Emergence client, Chinova Bioworks, adds to their team

Chinova Bioworks, a Fredericton, New Brunswick-based client of the Emergence program, is in the business of making foods, beverage and cosmetics safer and healthier. In November we reported: “Emergence clients are growing – AND HIRING!

chinova_logo_1-2-7-printOne of those clients was Chinova. (See also: Emergence client profiled by University of Alberta; and Emergence client, Chinova Bioworks co-founder “named among Canada’s top emerging innovators”.)

Happily, Chinova has since recruited two new team membersAlyssa Brewer, MSc, and Emma Matchett, MSc.

emmaAlyssa Brewer (left) has a Bachelors of Science in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, and went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Chemistry from Queen’s University.

Alyssa’s background is in chemical/biological processes, and her experience in the pharmaceutical and personal care field is a major asset to Chinova. Alyssa joins Chinova Bioworks as a Process Development Researcher.

AlyssaEmma Matchett (right) completed her Bachelors of Science with honours at the University of New Brunswick, and went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Developmental Biology.

Emma brings to Chinova a great amount of expertise in microbiology and molecular biology, and will allow the company to expedite development of its key product. Emma joins Chinova Bioworks as a Microbiology Supervisor.

Chinova was supported with these hires through the Youth Employment Program (YEP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

About Chinova

Chinova Bioworks is a foodtech company developing a new natural and healthy preservative ingredient for use in foods, beverages, cosmetics and personal care items. The company has developed technology that uses a natural fiber from mushrooms, chitosan, to make a broad-spectrum preservative that protects products from spoilage all while being healthy to the consumer.

 

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Emergence client, Canada’s Island Garden, signs agreement with PEI for supply of cannabis

Charlottetown-based Emergence client, Canada’s Island Garden has promised to deliver recreational cannabis to Islanders in a safe and strictly controlled manner.

CIG-logo-227X160Canada’s Island Garden is one of three companies that have entered into an agreement to supply the P.E.I. government with legal and regulated marijuana. The others are Moncton, New Brunswick-based OrganiGram, and Canopy Growth Corp. out of Smiths Falls, Ontario

Edwin Jewell, president of Canada’s Island Garden, told us that the company has recently had its licence amended in order to allow for the production of cannabis oil.

The company has purchased and installed an oil extraction lab from another Emergence client, Advanced Extraction Systems, a subsidiary of Diversified Metal Engineering.

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Edwin Jewell

This is a huge step for our company, and it has been great to work alongside another Island-based company to follow this process through to completion,’’ Jewell said.

Oil extracts are a very important component of the cannabis market. Our current clients are patiently waiting for our oil products to become available, and we look forward to providing them with an alternative to flowered product soon.’’

Along with this, Jewell said that for the upcoming recreational market, CIG will provide customers who wish to stay away from smoking a viable alternative for consuming cannabis.

He said there are also many other oil-based product alternatives that they are excited to explore down the road as the recreational industry progresses.

As we move ahead, we will continue to improve our company in order to meet the demands of our existing clients as well as the incoming recreational market.’’

In terms of a recent announcement, adults will be able to possess up to 30 g of dried cannabis or the equivalent in Prince Edward Island when it becomes legal for recreational purposes.

Teens under 19 are prohibited from possessing any cannabis, and there will be four government-run stores on the island.

In setting direction on cannabis, our focus remains on getting rid of the illegal market, ensuring Islanders are making an informed choice, and protecting the public health and safety of Islanders,” said finance minister Heath MacDonald.

“This is a major project that involves or impacts almost every department of government, and we continue to work with our key partners and Islanders to ensure that the decisions we make are in the best interests of the entire province.”

The legislators also announced plans for preventing cannabis-impaired driving, regulating cannabis transport and providing health and safety education:

  • Driving: create a summary offense in cases of impaired driving with a minor, with potential for increasing penalties, and strengthening impaired driving suspensions.
  • Transporting: cannabis must be in unopened packages, secure and inaccessible to anyone in a vehicle.
  • Education: public health and safety campaigns are underway.

To find out more, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/cannabis.

 

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Emergence client, SomaDetect, “is the innovation that makes the impossible possible“ – CanInnovate

In a January 2018 Podcast entitled: “SomaDetect is the innovation that makes the impossible possible“, CanInnovate features an interview with Emergence client, Bethany Deshpande, the CEO of New Brunswick-based SomaDetect – a dairy technology startup measuring milk quality and cow health. You can check out the full Podcast here!SomaDetect Logo

The main take-aways from Bethany:

  • “Entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint.
  • Startups are calculus not statistics
  • When you are startup, it really doesn’t matter what the average is. It’s about your own decisions and your own numbers. That’s what drives your business.
  • The precise amount of number is so much important than the average.
  • There is a better milk in every cow at every milking.”

