Emergence delivers expanded Market Intelligence Service

Emergence offers an expanded Market Intelligence Service (MIS) to clients of our incubation program.

MIS is a core pillar of support offered to clients of the Emergence program. It is designed to provide access to critical market intelligence to innovative bioscience and food companies in order to help move their businesses forward.

MARSDDThrough this partnership with MaRS in Toronto, Emergence clients have access to thousands of reports covering key technology clusters from global research firms such as Frost & Sullivan, GlobalData, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Lux Research.

Normally this type of data and research can cost tens of thousands of Dollars. As a client of Emergence, however, we are able to provide this Market Research to you for FREE!!

Taking advantage of the Market Intelligence Service means that Emergence clients have access to top tier research reports as well as expert analysts with industry knowledge of the Bioscience, Health, Cleantech and IT sectors.

The MIS is designed to help start-up and growing SMEs answer questions about market segmentation, size of market, growth rates, types of business models, purchasing habits, demographic data, customer segmentations, and industry trends. This information can be helpful in preparing investor presentations, a launch strategy, MVP planning, Business plan prep, and foreign market entry strategies.

Snapshot of the Market Intelligence Service:

  • Where is the research from: MaRS pulls market research reports published by vendors such as BCC Research, GlobalData, CB Insights, eMarketer Inc., Lux Research., and many more.
  • What’s included: Three market intelligence requests completed by the market research team at MaRS; an initial request to MaRS and then up to two follow-up requests for clarification and further questions.
  • How much does it cost: Normally this type of access to data and research can cost tens of thousands of Dollars. As a client of Emergence we are able to provide this Market Research process to you for FREE!!
  • Eligibility: To take advantage of this pillar of the Emergence program, clients must be a Canadian Startup with under $1M in revenue in the past fiscal year and have less than $5M raised in private investment.

For more information on how to take advantage of the MIS service, please CLICK HERE or contact Eddie Francis at edward@peibioalliance.com or by phone at 902.367.4400.

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Dr. Mark Redmond appointed Director of Incubation Services

Dr. Mark Redmond

The Prince Edward Island BioAlliance has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Redmond as Director of Incubation Services for the Emergence Incubator.

Mark will work to expand Emergence’s impact on new ventures, support entrepreneurs and cultivate strong networks across the region and across Canada.

Mark has a broad range of expertise that will enable him to excel in this role. With a PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology, he has experience as a medical researcher, intellectual property manager, senior health system administrator, education leader and entrepreneur.

“I think one of my greatest strengths is as a systems thinker—someone who sees the opportunity behind issues and challenges,” said Mark Redmond. “I’m looking forward to working with our innovators and partners to help us achieve our respective goals and further grow the bio-economy in Atlantic Canada, seizing the opportunities for today and for our future.”

Born in Liverpool, England, Mark brings to our community a portfolio of technical experience ranging from human health and veterinary medicine to biochemicals, from botanical and marine sources to sensors and devices, and from remote application monitoring to manufacturing and systems’ simulation.

Mark developed his own research into global business success: launched more than 20 new, patent-protected products, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices, in Canadian, American, European, Australian and Japanese markets. In recognition of this work, he received the Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award, the BioAlberta Entrepreneur of the Year title, and a nomination as Ernst & Young Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year.

To support talented entrepreneurs and enterprise, Mark co-founded The A100, a self-funding community of seasoned founders and executives who led technology companies. The A100 focuses on having the entrepreneur develop the full potential of the businessperson, not just the business.

Rory Francis, BioAlliance CEO said, “I am pleased to welcome Mark to Emergence. Mark’s impressive scientific background, private sector experience with startups, capital formation and IPOs, along with his experience in the academic world, will be very valuable to us and our partners as we continue our mission of incubating early stage bio-based companies across Atlantic Canada and growing the bioscience cluster.”

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Founder Dr. Ann Gordon wins $50,000 Spark Nova Scotia Award

Emergence client & founder Dr. Ann Gordon of Dr. Gordon’s Bum Cream recently won $50,000 Spark Nova Scotia Award. SPARK is a province-wide competition for early stage technology companies across Nova Scotia. Dr. Ann Gordon’s cream treats a painful skin rash, Intertrigo, which affects many long-term care patients.

