Dr. Gordon’s Bum Cream company chosen to join Accelerate Program

Dr. Gordon’s Bum Cream company has been chosen to participate in Praxis Spinal Cord Institute’s Praxis SCI Accelerate Program, a 12-week acceleration pilot program for health start-up companies with solutions that address care- and cure-related treatments and overall quality of life of individuals with SCI.

Five companies were carefully selected by a panel of spinal cord injury (SCI) consumers, researchers, commercial leaders in healthcare—as addressing key challenges for people with SCI, but also with a potential to transform healthcare outcomes for the broader community. Meet the Praxis SCI Accelerate 2020 Cohort

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury research, innovation and care. Their Commercialization program is focused on accelerating innovations including medical devices and diagnostics that can improve the lives of people living with SCI. More about the Praxis SCI Accelerate Program here.

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Because Animals wins Innovation Prize at Global Pet Expo

Founders Joshua Errett and Shannon Falconer

Emergent client Because Animals had a big win at Global Pet Expo. They were awarded the grand award of the 2020 Purina Pet Care Innovation Prize for their cultured meat technology. As a grand prize winner, Because Animals will receive a cash prize and mentorship from Purina.

“This is a validating win as it proves we are on the right track in terms of the future of pet food and meat production. It was only three years ago that we first attended the Global Pet Expo and could barely get a meeting. Now one of the biggest pet food companies in the world, Nestlé Purina, has recognized our work.” – Shannon and Joshua

About the prize: The Pet Care Innovation Prize is a collaborative effort of Purina’s 9 Square Ventures division and investing leaders Active Capital to support and connect with early stage pet care startups that are currently in market with an innovative business addressing pet and pet owner needs in the areas of pet health and wellness, services, technology, and food, treats or litter.

Full press release here.

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Fieldetect gets $355K to adapt technology to detect COVID-19

Dr. William Whelan and Dr. Andrew Trivett

A research team led by the University of Prince Edward Island has been awarded a research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to adapt a hand-held, portable technology to detect whether someone carries the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. The research team is co-led by Dr. William Whelan (Physics, UPEI) and Dr. Andrew Trivett (Sustainable Design Engineering, UPEI) and includes Dr. Marya Ahmed (Chemistry, UPEI), Dr. Javier Sanchez and Dr. Dan Hurnik (Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI), Dr. Solke De Boer (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, retired), and Dr. Mark Redmond (PEI BioAlliance).

The patent-pending technology was developed by UPEI researchers for the detection of viruses in farm animals. Current methods to detect viruses require trained technicians to process samples in a central testing lab. The UPEI technology was developed to allow biological samples to be literally analysed anywhere—in a barn, field, or on a tractor—without pristine laboratory conditions. The researchers will apply this rugged LabAnywhere™ technology to detecting human diseases.

Since the call went out for applications to CIHR’s Rapid Call for Coronavirus Research, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The global need for reliable, rapidly deployable detection methods is more important than ever.

“We began developing this technology several years ago with the goal of helping farmers manage livestock and crop diseases better,” said Dr. Trivett. “We are really excited to see our work enter the fight against this new threat to our communities.”

“When we were notified of the award, I was in self-isolation, after being tested for COVID-19,” said Dr. Whelan. “I received my test result, which was negative, two days later. With this funding, we will work hard to deliver an on-site, rapid test for coronaviruses, with results in an hour.”

The research project will use easily handled, safe viruses from the animal world for initial testing to validate the methods and move to tests using human viruses once initial trials are complete. With support from Synapse, Innovation PEI, the PEI BioAlliance, and SpringBoard Atlantic, the inventors have created a spin-out company, Fieldetect Inc. to commercialize the technology.

Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, UPEI’s Interim Vice-President Academic and Research said, “COVID-19 is an unprecedented global public health risk. We are thankful to CIHR for expanding this important funding to allow our interdisciplinary research and development team at UPEI to test this diagnostic technology that will have an impact around the world.”

This project is one of 96 across the country funded by the Government of Canada in rapid response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 evolves quickly, and protecting the health of Canadians is our priority,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. “The additional teams of researchers receiving funding today will help Canada quickly generate the evidence we need to contribute to the global understanding of the COVID-19 illness. Their essential work will contribute to the development of effective vaccines, diagnostics, treatments, and public health responses.”

