area of process development, relating to: microbiology, organic and analytical chemistry, market research, business development, process engineering and more!

Requirements include the completion of a university bachelor’s degree, being between 15-30 years of age, and having 3 months of laboratory experience in projects related to chemistry or microbiology.

For more information, download the job posting here.

Applications are due on November 20, 2017

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BIOMATCAN Ltd. Achieves ISO 13485 Certification for Medical Devices

News release from BIOMATCAN Inc. Jenn O'Donnell September 8, 2017

BIOMATCAN LTD is very pleased to announce that it has become ISO 13485 certified.

The certification issued by the leading international provider of quality management systems and their certification, INTERTEK, attests that BIOMATCAN’s Quality Management System for Medical Devices responds to rigorous standards for the design and development, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of synthetic bone filler and bone substitute for bone regeneration.

The achievement of this important objective is a key step toward the global marketing of the company’s products.

ISO 13485 establishes the requirements of a quality management system whereby an organization must demonstrate its ability to consistently provide medical devices and associated services that meet the requirements of customers, as well as meeting applicable regulatory requirements for medical devices and associated services.

BIOMATCAN Chief Operating Officer, Fouad Dabbarh

About BIOMATCAN Ltd.

BIOMATCAN Ltd. is a unique Canadian company specializing in the Research, Development and Commercialization of innovative biomaterial products for the orthopedic and dental applications worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Email: info@biomatcan.com , Tel: 506 450-0404, Fax: 506 450-0405, Unit#3, 385 Wilsey Road  Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

http://biomatcan.com/

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BioPartnering: Support for International Missions

We are now accepting proposals from companies and research organizations for meeting support Jenn O'Donnell September 8, 2017

Are you working to establish a closer relationship with a potential customer, or collaborator or investor?

Through the generous support of ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) the Atlantic Canada Bio-Industries Alliance (ACBA) is coordinating International BioPartnering Missions for 2017.

The Steering Committee overseeing this initiative is now soliciting expressions of interest from Atlantic Canadian biosciences companies and research organizations that are developing business relationships with international business and/or research collaborators, with all travel being completed by March 1, 2018.

In order to participate, you must first submit a proposal to the provincial Steering Committee identifying an international colleague you wish to bring to Atlantic Canada or wish to travel to meet with and the compelling business reason why this project should be funded. If the proposal is approved, the applicant will work with their provincial contact/program manager to arrange travel and accommodation for incoming missions. Eligible expenses for outgoing missions will be reimbursed upon travel completion with submission of required documents. The BioPartnering Mission will be held over several days and the itinerary for the visiting partner would consist of one-on-one meetings and other activities as determined by his/her host.

Incoming Missions – the program will cover the cost of (economy-class) travel, accommodations and meals (up to a maximum of $3,000 CAD) for your guest. Your cost as host will be a $750 participation fee, payable to your representative agency, and whatever hospitality you provide to your guest (entertainment, ground transportation, etc.).

Outgoing Missions – the program will reimburse the cost of event related expenses only – i.e. conference registration (up to a maximum $3,000 CAD). Your cost will be a $750 participation fee, payable to your representative agency. Limited number of outgoing missions available.

Please be advised that eligible outgoing mission expenses include costs associated with event costs only (i.e. conference registration, exhibitor fees) up to a maximum of $3,000 CAD. Travel expenses are not eligible for outgoing missions.

The committee is looking for projects that involve a new business opportunity that would benefit not only your organization but also have the potential to contribute to the growth of Atlantic Canada’s biosciences community. Once proposals have been reviewed and ranked, successful proponents will be notified and travel arrangements will be made after the participation fee has been received.

If you’re interested in participating in this project, please submit the following information via email to a representative from BioNB. (*All travel must be completed by March 1, 2018.)

  • Your organization’s name and contact information;
  • Names and coordinates of the individual/organization you have contacted and wish to invite to Atlantic Canada or wish to visit; and
  • The rationale for the invitation/meeting and potential outcomes expected (New Markets/ Sales, Attracting Investment, Research Collaboration, Technology Transfer, etc.).

The organizing committee will review this information keeping in mind the mission criteria and available funding and get back to you as soon as possible to discuss next steps in the process.