More about Spark Awards:

SPARK winners receive up to $50,000 and guidance from seasoned business professionals to put their ideas into action. The goal of SPARK is to find and support high potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity across the province.

SPARK 2019 covered three geographic regions covering greater Nova Scotia — Cape Breton, NS North and NS South West, with three competitions running simultaneously. Each region operates independently, with its own applicant pool, judging committee and award funding.

Spark Nova Scotia focuses on startups in grassroots communities that are doing amazing things, but aren’t always noticed.

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Torigen Founder Ashley Kalinauskas makes Forbes List

Emergence client Torigen’s Founder Ashley Kalinauskas makes Forbes List “The 2020 Science – 30 under 30”.

Kalinauskas’ company, Torigen Pharmaceuticals, has developed an affordable veterinary cancer treatment, VetiVax, and make it available commercially. The treatment is a personalized immunotherapy, where cells from a tumor in an animal can be combined with an extracellular matrix that enables the animal’s own immune system to attack the cancer. Nearly 700 animals have been treated by VetiVax to date.” Photo and excerpt from Forbes Magazine

Read about the Torigen story here.


Check out the list of all 30 under 30 in Science 2020 here.

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Companies can access up to $7000 in Co-op Wage Subsidies

BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM or business and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Gain access to funds to hire co-op students
  • Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs

Program description

The program’s co-op wage subsidies help knock down that cost barrier, by covering the cost of a co-op student’s salary by 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups including:

  • Women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Indigenous students
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Newcomers

The program enables you to bring on an eager-to-learn student for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to your company who could meet your future recruiting needs.

Spots Available Apply Now! @ biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds

Posted in Careers, Jobs

Chinova Bioworks Launches First Products: CHIBER for Dairy and CHIBER for Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives 

Emergence client Chinova Bioworks issued a news release this week about the launch of their two new products.

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency when it comes to the ingredients in their food and beverage products and ingredient producers are lagging behind when it comes to preservatives. With Chinova’s novel white button mushroom extract technology, they have developed a natural, clean-label antimicrobial shelf life extender specifically for dairy and plant-based alternative dairy products. These applications include dairy cottage cheese, yogurt, butter, cream cheese, sour cream and their almond, cashew, coconut and other plant based alternatives. 

Chinova has launched two new products – one specifically for dairy applications and one for plant-based alternative dairy applications. These were developed to target the most common spoilage microorganisms in each category. These products are specifically designed to replace the current preservatives on the market today with a natural, clean-label alternative. Chiber does not have any sensory or taste impact on these product applications and is Vegan and Kosher certified. 

“Clients in these categories have been searching for a natural, clean-label alternative to the current preservatives on the market but have not been able to find a good solution. With Chinova’s CHIBER mushroom extract preservative we are not only giving clients and consumers a cleaner-label we are also extremely effective against yeast and mold microorganisms, and in certain products tested we can extend the shelf-life weeks beyond what was ever possible before.” -Natasha Dhayagude, CEO. 

Chinova will be officially launching both these products at SupplySide West in Las Vegas on October 17th and interested clients can booth 2711 and request a sample today. 

About Chinova 

Chinova Bioworks is a Canadian company that addresses the growing consumer
demand for healthy, natural, clean-label ingredients, while providing producers with an effective solution that ensures food safety, shelf life, and the overall quality of the
product. The company has developed an innovative preservative based on an ingredient extracted from white button mushrooms called chitosan. This technology offers broad-spectrum protection against all types of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, and mold), is easy to use, and has no organoleptic impact, all at a competitive price point. 

To learn more details about these new products, please contact: Natasha Dhayagude, CEO NatashaD@chinovabioworks.com  and visit Chinovabioworks.com 

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Picomole seeking Network Administrator

Emergence client – Picomole Inc. is an innovative medical technology company based in Moncton, New Brunswick.  With its patented breath analysis technology, its team of professionals is developing a breath test for lung cancer screening and researching additional non-invasive diagnostic tests. Picomole is currently seeking a knowledgeable IT professional who would be excited to join a team of highly skilled individuals who are passionate about creating this revolutionary medical technology.