This research has been supported from its earliest days by Synapse and its partners in the Springboard Atlantic Network, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Innovation PEI. Synapse is UPEI’s independently incorporated commercialization, technology transfer, and industry-engagement company, created to develop stronger links between UPEI research and industry sectors, to encourage exciting new levels of idea generation, technology evaluation, technology transfer, commercialization, and spin-off company formation.

Since mid-2018, the Fieldetect Inc. team has benefitted from commercialization coaching by industry and regulatory experts at Emergence Bio-Business Incubator. Operated by the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, Emergence pairs its clients with mentors who have a proven track record in related fields, and provides services designed to help companies like Fieldetect Inc. succeed in getting their products to market.

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SomaDetect and Valley Agricultural Software Announce API Integration

SomaDetect, a precision dairy technology company, and Valley Agricultural Software (VAS), the world’s largest provider of dairy management software, announced today that VAS’s Software API will be integrated into SomaDetect’s data system.

The integration of VAS’s API with the SomaDetect system will enable SomaDetect’s software to synchronize with any milking equipment using VAS’s dairy herd management software, DairyComp.

As a result, dairy farmers using DairyComp can take advantage of SomaDetect’s technology without needing to replace their existing cow identification systems. Cow identification is a critical component to track individual cow health management.

“We are excited about this integration with VAS, and the support they have shown towards the advancement of our technology. We feel incredibly fortunate to be working with VAS and supporting leading-edge changes in this industry. We are supporting dairy as it moves into a new era of data generation, management, integration, collaboration, and insight development that will improve efficiencies and increase profitability for producers,” said Bethany Deshpande, CEO of SomaDetect.

Founded in New Brunswick, Canada in 2016, SomaDetect has produced a sensor with the capacity to provide farmers with daily information from individual cows. This unprecedented technology captures a variety of critical herd management, cow health and reproductive, and milk quality data per cow and per milking.

This requires SomaDetect data to be associated with the correct cow in the milking parlor. The integration enables automatic transfer of milking identification system data to SomaDetect’s system so that SomaDetect algorithms can be linked to the correct cow.

SomaDetect is currently focused on building commercial algorithms to provide data on somatic cell counts and pregnancy status, and will then increase data offerings to enable farmers to identify disease, eliminate contamination, manage reproduction, and increase milk quality.

“VAS is dedicated to being a collaborator in the industry and working closely with fellow innovators. We are excited to launch our integration with SomaDetect and help our dairies bring more insight to their operations by pairing important animal information with data from every cow at every milking session. We are proud to continually be part of the modernization of the dairy industry and learn how to help our customers improve their operations.” – Kevin Callihan, VP of Engineering & Product at VAS

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Applications now Open: AMGEN BIONATION Regenerative Medicine Innovation Challenge 2020

The Business of Biotech is Calling. Regenerative medicine has the potential to heal or replace tissues and organs damaged by disease, trauma, or normalize congenital defects. The field of regenerative medicine encompasses numerous strategies, including the use of materials and de novo generated cells, as well as various combinations thereof, to take the place of missing tissue, effectively replacing it both structurally and functionally, or to contribute to tissue healing.

The top proposals will make a pitch presentation of 6 minutes to a panel of esteemed investment judges at BIONATION 2020. The winner will be awarded:

  • $15K Canadian from Amgen
  • 18 hours mentoring from Amgen for the year
  • 1 Business Forum Pass for BIO 2020 Convention (value of $2300)
  • 1-year membership to BIOTECanada with access to cost saving business
  • solution programs

Applications Close – March 6, 2020
Finalist Announcement – March 20, 2020
Pitch Presentation – April 1, 2020 at BIONATION in Ottawa, Ontario

For more than 35 years Amgen has been at the forefront of biotechnology innovation including industry leading technologies and therapies to treat grievous illness. As we work to explore the next forefront of therapies and technologies in regenerative medicine area Amgen wants to identify early stage companies (targeted for Seed, Series A) developing innovative technologies and programs in this exciting field. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Technologies for non-viral cell transfection
  • Gene editing tools to create universal host for allogeneic cells
  • Tools to measure cell surface markers
  • Closed processing Tools (not significant bottleneck)

