Emergence supports BioPort 2018 Conference: BioInnovation Challenge winner announced

November 14, 2018

BioPort 2018, Atlantic Canada’s largest health and life sciences industry conference, explored trends transforming the industry in Halifax, November 7 & 8, 2018.

BioPort_Logo_2018_eventThis year’s conference focused on The Future of Health, with sessions covering the impact of new technology on health and the value of the emerging medical cannabis market.

The annual Conference, hosted by our friends at BioNova, attracts health and life sciences innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America.


BioInnovation Challenge Finalists: Gabrielle Masone, Coloursmith Labs; Stephen Graham, Picomole; Matthew Kay, TalemHealth Analytic – with Martin Yuill, Emergence director, at BioPort in Halifax.

BioPort 2018 also showcased Atlantic Canada’s best health and life science innovators in the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) business pitch competition, which is supported by Emergence.

Picomole from Moncton, New Brunswick was named the winner of this year’s BioInnovation Challenge. 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 told us: “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.”

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 TalemHealth Analytics and Gabrielle Masone, CEO of Coloursmith Labs.


BioInnovation Challenge Junior: having fun judging were Martin Yuill, Emergence; Doris Grant, Dalhousie University; Jessie Jollymore, Hope Blooms; Wayne Crawley, Venor.

New to this year’s program was BIC Junior, a pitch competition for students that aims to cultivate the next generation of health and life sciences innovators. Emergence director, Martin Yuill, was a judge for the BIC Junior pitch competition.

This year’s conference featured two keynote speakers. Dr. Corinna Lathan, ranked as one of the ‘Top 100 World Innovators’ by MIT Technology Review, delivered the evening keynote on the impact of technology on health.

Jeremie Saunders, host of highly-acclaimed Sickboy delivered the luncheon keynote on the need for continued health innovation and MC’d the BioInnovation Junior pitch competition.


BioInnovation Junior Finalists and Judges