We believe that developing relationships between business and research contacts in Atlantic Canada and potential international partners is an important step in demonstrating sector capabilities and building long term partnerships for your organization and our community.

Download the program information.

International Biopartnering Program 2017 application form

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Atlantic Fisheries Fund Announced

Canada and the Atlantic Provinces accepting proposals for over $400 million fund Jenn O'Donnell September 6, 2017

News Release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 31, 2017

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s fish and seafood sector is an integral part of the economic and social fabric of many coastal communities across the country. That is why the Government of Canada and our provincial and territorial governments are collaborating to modernize the sector. Innovation in this sector, which is integral to the Canadian economy, means more job opportunities for hundreds of small coastal and Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada, and across the country.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and our provincial partners in Atlantic Canada are pleased to announce that the over $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) is now open for business and accepting proposals.

The AFF will focus on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada. Investments flowing from the fund will position the fish and seafood sector in Atlantic Canada for long-term sustainable growth and will support continued industry efforts to provide consumers with high-quality, sustainably sourced, Canadian fish and seafood products.

The AFF is now accepting applications from proponents in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions may apply.

Further information on eligibility, project criteria and application forms can be found on the Atlantic Fisheries Fund Secretariat website .

To be eligible, projects must focus on:

•    Innovation – to support research and development of new innovations that contribute to sustainability of the fish and seafood sector, and to create partnerships and networks that aim to promote and encourage innovations in the sector;
•    Infrastructure – to adapt new technologies, processes, or equipment to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector
•    Science Partnerships – fisheries and aquaculture industry based partnerships with academia and institutions to enhance knowledge and understanding of the impacts of changing oceanographic conditions and sustainable harvesting technology.

In the coming weeks and months, the Government of Canada and our provincial partners will engage with a broad range of stakeholders including industry participants, Indigenous groups, Non-Government Organizations and the science and academic communities. This engagement will continue throughout the life of the program and will inform investment priorities and identify opportunities and potential partners.

Read the complete News Release here: https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2017/08/the_atlantic_fisheriesfundopenforbusinesscanadaandtheatlanticpro.html

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New Wage Subsidy Program Open to STEM and Business Co-op Students

BioTalent Canada program to create 1,000 student job opportunities in Canadian biotech companies Jenn O'Donnell August 28, 2017

BioTalent Canada News Release

OTTAWA, August 28, 2017 – BioTalent Canada today announced a new initiative to increase job-readiness of post-secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and business students across Canada.

The federally-funded Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide $6 million in wage subsidies over four years for 1,000 co-op placements for students to gain work experience in Canadian biotech companies. In addition to wage subsidies, the program will also include a curricula-enhancement component to better align biotechnology programs at post-secondary institutions with the needs of Canada’s bio-economy employers.

This initiative is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.

Canadian science graduates often struggle to find meaningful employment in the field of their choice. According to Statistics Canada, young university graduates in STEM across Canada face a 17% unemployment rate. Conversely, 53% of Canada’s biotechnology companies reported they grapple with skills shortage, according to BioTalent Canada’s labour market study, Sequencing the Data.

BioTalent Canada, a national non-profit HR association for Canada’s bio-economy, has a long track record of successfully addressing these issues through federal wage-subsidy programs, helping new talent gain employment in biotechnology and assisting companies in offsetting the costs of hiring.

Since 2013, BioTalent Canada has injected over $6.8 million into Canada’s bio-economy while helping 168 biotechnology companies hire over 550 new graduates through federally-funded programs.

“Smaller biotech companies are often reluctant to invest in the training of students with no work experience,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “Giving students the opportunity to get hands-on experience while finishing their studies will strengthen Canada’s bio-economy by bridging the gap between industry and academia.”

The purpose of the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program is to build students’ job-readiness throughout their studies, to enable them to better integrate into Canada’s biotechnology sector and find meaningful employment upon graduation.

Employers interested in accessing wage subsidies through the program are encouraged to call BioTalent Canada at 1-866-243-2472 or visit biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds.

About BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research, and product development, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information, and skills development tools so the industry can focus on strengthening Canada’s biotech business. For more information, please visit biotalent.ca.

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