Drawing on the full resources of Emergence, SomaDetect has seen their first year in business catapult them into the international spotlight.

“Working with an incubator program like Emergence has enabled us to draw upon the expertise and valuable mentorship of others who have been there and done that,” says SomaDetect Founder and CEO, Bethany Deshpande.

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SomaDetect CEO, Bethany Deshpande

“This has been crucial to keeping us focused on the issues important to our commercialization ‘critical path’, while access to funding when we needed it most helped us to optimize the development of our prototype, and accelerate our path to market.”

SomaDetect has announced that it will launch its business in the US with a new office and pilot program with 10 dairy farms in the State of New York in early 2018.

The venture’s decision to locate in New York state follows the company winning first place and the $1-million prize at the 43North competition in Buffalo. It also includes office space and mentorship at 43North’s incubator. As a condition of the win SomaDetect has to move a substantial portion of their business to Buffalo for at least one year.

“The reason that we applied for 43North, in the beginning, is we saw it as a fantastic opportunity for a soft landing,” Deshpande recently told Huddle.

Deshpande says that the move to New York will allow the venture to “gain some of those really key resources as we expand our business.”

 

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Emergence client, SomaDetect, “brings transparency to dairy farms” – Dairy Reporter

In a December 2017 article entitled: “SomaDetect technology brings transparency to dairy farms“, DairyReporter.com reports that Emergence client, New Brunswick-based SomaDetect – a dairy technology startup measuring milk quality and cow health – will launch its business in the US with a new office and pilot program with 10 dairy farms in the State of New York in early January 2018.

SomaDetect LogoYou can view the full article here!

SomaDetect has developed an innovative herd health solution for the global dairy industry, which involves new advanced technology that detects the presence of progesterone, protein, fat trace antibiotics and somatic cell counts in raw milk without the need for reagents or consumables. Using this technology, farmers will be able to monitor the reproductive status and health of their herd, and ensure high quality milk for consumers.

Drawing on the full resources of Emergence, SomaDetect has seen their first year in business catapult them into the international spotlight.

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SomaDetect CEO, Bethany Deshpande

“Working with an incubator program like Emergence has enabled us to draw upon the expertise and valuable mentorship of others who have been there and done that,” says SomaDetect Founder and CEO, Bethany Deshpande.

“This has been crucial to keeping us focused on the issues important to our commercialization ‘critical path’, while access to funding when we needed it most helped us to optimize the development of our prototype, and accelerate our path to market.”

The startup’s decision to locate in New York state follows the company winning first place and the $1-million prize at the 43North competition in Buffalo. It also includes office space and mentorship at 43North’s incubator. As a condition of the win SomaDetect has to move a substantial portion of their business to Buffalo for at least one year.

“The reason that we applied for 43North, in the beginning, is we saw it as a fantastic opportunity for a soft landing,” Deshpande recently told Huddle, the online site that “tells the stories of the creative, innovative and interesting entrepreneurs working in New Brunswick and throughout the Maritimes“. You can read the full Huddle article here!

Deshpande says that the move to New York will allow the venture to open their first U.S. office and “gain some of those really key resources as we expand our business.”

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Emergence client, Nautilus Biosciences Canada Inc, acquired by Croda International Plc.

Emergence client, Nautilus Biosciences Canada Inc (Nautilus), a technology-rich marine biotechnology company based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, has been acquired by Croda International Plc, a listed UK company that creates, makes and sells speciality chemicals.

NNautilus was founded in 2007 by Professor Russell Kerr to focus on using marine microbial  biodiversity to discover novel actives and materials.

Through this acquisition and the associated patents, Croda will utilise this innovative science for applications across all its market sectors.

Croda and Nautilus already have a proven history of successful collaboration, having worked closely together for the past six years developing specific applications for skin care and hair care, as well as crop care.

corplogoCroda intends to establish Nautilus as a Croda Centre of Innovation for Marine Biotechnology at Nautilus’ existing base at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Croda told us: “This location is ideal for biotechnology research and has already attracted and facilitated partnerships with many other biotechnology-based companies. Nautilus has exclusive global access to the Marine Microbial Library which is based at the University of Prince Edward Island.”

Steve Foots, Chief Executive of Croda, said: “This is another clear example of how sustainable innovation is underpinning our growth plans. With Nautilus as part of the Croda Group, we further expand our expertise in biotechnology; the Nautilus team that will join us have extensive knowledge and expertise in marine biotechnology, also known as “blue biotechnology”. We will be able to bring new, patented products to market, alongside our already well-known green and white biotechnology ingredients, giving us the full spectrum of capabilities within this field of science.

