NEW BRUNSWICK BIOSCIENCE COMMUNITY GATHERS AT INDUSTRY EVENT TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS AND GROWTH AND TO HONOUR AWARD RECIPIENTSNames of winners to be embargoed until Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7 p.m. admin October 3, 2014
Fredericton, New Brunswick (October 3rd, 2014) – BioNB and its partners wrapped up National Biotechnology Week 2014 this evening by recognizing the achievements of three leaders in the bioscience community.
National Biotechnology Week is the nation-wide awareness week for innovation in the biosciences industry. Thanks to increased collaboration between BioNB, government, research institutions, and members of industry, bioscience has become the sector of the economy to watch in New Brunswick. 2013-2014 has seen more companies, more industry-research partnerships, more government investment, and more cross-sectoral events and meetings that are shaping the future of our province.
Since 2004, BioNB has presented the New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award annually to someone who has made an outstanding contribution toward the growth and promotion of New Brunswick’s bioscience industry. A selection committee made up of representatives from industry, academia, and funding organizations choose the award winners upon reviewing the nominations sourced from the community.
In this unprecedented year of growth and activity in the sector, the judges returned with two winners – Mr. Pat Whalen and Dr. Rodney Ouellette.
Patrick A. Whalen, P.Eng is the President and CEO of LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. LuminUltra supplies microbiological testing solutions for water-related industries. The company is headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick and sells their products worldwide. With Pat at the helm, LuminUltra has had a very successful year. Some highlights include: establishing new ASTM protocols; growth through partnerships with companies such as DOW, American Airlines, and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles; new partnerships in Europe, China, New Zealand, and Australia; and the addition of 10 new staff members.
LuminUltra Technologies has been identified as one of Atlantic Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies by Progress Magazine for six years in a row, and has received several other honours including New Brunswick Exporter of the year.
Dr. Rodney Ouellette, M.D., Ph.D. is the President and Scientific Director of the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute which he co-founded in 1998. ACRI is internationally recognized for performing world-class cancer research. Dr. Ouellette has overseen many biomedical research successes as the institution, including the development of new cancer biomarker panels for colon cancer and prostate cancer, and the establishment of genomic technologies that have placed cutting-edge tools, such as Next-Generation Sequencing, in the hands of New Brunswick biomedical researchers.
Dr. Ouellette is also the co-founder of Excipio Technologies Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of a synthetic peptide which promises to revolutionize how diseases are detected.
BioNB also presented an award of thanks to one of the organization’s most important supporters and champions, Dr. Laurent Bernier.
Dr. Bernier was the founding Executive Director of BioAtlantech in 1997. He was one of the driving forces behind the inception of BioAtlantech, now called BioNB, as the province’s bioscience agency. Laurent’s career has seen him as a researcher, publisher, entrepreneur, investor and now IP specialist with BioAmber. BioNB would like to thank Laurent for his service to the organization over the past 17 years.
The awards were the focus of BioNB’s annual networking event: “Innovation at the Station.” This cocktail event featured locally-sourced food and was attended by over 100 people including researchers, business owners, government dignitaries, and community supporters from around the province. The audience heard three presentations from members of the industry who spoke of their successes over the past year. The presenters were:
- Josée Landry, Chief of Operations at the Biorefinery Technology Scale-up Centre, Grand Falls NB;
- Fouad Dabbarh, President of BiomATCan, Fredericton, NB; and
- Jean Mamelona, VP of BioMolecules for life, Moncton, NB.
This year’s events are sponsored by clean water experts LuminUltra Technologies, the talented team at CCNB’s Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre, and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation who have honoured and funded many prominent bioscience researchers.
BioNB is the trusted bioscience authority in New Brunswick for government, industry, and media, translating and communicating the business opportunities behind the science in a highly technical sector. BioNB builds and enhances new and existing businesses, supports technology transfer from public institutions and the private sector, and works to build a community and enhance collaboration among sector stakeholders.