Meet the 3 Finalists for the 2015 New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award

Finalists chosen from the longest list of nominees to date Jenny Keleher September 29, 2015

BioNB is proud to announce the three finalists for the 2015 New Brunswick Bioscience Achievement Award. The finalists were chosen among our largest pool of nominees yet! The winner of the award will be announced at Innovation at the Station on October 2nd, 2015.

Mycodev Group

Mycodev is a shining example of what happens when an innovative technology, great team and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem meet. Incorporated at the beginning of 2013, within its first year Mycodev received its first advanced order for their medical-grade chitosan, won an INNOV8 award for Most Innovative Startup, and received federal and provincial investment to build a pilot plant in Fredericton.

Since February 2015 Mycodev has received a $500,000 investment from NBIF and added a microbiologist to the team. By September 2015 they had built a new fermentation and chitosan extraction system and are now nearly production ready. Mycodev will produce medical-grade chitosan from fermented fungus and will work with partners to produce medical products including bandages to stop bleeding.

Dr. Erik Scheme, New Brunswick Innovation Chair in Medical Devices

Dr. Erik Scheme was named the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Devices in June 2014. Dr. Scheme balances his Chair with his responsibilities as a Research Associate at UNB’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Instructor and MTME Advisor for TME, and Adjunct professor in electrical and computer engineering.

The focus of his chair is three-pronged: (1) help existing companies develop innovative technologies, (2) build the medical technologies entrepreneurial ecosystem, and (3) further integrate IBME into the entrepreneurial community.

In May 2015 he hosted “Medical Technologies in New Brunswick: Strengths and Strategies” – a well-attended industry event that focused on next steps for developing a strong medtech sector in the Atlantic region. Dr. Scheme continues to work toward the objectives of his chair through research and entrepreneurial teachings.

LaForge Bioenvironmental

Jacques LaForge and his team operate 2 anaerobic digesters on a farm site in Saint-Andre, New Brunswick. One digester has a capacity of 1,500m3 and the second a capacity of 10,000m3, both fuelled by a combination of farm waste and organic food waste from regional processors. The input is converted into heat, liquid organic fertilizer, and electrical energy that powers the site and is sold back onto the grid.

LaForge currently produces an average of 1.6 MWh of electricity per year, and serves as Complete Senergy Systems’ demonstration and testing site for new equipment and technologies. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn about past winners of the NB Bioscience Achievement Award

Click here to learn more about Innovation at the Station.


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