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BioNova Announces Picomole as the Winner of the Eighth Annual BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) at BioPort 2018

Shawni Beaulieu November 9, 2018

For Immediate Release

BioNova Announces Picomole as the Winner of the Eighth Annual BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) at BioPort 2018

Halifax, NS – November 8, 2018 – Today Picomole from Moncton, New Brunswick was named the winner of BioNova’s eighth annual BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) business pitch competition at BioPort 2018. Picomole is an innovative medical technology company with the goal of developing their patented and patent-pending technologies for breath analytics into the standard of care for non-invasive clinical diagnostics and personalized medicine. 

Stephen Graham of Picomole said, “This experience has been invaluable. The mentorship and training we’ve received through this 
process has helped take Picomole to the next level, and we know the funding and the advisory services will help to elevate us even more.”

Atlantic Canada’s best health and life science innovators participate in the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) business pitch competition each year. The competition’s goal is to help ease the transition 
from research laboratory to market. Picomole will receive a prize package that includes $25,000 in seed funding and an advisory services package worth more than $30,000. Picomole was up against Matthew Kay, CEO of Talem Health Analytics and Gabrielle Masone, CEO of Coloursmith Labs.

“Our panel of judges had a difficult time selecting a winner because all seven finalists have what it takes to make their 
start up a success,” said Scott Moffitt, Executive Director of BioNova. “Congratulations to Picomole.”

The Judging Panel: 
Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, New Ventures (Canada), Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Gerry Lacroix, Technology Sector Leader – Nova Scotia, Grant Thornton LLP

John Holyoake, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Bloom Burton & Co.

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Contact:
Shana Cristoferi, Marketing Manager, BioNova

Mobile: (902) 830-9193

scristoferi@bionova.ca

About BioNova
BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop sustainable solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.  
www.bionova.ca

About BioPort 2018
The 17
th annual BioPort conference will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre on November 7-8, 2018. BioPort provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the health and life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the U.S. and from around the world.  www.bioportatlantic.ca

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Applications Are Now Open for the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy’s Ecosystem and Entrepreneurship Funds!

Shawni Beaulieu October 26, 2018

Applications Are Now Open for the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy’s Ecosystem and Entrepreneurship Funds!

What is the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy?

A centrepiece of the Government of Canada’s Budget 2018, the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) is a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. It highlights the Government’s of Canada’s commitment to create a diverse, inclusive economy that supports prosperity and a better quality or life for all.

Applications are now open for both the WES Ecosystem Fund and the Women Entrepreneurship Fund.

But hurry! Applications will close on November 15, 2018 @ 23:59 PST for the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, and you will have until November 22, 2018 @ 23:59 PST to apply for the WES Ecosystem Fund.

Learn more about WES here.

Apply now.

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Chinova Bioworks Receives GRAS Designation in the US

Shawni Beaulieu October 23, 2018

OCTOBER 15, 2018
FREDERICTON, CANADA

Chinova Bioworks, maker of the natural mushroom chitosan preservative ingredient Chiber™, received its designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel on October 12, 2018. This designation is based on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. The GRAS determination applies exclusively to Chinova Bioworks’ mushroom chitosan preservative, and for specific uses that Chinova Bioworks has designated.

“Having our Chiber™ mushroom chitosan ingredient recognized as GRAS allows us to commercialize our natural solution in the U.S. market for the first time. It demonstrates Chinova’s commitment to the highest standards of quality and safety of our ingredient. This is an important milestone for us and an exciting development for our customers who are eager to replace artificial preservatives and make their foods and beverages healthy and clean label.” – Natasha Dhayagude, Chief Executive Officer, Chinova Bioworks.

Chiber™ is an antimicrobial food and beverage preservative made from a fiber extracted from mushrooms, called chitosan. It has the advantages of broad-spectrum antimicrobial effectiveness while being a healthy natural fiber.

For more information contact:
Dave@chinovabioworks.com
Natashad@chinovabioworks.com
ChinovaBioworks.com

About Chinova
Chinova Bioworks is a Canadian company that addresses the growing consumer demand for healthy, natural, clean-label ingredients, while providing producers with an effective solution that ensures food safety, shelf life, and the overall quality of the product. The company has developed an innovative preservative ingredient based on a fiber extracted from mushrooms called chitosan. This ingredient, Chiber™, offers broad-spectrum protection against all types of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, and mold), is easy to use, and has no organoleptic impact, all at a competitive price point.