APPLY TODAY at www.bionation.ca

  • Wondering what to submit? It’s easy!
  • Your company’s mission
  • The targeted market/patient population
  • Description of your technology and the game changing innovation it will
  • bring
  • Upcoming key milestones (including financing)
  • Commercialization strategy
  • Management team and scientific advisory board members
  • CEO must be available to present on April 1, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario
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Call for Expressions of Interest – Atlantic Canada Mission to BIO 2020, San Diego, CA

The Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Bio-Industries Alliance (ACBA), is seeking companies to participate in the Atlantic Canada delegation to the BIO 2020 International Convention and Trade Show taking place in San Diego, CA, June 8–11, 2020.

BIO 2020 is an opportunity for Atlantic Canada bio-businesses to connect to strategic partners from around the globe, as well as showcase Atlantic Canada’s growing strengths in the biotechnology industry. Atlantic Canada will be a featured exhibitor in the Canada Pavilion.

Your participation in the Mission to BIO 2020 will include:

  • Complimentary Exhibitor Badge Registration
  • Complimentary Exhibitor Business Partnering pass (1 per company – Allocated on a first come-first serve basis) 
  • Access to pre-conference webinar that will provide planning and coaching
  • Access to meeting space within the Canada Pavilion
  • Company profile listed on all Atlantic Canada marketing materials
  • Inclusion in the Canada Directory at BIO
  • Invitation to the Taste of Atlantic Canada Reception,an increasingly popular, and “must attend” event at BIO on Tuesday, June 9.
  • Opportunity to present in the Canada Coast to Coast Company Competition
  • Inclusion in Federal/Provincial Roundtable meeting (if applicable)
  • Pre-conference and on-site support

New for 2020!

ACBA has engaged Betsy Bascom, CEO, Global Connectworks to work with five (5) Atlantic Canadian early stage companies (as determined by ACBA) to help them increase visibility, profile and success and optimize participation at the BIO 2020 event. Global Connectworks will work with selected companies, in advance of the convention, to identify targeted strategic partners and companies to meet while at the event. This will include guidance with meeting schedule management and how to prepare and approach potential partners to ensure you get the right meetings and connect with targeted companies.

Please complete the BIO 2020 Application by CLICKING HERE and return it to us by March 1, 2020. The Participation Fee per organization is $650 CAD (plus applicable tax).

In partnership with:

  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Government of New Brunswick
  • Government of Prince Edward Island
  • Government of Canada
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How to take Advantage of MaRS 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.

How to take advantage of this important service:

We will work with you to engage MaRS Market Intelligence to conduct research on your behalf and provide a set of data-rich industry reports. Companies can apply insights to market sizing, pitches, projections and more.

To get started, please send your advisor/mentor five questions that require research and we will work with you to engage the service.

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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NPC is hosting a delegation at AGRI Tech Venture Forum 

Natural Products Canada is leading a delegation of Canadian companies to the  AGRI Tech Venture Forum  on April 30th. Selected companies receive free registration (valued at $1,395) as well as numerous supports before and during the event. Canadian companies with a biologically-based innovation related to or derived from agriculture (natural product such as biopesticide, food ingredients, feed ingredients, or bio-based material) who are looking for investment within the next 12 months may be eligible for this opportunity.

Companies selected to join the delegation will receive: 

  • Complimentary registration (valued at $1395)
  • Profile in the NPC delegation, which will be shared with event attendees
  • Space at the NPC pavilion
  • Advice and coaching to prepare to pitch (if accepted by ATVF selection committee)
  • Guidance on identifying and selecting appropriate investors
  • Introductions to relevant investors at the event

Why Attend Agri-Tech Venture Forum

There are many reasons to attend the Agri-Tech Venture Forum (ATVF), including exposure to investors and corporations who are exclusively focused on innovations in agri-tech and agri-food.

Beyond excellent networking opportunities and insights from industry leaders, ATVF offers a Company Showcase – the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation about your company in order to attract partners or investors. More information and the application form can be found here: https://criticalpathgroup.formstack.com/forms/2020_agri_application

For more information about the event and NPC’s delegation, please contact your Regional Director by February 14th.

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Emergence clients – Career Opportunities

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