The Network Administrator will establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), network security strategies, computer and network hardware, and related computer equipment; set-up and maintain internet and intranet websites and web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity, security and performance.

Full job description and instructions for applying here.

Posted in Careers, Jobs

Six New Companies have Joined Emergence

Emergence is pleased to welcome six new companies to the Emergence community:

  • Atlantic Sea Cucumber– They process wild cucumber caught from coastal waters off Nova Scotia – website
  • CNS Contract Research– They offer unique animal models that more accurately reflect the progression of neurological disease in humans. Designed to be a preferred provider of pre-clinical contract research, their team functions as an independent extension of your pre-clinical process.website
  • Dr. A.K. Gordon – Dr. Gordon has developed a fast-acting, complex compounded skin cream to treat infectious or non-infectious Candidal Intertrigo, an inflammatory skin rash that occurs when skin contacts moisture.
  • Finnessiam– They produce natural products for people and pets – website
  • NewWave Pharmaceuticals– Their goal is to bring agriculture technologies to the aquaculture industry to improve the environmental impact of medications in the aquaculture industry, and improve the health and animal welfare of fish.
  • PhotoDynamic – Their product uses botanical science and light to prevent colonization and build up of plaque and tartar before it causes problems – website

Emergence clients can take advantage of established business and funding networks as well as specialized advisors who can help identify their critical path, bridge any gaps, and prepare products for market. To learn more about joining Emergence, please click here.

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Emergence Client Job Postings

Emergence client companies are advertising the following career opportunities:

  • Dosecann: Director of Finance, Project Engineer, QC Chemist, Product Developer – Food Scientist, Lead Extraction Technician, Extraction Technician, Packaging Technician, Procurement & Inventory Lead, Lead Technician – Vape, Chocolates, Capsules – view postings
  • FIGR: Irrigation Technician, Production Workers – view postings
  • Island Abbey Foods: Quality Systems Coordinator – view posting
  • MicroSintesis: Fermentation Research Assistant, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Technician – view postings
  • Noblegen: Account Manager, Business Development Lead, General Lab Technician, Senior Scientist-Cell Biology, Senior Scientist-Food Science, Fermentation Manufacturing Technician-Plant Operator – view postings
  • Red Earth Cannabis: Quality Assurance Manager, Human Resources Manager – view postings
  • Somru Bioscience: Research Technician, Patent Support Assistant – view postings

If you would like to promote your career opportunities through Emergence, please send your job posting to jennifer@emergencebioincubator.com.

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Three Emergence Clients Semi-Finalists in BioInnovation Challenge

Three Emergence clients are semi-finalists in the BioInnovation Challenge that will be hosted by BioNova at BioPort 2019, Nov. 5-6, at Pier 21 in Halifax. AffinityImmuno, Dr. A.K. Gordon and FieldEtect will be among eight semi-finalists vying to win $25,000 in seed funding and a $30,000 advisory services package to develop their business idea.

Emergence Semi-Finalists:

  • AffinityImmuno Inc., Jonathan Zuccolo, P.E.I. – AffinityImmuno is a platform for rapid drug lead discovery using the chicken immune system.
  • Dr. A.K. Gordon’s Cream, Ann Gordon, Nova Scotia – Gordon has developed a fast-acting, complex compounded skin cream to treat infectious or non-infectious Candidal Intertrigo, an inflammatory skin rash that occurs when skin contacts moisture.
  • Fieldetect Inc., Andrew Trivett, William Whalen, P.E.I. – FieldLAMP is a “point-of-care” agricultural and environmental pathogen detection tool that eliminates the need for laboratory analysis when making treatment decisions based on the detection of pathogens.

Emergence is proud to be a sponsor of BioPort 2019 and we look forward to taking part in this conference featuring Trailblazers of Health and Life Sciences. We wish our Emergence clients all the best in the 9th Annual BioInnovation Challenge. Full news release here.

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