RPS Biologiques Announces Health Canada Approval of SupratectTM; the First Veterinary Health Product Approved for use in Finfish Aquaculture

RPS Biologiques Inc. is pleased to announce the reception of two (2) Notification Numbers from the Health Canada Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) for their Veterinary Health Products (VHP), Supratect-L and Supratect -P. The Notification Numbers indicate approval, allowing for marketing and sale of Supratect in Canada. The use of Supratect has been fully tested for the maintenance of optimal health of fish and fish eggs in finfish species. It consists of natural ingredients that are completely safe and beneficial for the target species. Supratect is the first and only current Natural fish health product to receive approval, in Canada, through the Veterinary Health Products notification program.

The President of RPS Biologiques, Dr. Subrata Chowdhury, says the objective of the company is to become a leader in developing safe, all natural, fish health products for use in the aquaculture sector. Dr. Chowdhury is a molecular biologist with wide experience in the fields of microbiology, virology, immunology and genetics. He notes that RPS Biologiques is continuing to develop additional, unique natural products for use in the animal health sector.

The testing undertaken to validate Supratect was completed, over a three-year period, mainly at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre located in St Andrews, New Brunswick. Established in 1969, Huntsman is a private, not-for-profit research and science based teaching institution whose work is recognized throughout Canada and internationally.

Paul Dick & Associates (PDA), a global consulting company, worked with RPS Biologiques and Health Canada to obtain notification for Supratect via the VHP program. The firm specializes in the development and registration of animal and human health products including veterinary biologics, veterinary drugs, feeds and natural health products.

RPS Biologiques Inc is a privately-owned Canadian company based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. A member of the PEI Bioalliance Emergence Bio-incubator.

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Dosecann hiring for 12 new positions

Emergence client Dosecann, a PEI-based Licensed Dealer developing a suite of cannabis products across a variety of delivery methods for both the medical and adult use markets, is currently hiring for 12 new positions. Positions include:

  • HR Manager
  • Analytical Scientist I
  • Warehouse Clerk
  • HR Manager
  • Analytical Scientist II
  • Analytical Scientist III
  • QC Chemist
  • Extraction Technician
  • Formulation Scientist
  • Packaging Technician
  • QA Specialist
  • QA Support – Validation/Documentation

See more details on these positions here.

Dosecann has assembled a world-class team housed in a purpose-built, 42,000 sqft. GMP compliant facility that will be the hub for cannabis extraction, product innovation and formulation.

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Ethicann Pharmaceutical Closes Successful Financing Round

Emergence clients Ethicann Pharmaceuticals, a company that sources pharmaceutical-grade botanically sourced cannaboid oils to formulate ethical drugs has closed a successful initial financing round. Several Canadian and US venture funds and high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs with considerable industry experience are the investors.

One of Ethicann’s recent milestones saw their US subsidiary holding successful Pre-IND meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration to discuss the 505(b)2 requirements for a marketing approval for its first product (CAN-001) to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

For more details on the company and their latest achievement, click here..

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Avivagen pursuing opportunities for combining OxC-beta with Cannabis products

Avivagen has been analyzing opportunities to combine their propietary product OxC-betaTM with licensed cannabis products and they believe there are various combinations that could result in new products for the company. For the full news release, click here.

“We are enthusiastic about working with leading edge cannabis companies and participating in their development of a line of products which incorporate our unique OxC-beta™ technology,” says Kym Anthony, Chairman and Interim CEO, Avivagen. “We have been vocal advocates for the benefits of new product categories and look forward to collaborating with these large, well-resourced and innovative companies to bring these innovative products to the worldwide market, where appropriate.”

About Avivagen
Avivagen is a life sciences corporation focused on developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications that, by safely supporting immune function, promote general health and performance.  It is a public corporation traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol VIV and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, based in partnership facilities of the National Research Council of Canada and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit www.avivagen.com.

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SomaDetect Chosen for Global Business Accelerator

Emergence client SomaDetect will join other innovators to be part of the 2019 Pearse Lyons Accelerator. In its third year, this Accelerator received 250 applications worldwide and SomaDetect was among only 10 startups chosen. Together they offer a glimpse of what the future of farming will be. See the full list here. These startups will gain access to expertise, funding, networking, presentation and mentorship opportunities that will boost their global success.

This good news adds to their growing list of achievements that include receiving $1M US as the top startup in the Buffalo-based 43North accelerator’s 2017 cohort and, in 2018, investment from the Dairy Farmers of America which represents almost 15,000 farmers. For a full list of achievement, read their news here.

Read more about the Pearse Lyons Accelerator here.

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We Welcome Active AgriScience

Emergence welcomes its latest client Active AgriScience to Canada’s bioscience incubator program!


Active AgriScience
is an award-winning leading global manufacturer of innovative foliar nutrition products developed to solve grower’s problems and to increase production yields.

Their ground-breaking research conducted by network of laboratories combined with independent third-party verification of efficacy allows growers to improve production, quality, and profits while reducing the impact on the environment.