 

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Job Opportunity: Englobe Corp.

Biologist - Environmental Professional in Natural Resources Shawni Beaulieu October 22, 2018

Englobe Corp. is on an exciting growth path in Atlantic Canada and is currently looking for a Biologist / Environmental Professional to join their team in Moncton, NB.

Established in 1961, Englobe is one of Canada’s leading environmental, geotechnical and materials consulting engineering firms. Operating out of 60 offices across Canada, they have a full-time staff of over 1,800 employees nationwide, including nearly 200 in Atlantic Canada. Recently, they have merged with Crandall Engineering Ltd., creating a need for determined and driven individuals to help service their dynamic project demand.

As a Biologist / Environmental Professional on their team, you will be responsible for providing leadership and technical direction to a team of professionals and technicians, and managing and executing a variety of Natural Resource study projects including Environmental Impact Assessments, Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessments, Wetland and Watercourse Compensation Plans, Species at Risk and Habitat Assessments in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine aquatic environment, and Ecological Risk Assessments for public and private sector clients.

SEE THE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.

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Job Opportunity: Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd.

Fish Health Technician Shawni Beaulieu October 22, 2018

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., a division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., a dynamic and growing east coast family company, with Platinum Member status in the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program has an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the Company’s Fish Health Team.

Cooke is a global seafood company with operations in North America, Europe, and South America. The company’s success is driven by their dynamic, highly-skilled and innovative management team, supported by dedicated employees who live in coastal communities and contribute to the local area’s economy and sense of community.

The Role:
As a result of their robust growth, they are adding a Fish Health Technician to their team of professionals. This role require a high degree of skill in maintaining established standards of safety, quality and accuracy.

The primary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Marine site visits to conduct sea lice counts and disease surveillance sampling;
  • Hatchery visits to collect samples for disease surveillance, vaccine side effects scoring and brood stock sampling;
  • Data recording and entry.

SEE THE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.

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BIOMATCAN Achieves ISO 13485-2016 with MDSAP Certification

Shawni Beaulieu October 18, 2018

Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 17, 2018BIOMATCAN Ltd announces today that it has successfully updated its quality system ISO 13485-2003 to the latest version: ISO 13485:2016 certification including Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) standard. This new upgrade confirms that BIOMATCAN Ltd meets all regulatory requirements in the U.S., Canada, for medical device design, development, manufacturing and distribution.

Audited by Intertek Testing Services; one of the leading global certification organizations, BIOMATCAN’s new certification places a greater emphasis on the excellence of its QMS throughout the supply chain and product life cycle, as well as device usability and post-market surveillance requirements. In the highly competitive industry of medical device manufacturing, adhering to the latest ISO certification standard is essential to delivering innovative, high-quality medical products to users around the globe.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-government entity comprised of academic and industry professionals that certify companies are compliant with industry-standard best practices in their production and operations.

Introduced in 2014, MDSAP certification requires that the recipient pass an extensive auditing process to prove its existing quality management system meets the requirements set forth by governing bodies in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan and Australia for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

Medical device manufacturers are required by Health Canada and other international governing health authorities to update their quality systems to the new standard using the MDSAP program by March 2019 in order to remain in compliance. The ISO 13485:2016 standard for quality management systems places an increased emphasis on risk management and also aligns more closely with the FDA’s Quality System Regulations for medical device companies manufacturing or selling products into the United States.

About BIOMATCAN Ltd:

Established in 2011, BIOMATCAN Ltd is a Canadian Leader in Design Development and Manufacturing of high-quality medical devices Bone-like Biomaterials for Orthopedic, Dental and Animal Health.

BIOMATCAN Ltd,

Unit 3, 385 Wilsey Road

Fredericton, E3B 5N6,

NB, Canada.

Tel: 1506-450 0404

Fax: 1506 450 0405

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Job Opportunity: Service New Brunswick

Energy Manager Shawni Beaulieu October 17, 2018

Service New Brunswick is seeking an individual(s) to join the Energy Management Branch as an Energy Manager.

