Bernadette Fernandes appointed as Emergence Lead Mentor, Market Access and Exporting

Emergence is pleased to announce the appointment of Bernadette Fernandes as Lead Mentor, Market Access and Exporting, effective August 30, 2021.

In this role, Bernadette will be responsible for mentoring Emergence bioscience business incubator clients in going to market and developing their export readiness strategies. Operating out of New Brunswick, Bernadette will also support companies in the scale up and preparatory work required to develop international sales, as well as the implementation of successful marketing approaches to develop an international brand and to convert target audiences into customers.

Bernadette is a seasoned professional with extensive international experience in marketing, sales, business development, operations, human resources, risk management, and corporate leadership. As the CEO and founder of The Varanda Network, a ten-year-old economic development organization, Bernadette provides business services globally for start-ups, immigrant entrepreneurs, SMEs and multi-nationals across various sectors.

A dynamic, energetic and passionate leader, Bernadette has worked in the area of international market access since 2006, with a specific focus on exporting since 2013. Having worked closely alongside BioNB, government, industry partners, and most recently academia, Bernadette is familiar with the nuances of the innovation ecosystem that allows bioscience companies to grow and thrive.

Please join us in welcoming Bernadette to the Emergence team.

Emergence is Atlantic Canada’s bioscience business incubator dedicated to assisting start-ups and growth-stage companies in efficiently bringing their products and services to market. Emergence provides companies with business incubation services including mentorship and advisory services, team mentorship program as well as access to networks and resources.

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Bio Networking Session: Lessons learned from a thousand pitches

As part of Global Biotech Week: Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, please join us for a Bio Networking Session, presented by Emergence. This session will be hosted in person and virtually and will feature a presentation by Keiretsu Forum Canada: Lessons from a thousand pitches – How to make the investment short list. This presentation will be followed by a short Q&A and networking.

Recently, Emergence became an official Network Partner of Keiretsu. Under this agreement, Keiretsu will provide access and support from their global investor network as well as a range of education and training opportunities to Emergence companies.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Sterling: President – Toronto, Keiretsu Forum Canada
  • Jason Cleaversmith: Executive Director, Incubation, PEI BioAlliance

RSVP: Register for the event
Date: Tuesday, September 28
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. ADT
In Person Location: Bedeque Ballroom, Delta Prince Edward

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RPS Biologiques receives Health Canada notifications for latest fish health product  

Emergence client RPS Biologiques Inc. is pleased to announce that its latest Veterinary Health Product (VHP), Puralyze™, recently received two notification numbers from Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD). Puralyze™ received approval in both liquid and powdered forms allowing this novel natural product to be marketed and sold in Canada. 

RPS Biologiques develops innovative biotech products with proven market potential. In 2019, the company’s natural product Supratect™ became the first VHP notified by Health Canada for use in aquatic species; an exceptional milestone that paved the way for future technologies to further enrich the  aquaculture industry with new, innovative products.

Read full story on the RPS Biologiques website.

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Emergence Incubator partners with Keiretsu Forum Canada

Emergence companies gain access to a range of education, training and investment capital opportunities

Charlottetown, PE – Emergence, Atlantic Canada’s bioscience business incubator and Keiretsu Forum Canada (Keiretsu) have entered into an agreement, making Emergence an official Network Partner of Keiretsu.

Under this agreement, Keiretsu will provide access and support from their global investor network as well as a range of education and training opportunities to both Emergence companies and the Emergence mentor team. Keiretsu will also provide Emergence companies with a potential source of investment capital, should they be accepted, while Emergence will provide Keiretsu with access to the latest high potential bioscience companies.

Emergence is Atlantic Canada’s bioscience business incubator dedicated to assisting start-ups and growth-stage companies in efficiently bringing their products and services to market. Emergence provides companies with business incubation services including mentorship and advisory services, team mentorship program as well as access to networks and resources. Emergence has more than 50 client companies from across the region in the incubator program and in 2019, these companies raised more than $200 million in capital.

“We are very pleased to partner with Keiretsu to offer this added benefit to both the companies in the incubator as well as our mentors,” said Jason Cleaversmith, Executive Director, Incubation and Infrastructure, PEI BioAlliance. “This partnership will elevate our service offering and continue to support bioscience companies in the region to thrive.”

