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Bioscience Community Honours ADI Systems with New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award

Media Release - Fredericton, New Brunswick (September 21, 2017) Ryan Reid September 21, 2017

BioNB, New Brunswick’s bioscience agency, awarded ADI Systems the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award on Thursday September 21 at the annual industry event, Innovation at the Market. Over 150 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.

ADI Systems provides wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy technologies for industrial processors around the world. This includes many household names such as The Kraft Heinz Company and The Kellogg Company. ADI Systems has also completed successful wastewater treatment projects locally—including a system at Old Dutch Snack Foods in Hartland—and the company is currently working on a large-scale project at Lake Utopia Paper, a J.D. Irving Company.

ADI Systems was founded in New Brunswick nearly 30 years ago and has successfully expanded over the years to build a global presence. In the process, they have created many employment opportunities for New Brunswick residents, helping grow the local economy.

“We are honoured to accept the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award,” says Shannon Grant, President of ADI Systems. “The award brings light to our humble NB roots, and showcases how a local company can compete on a global scale.”

The New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award is given out every year and recognizes one individual, company or research team who, above all others, has made outstanding contributions to the growth and promotion of the sector and has helped to put New Brunswick on a national or global map. Among the long list of previous winners are 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 20- 27).

ADI Systems was chosen from among four strong nominees this year: Dr. Chris Baker of IPSNP Computing; SomaDetect, a start-up and finalist in NBIF’s Breakthru Competition, and Dr. Murray McLaughlin of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.

McInnes Cooper, a leading Atlantic Canadian and national law firm, sponsored the Bioscience Achievement Award, which was presented to ADI Systems by Jaime Connolly, partner in the Fredericton office.

BioNB hosted Innovation at the Market with the support of the following sponsors: LuminUltra Technologies, Grant Thornton, McInnes Cooper, CIBC Wood Gundy – Mais Reynolds Financial Group, the Research and Productivity Council, LearnSphere and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

In addition to the awards celebration, Innovation at the Market featured a promotion by Buy/Achetez NB, part of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.

About ADI Systems

ADI Systems, an Evoqua brand, is a world leader in industrial wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy solutions. The company’s proven anaerobic and aerobic technologies reliably treat wastewater to help industrial processors comply with environmental regulations and reduce/eliminate surcharges. ADI Systems also offers technology to capture, treat, and utilize biogas as a source of renewable energy. With over 35 years of experience, ADI Systems’ experts customize the most efficient treatment process for each plant’s needs, providing a turnkey, design/build solution for customers worldwide.

About BioNB

BioNB is the trusted bioscience authority in New Brunswick for government, industry, and media, translating and communicating the business opportunities behind the science. BioNB builds and enhances businesses, supports technology transfer from public institutions and the private sector, and works to build a community and enhance collaboration among sector stakeholders.

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Left to Right: BioNB Chair Greg Kealey, ADI Director of Business Development José Molina, Minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Andrew Harvey, McInnes Cooper Partner Jaime Connolly, and BioNB Executive Director Meaghan Seagrave

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The 2017 New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award

Meet this year's nominees! Ryan Reid September 18, 2017

To celebrate Global Biotechnology Week (September 20-27) and the New Brunswick bioscience community, BioNB is pleased to recognize one individual or organization’s outstanding contributions with the 2017 New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and promotion of bioscience in the province of New Brunswick.


Over the summer, nominations were submitted and two individuals and two companies have been selected as nominees. The winner will be announced at Innovation at the Market, a special event hosted by BioNB on September 21. This annual networking event, now in its sixth year, is attended by over 100 guests and dignitaries in the bioscience community.


The Nominees


Dr. Murray McLaughlin: Dr. Murray McLaughlin is a world-renowned leader in the development of the global bioeconomy and a true champion for bioscience development in New Brunswick. Raised in Oromocto, Murray earned his PhD from Cornell University and embarked on a career in agricultural research in the U.S. and Canada. He has previously served as founding president of AgWest Bio, Deputy Minister for Aagriculture with the Government of Saskatchewan, and Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. A proud New Brunswicker, Murray has been an active board member and past Chairman of the Board for BioNB, connecting the provincial bioscience community to national and international networks. Dr. McLaughlin was named one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy at the Biofuels Digest Conference in Washington in 2016, and received the 2017 International Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada.


SomaDetect: In just over a year, SomaDetect has grown from an idea to a product being used by dairy farmers across North America to solve a significant industry problem. Founded by Bethany Deshpande and based in Fredericton with six staff, SomaDetect sells hardware and software that provides dairy farmers with the information they need to produce the highest quality milk possible. In 2017, SomaDetect was a finalist in the NBIF Breakthru Competition, the winner of the Fierce Founders Bootcamp in Ontario and winner of the Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis.


Dr. Chris Baker: Dr. Baker is CEO of IPSNP Computing. Based on Dr. Baker’s research, IPSNP has developed a data query platform named HYDRA, which provides decision support to managers based on integrated access to analytical software and enterprise databases. HYDRA’s data analysis is highly efficient and of much lower cost than existing data aggregation tools. HYDRA was successfully tested in a U.S. hospital for the clinical surveillance of sepsis and is in trials for use in agriculture. Dr. Baker’s career has spanned both industry and academia, in the UK, Austria, Canada and Singapore. He is currently professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. In 2016 Dr. Baker was a finalist for the Canadian Open Data Leader of the year. In 2017 he was invited as a speaker at the Annual Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists of G20 States (MACS-G20) on Linked Open Data in Agriculture.





ADI Systems: Founded in 1989, ADI Systems has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of wastewater solutions for industry. ADI Systems focuses on anaerobic digestion, aerobic treatment, biogas treatment and utilization for green energy recovery and water reuse technologies. With over 260 customers in more than 35 countries, ADI Systems is a homegrown success story. In July 2017, ADI Systems was acquired by Pittsburgh-based Evoqua Water Technologies, the world’s largest provider of wastewater solutions.


The winner of the NB Bioscience Achievement Award will be presented at Innovation at the Market, BioNB’s annual networking event.


Innovation at the Market

Thursday, September 21, 2017

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Boyce Farmers Market, 665 George Street, Fredericton


To attend, please register for a complimentary ticket:


Thank you to the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award Sponsor:

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