Chinova Bioworks Co-founder David Brown Awarded 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award

Jenny Keleher May 5, 2017

Press Release


[Fredericton, May 5, 2017] – Earlier this morning in Ottawa the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency David Johnston, announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards, and our COO David Brown is one of them!

David, along with 5 other innovative Canadians, was chosen for these prestigious awards by the Governor General and a selection committee comprised of distinguished individuals with expertise in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

The award ceremony will take place May 23rd at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The following day the Public Policy Forum of Canada is hosting a panel discussion on innovation in Canada.

David is a passionate and energetic scientist with a long list of innovations. His accomplishments include winning the iGEM championships at MIT in 2013, co-founding the biotechnology company Mycodev Group, co-founding the foodtech company Tudo, and recently co-founding the biotech company Chinova Bioworks. He has received patents for his inventions, authored scientific journal papers, and won multiple awards for innovation and startups.

In 2016 David started the initial research on what is now Chinova Bioworks. For him the research and development of natural preservative ingredients was important work given the health implications of the rampant use of synthetic preservatives in foods, beverages and cosmetics.

During David’s work he has sited many different groups as being crucial supporters including, Futurpreneur, BioNB, NBIF, ONB, the University of Alberta, the iGEM foundation, Ignite Fredericton, the Pond Deshpande Foundation, and the National Research Council of Canada.

David’s passion for innovation is driven by his aspirations of making an impact on society through biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

We’re very glad to have him as our co-founder and COO at Chinova Bioworks, and want to congratulate him on being awarded this honor!


Natasha Dhayagude, CEO


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