Headquartered in Abbotsford, BC with manufacturing facilities in Canada and the USA, Active AgriScience exports its products to Asia, Australia, Europe, and across North America. The company’s patented bioactive molecule Intrinsic® offers numerous benefits through each stage of the plant growth cycle. Offering a complete nutritional system for Field Crops, Hydroponic and Organic growers, our key products include Active Prime™, Active Build™, Active Flower™, Active Complete™, Active InFurrow™, and Active Konnect™. More product details here.

Active AgriScience has also developed dual action nitrogen management technology in the form of ARM U™ and ARM U™ ADVANCED. These fertilizer additives when treated to urea drastically enhance plant’s ability to absorb and utilize up to 95% of the available nitrogen, which otherwise, if untreated, volatilizes by as much as 50% through conversion of nitrogen to ammonia gas or leaches into the ground water through nitrification.

Watch their video to learn more:

Meet their team.

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SomaDetect nominated for 2019 Manning Innovation Awards

Emergence client SomaDetect has been nominated for the 2019 Manning Innovation Awards. The Manning Awards showcases Canada’s leading innovative thinkers and leaders.

SomaDetect is an in-line sensor that measures every critical indicator of dairy quality (fat, protein, somatic cell counts, progesterone, and antibiotics) from every cow at every milking. It uses no consumables (no chemicals, no cartridges, no lost milk), is extremely quick (results in seconds, not minutes), and accurate.

There are four awards from $100,000 to $10,000: Principal Award, Award of Distinction, and two Innovation Awards.

The Manning Awards are named after Earnest C. Manning, former premier of Alberta. He believed in recognizing the intelligence of the common person. The program recognizes Canadians who aspire to “do good for the common good” as this was Manning’s core principle for his own life. Read more here. You can check out former winners here.

We’re behind you and cheering you on!

To learn more about SomaDetect, watch their video:

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Emergence to participate on Mentorship Matters Panel

Emergence is pleased to be participating on a panel in the upcoming Mentorship Matters event organized by Island Advance on Friday morning, March 8th, 2019, at Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. The theme is how mentorship can help start and grow your business. Rory Francis will present the Emergence/MIT model during the panel focused on “Mentoring to Advance: an overview of mentorship programs available in PEI.” For more details on the event, click here.

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Dosecann to add 32 new jobs within next two years

Dosecann CEO Greg Boone (Photo courtesy of CBC)

Emergence client Dosecann, a cannabis oil extraction company in Charlottetown, has plans to add 32 new employees over the next two years which will more than double their team. The PEI Government will offer them labour rebates to support this expansion. CEO Greg Boone says it will allow them to ramp up their team more quickly and be ready with a well-trained team when they enter the production phase.

To read press coverage, please see links below:

Government of PEI news story here:

“It is with great pride that Dosecann calls Charlottetown, PEI, home and the support that we have received from the Province has been instrumental to our success to date. We would like to sincerely thank the Province, Innovation PEI and Skills PEI who have supported our dream of building a world class cannabis company and, on a personal note, for making me feel like an ‘honorary Islander’.”  (CEO Greg Boone)

CBC News story here:

“It probably allows us to bring new people on more quickly,” said Greg Boone, chief executive officer of Dosecann. “And what that does is it really allows us to train them properly, orient them properly and get them up to speed more quickly so that when we go into production, they know exactly what’s happening and what’s going on and where they are supposed to be.”

Dosecann is a Canadian cannabis company dedicated to developing Cannabis Solutions for the global cannabis industry. Proudly located in Charlottetown, PEI, Dosecann has assembled a world-class team housed in a purpose-built, 42,000 sqft GMP compliant facility that will be the hub for cannabis extraction, product innovation and formulation, R&D, quality testing and manufacturing.

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Emergence client, SomaDetect, secures investment from DFA

Companies around the globe are leveraging innovative technologies and artificial intelligence to make more informed decisions and better run their businesses..

Recently, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., announced an investment in Emergence client, SomaDetect, a dairy technology startup that will help farmers utilize artificial intelligence to more closely monitor the health of their herd and improve milk quality.

SomaDetect is a dairy technology startup that uses real-time analytics to improve milk quality.

“This is a potentially game-changing technology for our farmers and the industry as it allows dairy farmers to know the health of each cow and quality of milk in real time. With access to better data, our farmers can make more knowledgeable decisions, which is a huge value.”

David Darr, president, farm services at DFA
SomaDetect CEO, Bethany Deshpande, presents at the 2017 Ag Innovation Challenge in Missouri

With SomaDetect’s technology, farmers can easily evaluate components of interest in raw milk, including fat, protein, somatic cells, progesterone and trace antibiotics.

While the technology continues to be refined for commercialization, the platform provides cost-effective, instant analysis, which enables farmers to make rapid and proactive decisions related to the overall health and management of their cows.

SomaDetect recently completed the 2018 Sprint Accelerator program, which is also sponsored by DFA. The Accelerator is a 90-day, immersive program that helps accelerate and grow startup businesses.

SomaDetect CEO, Bethany Deshpande

“DFA and their members have been a great mentor and partner for us, and we’re excited to continue working with them to help bring the SomaDetect platform to dairy farmers across the country.

Dairy farmers have been our greatest teachers and allies throughout the development of our company and technology, and our goal is to show them the same care they show their herd.”

Bethany Deshpande, Founder and CEO at SomaDetect
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