Established in 2012, Keiretsu Forum brings together its investor members with the best investment opportunities in emerging companies from around the globe. Keiretsu Forum is the fastest growing, largest, and most active angel community in the world. It is the largest global investment network with over 50+ chapters and over 3,000 accredited private equity investors, venture capitalists, family offices and corporate/institutional investors.

“What makes Keiretsu Forum unique are partnerships such as these with the PEI-based Emergence Incubator,” said Ozan Isinak, President, Keiretsu Forum Canada. “This will clear the path for bioscience companies in Atlantic Canada to access a globally competitive early-stage eco-system while allowing our active investor base and our portfolio companies to diversify into new geographies. We look forward to building a deep relationship with the regional community.”

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Emergence clients represent more than half of semi-finalists at BioInnovation Challenge pitch event

Emergence clients will represent five out of the eight semi-finalists slots at the 2021 BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) pitch event. Hosted by BioNova, the BioInnovation Challenge is one of the longest-running business competitions in Atlantic Canada, celebrating and propelling the region’s next top innovators. This year’s BIC will be held virtually during BioNova’s annual BioPort conference, Nov. 2-5, 2021. The Emergence client finalists are: Au Naturel Solutions, Bactana Canada, Pivotal Health Sciences, Remidose Aerosols and Takaya Technology.

Both a pitch competition and business accelerator, BIC has supported the creation of over 70 new companies in the sector and distributed $465,000 in prize value since 2011. Last year’s eight BIC semi-finalists raised over $1 million in 2020, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s winner, SwiftSure Innovation, is also an Emergence client.

The eight semi-finalists will present their business ideas on November 3rd to an experienced panel of judges who represent industry and investment organizations knowledgeable about health and life sciences. Three finalists will then be selected to pitch in the finals on November 5th, with a winner to be announced that afternoon at the closing of BioPort. This year’s winner will be awarded a grand prize valued at $55,000, comprised of $25,000 in seed funding to develop their business idea and an advisory services package exceeding $30,000.

These eight semi-finalists were selected from a group of high-caliber applicants developing medical technologies, bioproducts, and natural health products with a shared focus on better health outcomes and environmental sustainability. Learn more about the entrepreneurs who will be pitching virtually on Nov. 3 during BioPort 2021:

Au Naturel Solutions Inc. — PEI (Emergence)
Simone Cormier, Founder
Specializes in the manufacturing of an all-natural materials breast prosthesis made of sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials and an innovative attaching system which does not require purchase of a specialty bra. 

Bactana Canada Corp. — PEI (Emergence)
John Kallassy, CEO
Bactana Canada Corp. uses a microbiome discovery platform to develop innovative products through use of cutting-edge molecular and DNA sequencing methods to improve animal productivity and ultimately animal protein production. Their initial product is a patented feed additive for poultry and potentially swine. 

Pivotal Health Sciences Inc. — NB (Emergence)
Craig Jackson, CEO 
Uses sustainable extraction and encapsulation technologies without the use of high energy or chemical additives to reduce the number of steps required to transform raw feedstock to high-value nano encapsulated bioactives. 

Remidose Aerosols Inc. — PEI (Emergence)
Dr. Michael Mayne, President
Manufactures medical grade devices that deliver accurate dosing of purified cannabis oil. Their three primary products are an inhaler, an oral spray, and a topical aerosol device, each of which enable rapid onset of premium bioactive cannabinoids to avoid over consumption.

Takaya Technology Inc. — NS (Emergence)
Erin MacKean, Co-founder & COO; Jennifer McFarland, Partner Development
Takaya Technology Inc. has developed a novel, medical grade N95 mask with advanced respirator seals to provide healthcare workers greater protection against COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens.

Axtion Independence Mobility Inc. — NS 
Tracey McGillivray, CEO; Liam Maaskant, CPO
Created a mobility device that combines a four-wheeled rollator walker with an elevating seat to prevent falls and enable independent recovery from a fall should one occur. 

MycoFutures North Atlantic — NL 
Stephanie Lipp, Co-founder
MycoFutures North Atlantic is developing a highly-durable mycelium-based leather alternative using the root system of fungi. This product will reduce the environmental impact of apparel and footwear manufacturing. 