As a member of the Energy Management team, you will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of comprehensive energy management plans for buildings or facilities owned or operated by the Province of New Brunswick including schools, healthcare facilities and other public buildings.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: A university degree in Engineering or related field and a minimum of eight (8) years of related experience. Subject to the response to this competition, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered, or the required years of experience may be increased.

View the full job description here!

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Government Challenges Small Businesses to Innovate

Invites Canadian small businesses to develop innovative solutions to nine new challenges. Shawni Beaulieu October 12, 2018

 

October 3, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Small businesses and their ability to innovate make Canada’s economy run. At the same time, the federal government is Canada’s largest purchaser of goods. How can the government use these purchases to help small businesses innovate and grow?

The answer is Innovative Solutions Canada. Through this program, government departments are inviting small businesses to come up with a new innovative product, service or solution in answer to specific challenges they face. Winning small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The Government will then act as a first customer, helping small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good jobs.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, today announced nine challenges on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is challenging small businesses to:

1. Improve soil sample collection to make it easier, and make testing more accurate

2. Make “smart farming” technology cheaper so that smaller farms can use it

Read the rest of the press release here……

Contacts

Follow Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Twitter: @ISED_CA

Nilani Logeswaran
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2849
613-668-1794

Sandra Aubé
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
343-998-5328

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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Job Posting: ServUs Health

User Research Analyst Shawni Beaulieu October 12, 2018

Description:

The User Research Analyst will provide assistance with executing tasks for the research project. They are developing an evidence-based software platform, called ServUs, that will make it easier for older adults and their family members to navigate senior-friendly resources, government programs, as well as access to care professionals and service providers. ServUs platform will improve care-coordination with family, friends, and the relevant health care professional team with a direct chat application and is capable of delivering desired information and resources to the end users’ fingertips.

The project is a collaboration between New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Center for Aging+Brain Health Innovation (Ontario), University of New Brunswick, and ServUs Health.

Employment Details:

4-month full time contract role. Starting date is as soon as possible. Gross salary per month will be $2,500.

Your activities will include:
• Identify the users through pilot partners and other means
• Execute beta testing phase
• Conduct surveys, focus groups, and interviews
• Gather and document the user feedback
• Be an advocate and collaborate with the product development team for UX
• Provide platform improvement recommendations based on the user research
• Write and improve quality of existing user guide documentation

Requirements:
• Candidate should be based in Fredericton or willing to relocate.
• Have education in engineering, health related field, business disciplines
• Demonstrate genuine interest in all three fields – technology, health care, and business
• Street smart and confident in sharing ServUs Health’s work with people
• Experience in writing and ability to demonstrate this through past work

You will be working with:
Vikram Devaguptapu, Founder of ServUs Health and Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, Chair at J Herbert Smith Centre at UNB

Apply:
Please follow the link and submit your application here – https://goo.gl/GJepZL

Or email your CV to vikram@servusapp.com

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BioNova to Unveil BioFuture 2030 an Economic Growth Plan for Nova Scotia’s Health and Life Sciences Sector

Shawni Beaulieu October 9, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY:

BioNova to Unveil BioFuture 2030 an Economic Growth Plan for Nova Scotia’s Health and Life Sciences Sector

Halifax, NS – October 9, 2018 – On Wednesday, October 10th from 11am to 12:15pm BioNova along with government officials and industry leaders will be unveiling BioFuture 2030, the first industry-led economic strategy to grow Nova Scotia’s health and life sciences sector. BioFuture 2030 leverages the expertise and resources within the sector to deliver the tools entrepreneurs need to commercialize life-changing research, attract investments, create jobs, access new markets, and improve the quality of life of Nova Scotians.

The vision of BioFuture 2030 is to achieve a connected and collaborative Health and Life Sciences community that reaches its full potential. The plan sets out a clear path for implementation and will be led by five action teams who focus on making connections, recruiting talent, improving public policies, unifying the sector’s value proposition, and building a sales culture.

 

All media are welcome and asked to Register Here

Who: BioNova – Along with government officials and industry leaders

What: BioFuture 2030 Launch Event

When: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 11am -12:15pm

Where: Life Sciences Research Institute – 1344 Summer Street

 

About BioNova:

BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop sustainable solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

www.bionova.ca

 

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For further information, media may contact:

Shana Cristoferi

Marketing Manager, BioNova

902-421-5705

scristoferi@bionova.ca

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