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Professor Russ Kerr

Professor Russell Kerr, Founder of Nautilus, says: “We have enjoyed a very positive and collaborative relationship with both Croda and the University of Prince Edward Island for a number of years and have always been impressed with Croda’s drive to develop the opportunities from marine biotechnology.

“Becoming part of the Croda group will provide Nautilus the resources and support to establish a key centre for the research and development of marine-derived natural products, as well as providing Croda new products for commercial success.

About Croda

Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s biggest and most successful brands: creating, making and selling speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. They have a network of over 4,200 passionate and committed employees, working together as one global team across manufacturing sites and offices in 36 countries. Croda is a FTSE100 company with a flexible structure that allows them to focus on developing and delivering innovative, sustainable ingredients that their customers can build on in: Personal Care, Health Care, Crop Care, Polymer Additives, Lubricants, Coatings & Polymers, Geo Tech, Home Care and Industrial Specialities. http://www.croda.com/

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Two Emergence clients selected for Fierce Founders Bootcamp

Twenty-five women entrepreneurs entered the 2018 Communitech Fierce Founders bootcamp this week. The bootcamp helps early-stage founders develop their business models, collaborate with mentors, and learn to pitch. The two-part bootcamp hosts female prepares them for Pitch Day, Feb. 15, 2018, where they compete to win up to $100,000.

EmergenceLogoTwo of the 25 – Natasha Dhayagude, co-founder and CEO of Chinova Bioworks (from Fredericton, New Brunswick) and Lisa Pfister, founder and CEO of Pfera (also from New Brunswick) – are clients of Emergence.

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Lisa Pfister, Pfera

Lisa Pfister, a recent engineering graduate from New Brunswick has launched her startup, Pfera, with the goal to make equine reproduction management easier, cheaper and healthier for the horses. Lisa says she’s benefitted from the in-depth mentorship she has received from Emergence.

See also: Emergence client, Pfera Inc., wins the seventh annual BioInnovation Challenge

Natasha Dhayagude has a biochemistry degree from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and learnt business skills at Planet Hatch in Fredericton. As CEO of Chinova she gets to mix both of her passions, science and business.

Read more about Chinova here!  See also: Emergence client, Chinova Bioworks, selected for Terra: the San Francisco-based Food + Ag Accelerator and Emergence client profiled by University of Alberta

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Natasha Dhayagude, Chinova Bioworks

“This is a strong group of women from all over North America running unique businesses, from a shared marketplace for parents, to an immigration assistant that incorporates artificial intelligence,” said Kelly McGregor, Fierce Founders program manager at Communitech. “We’re already impressed with them and can’t wait to see how they grow as business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

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The Fierce Founders 2018 Cohort!

In 2017, Fierce Founders was won by another Emergence client, Fredericton, New Brunswick-based SomaDetect, which shared the $100,000 in prize money with Furnishr from New York.

 

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Emergence client, Stepscan Technologies Inc., exhibits at Canada Pavilion in Florida

EmerGence client, Charlottetown, PEI-based Stepscan Technologies Inc. exhibited on the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) Canadian Pavilion at the Inter-service/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), held in Orlando, Florida,  November 27 to December 1, 2017.

Stepscan technologies logo[1]StepScan also used the opportunity to announce their membership of ACADA.

With approximately 200 members, ACADA is a collaborative organization representing the interests of the aerospace, defence, marine and security industries in Atlantic Canada. For over a decade, they have promoted and facilitated the growth of their members by focusing on advocacy, collaboration, promotion, business development, supply chain engagement, SME development, innovation, and commercialization.

“Due to growing interest in Stepscan’s technology for position tracking in simulated training, we sought to further understand this market opportunity. We feel ACADA can help because of their reputation for supporting the Atlantic Canada brand,” Crystal Trevors, CEO and President of Stepscan, told us.

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Stepscan® software can generate detailed Gait, Pressure and Balance Reports.

Stepscan is a federally incorporated technology company that manufactures the Stepscan® Gait Analysis flooring system – a patented pressure sensitive electronic floor tile system and footprint tracking software.

Stepscan® is designed to capture and analyze the walking patterns and balance of subjects as they move across the floor, measuring parameters such as underfoot pressure distribution, stride and speed of movement.

Sold as a medical device in North America, Australia, and China, the technology is used in the assessment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from mobility impairing conditions (i.e. Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Concussions, Arthritis, etc.). However, the technology has exciting additional applications including in the fields of health research, simulated training for the military, sports training and biometric security.

Stepscan’s vision is to be the leading innovator, developer, and provider of movement tracking and gait analysis technology in both the medical and security & defence sectors, the world over.

Follow StepScan on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stepscan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stepscan

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjeuQIINsrEcozxjvsgse8w

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2399769/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stepscan/?hl=en

 

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