Picketa Systems Inc. — NB 
Dominic Levesque, Co-founder & CTO 
Picketa Systems Inc. created a soil and plant scanning technology and software platform to log and manage user data to optimize crop fertilization.

Emergence is a proud sponsor of BIC 2021. For more information, visit bioport-2021.heysummit.com.

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Stepscan, CyberNB and UNB collaborate on pioneering gait-based biometric security

Biometric security is becoming increasingly familiar, with fingerprints and facial measurements used to unlock doors and devices not only in secure facilities, but in everyday life.

Prince Edward Island-based and Emergence client Stepscan Technologies has developed a new technique for contactless security, believed to be the world’s first solution based on analyzing an individual’s footsteps using high-resolution, pressure-sensitive flooring. They turned to CyberNB as a cybersecurity expert to capitalize on this new technique. UNB’s research experts joined CyberNB and Stepscan to build on this success and test, validate and improve their solution. Thanks to CyberNB and Fredericton’s Knowledge Park, the platform will be installed and tested in the city’s new, state-of-the-art Cyber Centre to provide real-world evaluation.

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Honibe facility expansion a win for PEI, Canadian health

Emergence client Island Abbey Foods, owners of the Honibe brand, hosted local, provincial and federal officials, members of the media, representatives from the business community and other invited guests for a milestone groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the expansion of their local Island Abbey Foods facility.

Home to the company’s honey-based specialty health products, the event featured speeches and appearances by Honibe executives and Prince Edward Island dignitaries such as Zach Bell representing the province, MP Sean Casey from the federal government, Jamie Aiken, CEO of Finance PEI, Stephanie Corbett CEO of Innovation PEI, and Wade Arsenault, CEO of CADC.

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3 reasons Emergence companies should apply for the BioInnovation Challenge

Now in its eleventh year, the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) is a pitching competition for early-stage life sciences companies in Atlantic Canada. BIC was created by BioNova to help ease the transition from research to market and recognize the significant commercialization potential of the bioscience sector in Atlantic Canada.

Last year, Emergence client Swiftsure Innovation was the winner of the BIC, and AffinityImmuno was a semi-finalist. This year’s finalists will present at BioPort 2021 in November.

Here are three reasons you should consider applying:

Access to funding
The winner of the pitch competition will be awarded $25,000 in funding to help develop their business and a $30,000 advisory services package. Since its inception in 2011, BIC has provided more than $465K in grand prize package value to accelerate start-ups.

Pitch training and business development
BIC participants receive pitching and business training to help position their company for continued growth. BIC also connects finalists with investors, the media and industry influencers. Take advantage of the spotlight and kick-start your success.

Applying is easy
Full application is available on the BioPort website. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 6, 2021. Email kmannette@bionova.ca for questions and for more information.

Emergence is a proud supporter of BIC. For more information on the program, visit their website.

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Call for Nominations: SomaDetect Board of Directors

Founded in 2016, Emergence client SomaDetect is a high-growth, technology startup in the dairy industry that is looking to add a highly experienced, farmer-first perspective to its Board of Directors. Currently operating in Canada and the US, they have a diverse and well-established Board that is committed to high-growth while role modeling integrity and impact-driven decision making at every turn.

They are seeking a new Board member who will play an important role in helping to shape their strategy now and into the future. They are specifically seeking a team-oriented individual with a genuine interest in setting up SomaDetect as a massively successful company, and a cornerstone of the global dairy data landscape.

Read more about the opportunity on the SomaDetect website. Application deadline is Friday, August 6, 2021.

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Webinar: Empowering Start-ups with World-Class Market Research

Emergence and MaRS are pleased to present Empowering Start-ups with World-Class Market Research, a webinar focused on learning more about MaRS’ market intelligence services and how they can help companies shape their growth strategies with world-class market research.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Poonam Patel and Richard Li, Market Research Analysts at MaRS, followed by a short Q&A. MaRS will cover a number of their service offerings that are supported through Emergence:

  • Research Report Service: Curation of market research resources geared towards addressing knowledge gaps
  • MaRS LeadGen: Accelerate a company’s go-to-market efforts by identifying targets and prospects in North America who align with their ideal customer profile
  • Capital Insights: Access a tailored dataset that serves to inform and strengthen their fundraising strategy

Date: Tuesday, July 20
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. ADT

Register today!

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