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  and visit 

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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.

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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
  • 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

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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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Emergence a KickStart Sponsor for Funding Founders/NACO Atlantic 2019

Invest Atlantic and NACO will jointly present Funding Founders and the NACO Atlantic Summit 2019 in Halifax, September 16th – 18th. This two-track conference will bring together early-stage investors and high potential founders and Emergence is proud to be a KickStart Sponsor.

Founders and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn how to leverage non-dilutive funds, while optimizing dilutive funding to accelerate growth, keeping more equity in hand.

Funders will have the opportunity to explain their role in Atlantic Canada’s financing landscape while showcasing their products and services to startups, founders, entrepreneurs, researchers, mentors, post-secondary students, and other funders & partners.

Emergence Business Development Officer Edward Francis will be attending this premiere Atlantic conference. Please make sure to connect with him.

Check out the full program here.

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SomaDetect raises USD$2M in Seed Investment and Plans Data Collection Expansion

SomaDetect CEO Bethany Deshpande

Emergence Client SomaDetect, a milk quality and dairy data company, have completed their USD$2M seed funding round with investments from New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), the Western New York Impact Investment Fund (WNYIIF), and New York Ventures. The investment follows previous Seed Investments from Cavallo Ventures, Dairy Farmers of America, Builders VC, and iGan Partners.

“We are incredibly excited and honoured to receive this investment from WNYIIF, NBIF, New York Ventures and all of our investors. Our company is growing and advancing thanks to their support, and strong support from the dairy industry,” said Bethany Deshpande, CEO of SomaDetect.

“Their investment will help build and grow our company as we expand to collect thousands of data points from farms in North America. It will help us build algorithms that matter for dairy farmers,” said Deshpande.

Founded in New Brunswick Canada in 2016, SomaDetect has designed and produced an in-line sensor that combined with deep learning algorithm and visualization software it measures critical indicators of quality and health (fat, protein, somatic cell counts, and progesterone) from every cow at every milking.

SomaDetect is working with dairy farmers and industry partners across North America to enhance the sensor technology and build deep learning algorithms to provide dairy farmers with actionable data to help manage their operations, including several aspects of milk quality and herd health.

Read full news release here.

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Halibut PEI receives $1M in funding to boost Innovation and Productivity

Emergence client Halibut PEI in Victoria, PEI, has received $1M through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund. This funding will help them establish a reliable supply chain to support the development of a viable halibut aquaculture industry. The project funding will support research and development into husbandry techniques, a breeding program and shipping methods to improve the supply of 5 gram juveniles for grow-out.

Halibut PEI is one of 15 organizations receiving funding through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund to adopt new technologies and equipment to improve the productivity and sustainability of the aquaculture sector in the province. Backgrounder here.

Halibut PEI (HPEI) is a land-based, closed contained Ocean Wise certified Halibut aquaculture operation located in Victoria, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Our broodstock, egg fertilization, hatchery, nursery and grow-out operations makes us North America’s only fully integrated Halibut company.

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Latest Job Postings in the Emergence Community

Here is a summary of the latest career opportunities with Emergence Community clients:

  • Animal Ethics is hiring a Welfare Biology Research and Outreach Coordinator –  click here.
  • Bactana is hiring a Laboratory Technician (Connecticut) and Senior Microbiology Director (PEI) – click here.
  • BioTraceIT is seeking an Engineer: Test and Support – click here.
  • CATC is hiring an Aquaculture Technologies and a Post-Doctoral Scientist – Fish Nutrition (PEI)  – click here.
  • Dosecann currently advertising positions for Financial Analyst, Analytical Scientist III, Extraction Technician, Senior Formulation Scientist, Packaging Technician (PEI)  – click here.
  • FIGR currently advertising positions for Production Workers (multiple positions), Night Packaging Technician and Commercial Cleaner (PEI)  – click here.
  • InfinityImmuno is hiring a Research Associate and Senior Scientist (PEI)  – click here.
  • Island Abbey Foods currently advertising position for HR & Training Manager (PEI) – click here.
  • Noblegen is advertising opportunities for Regulatory Affairs and a Mechanical Engineer (Peterborough, Ontario) – click here.

We welcome our Emergence clients to send us their job postings and we will add them to our next Job Postings article and in Emergence Alerts.

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Natural Products Canada launches Proof of Concept Program

Emergence Partner Natural Products Canada’s new Proof of Concept Program (POC Program) addresses a consistent gap within the Canadian natural product ecosystem; funding to validate commercial applications of natural products or technologies.

“Our network has been telling us that proof of concept testing is a real challenge,” says Shelley King, CEO of Natural Products Canada. “They need to validate their products, but it’s difficult to find the funds from either government programs or private capital.”

“The program targets projects that go beyond basic research or early product development,” says King. “We’re looking at things like preliminary animal, field, demonstration or human trials that verify the commercial potential of the technology.”

The POC Program offers up to half of the project costs to a maximum of $100,000. For companies, the funds are repayable based on gross revenues generated by the resulting product or technology. For research institutions, funds are conditionally repayable based on licensing agreements.

“Repayability lets us support the developers through these commercialization hurdles so they can achieve success in the marketplace,” says King. “And when they can pay us back, we will recycle it into the next opportunity so there’s a sustained pot of money for current and future opportunities.”

King thinks the POC Program will be a game-changer for Canadian companies with promising products or technologies.

“Large corporations and investors always emphasize the need for some type of validation that the product does what it’s intended to do. It’s often their first question,” says King. “We think the POC Program is going to make it easier for more Canadian companies to rise to the top of those innovation and investment searches.”

Applications for the POC Program are accepted on an ongoing basis and can be completed online.

The Proof of Concept Program is one of three new Commercialization Programs offered by Natural Products Canada to members of Canada’s Natural Product Innovation Cluster. For more information about the Commercialization Programs, contact Kim Johnstone, Programs Director. For more information about the Cluster, contact Sue Coueslan, VP Communications and Stakeholder Relations.

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