Jeremie Saunders Founder of Sickboy Podcast keynotes BioPort 2018

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Jeremie Saunders resized Jeremie Saunders, founder of the popular Sickboy Podcast series will be presenting the Keynote address to the attendees of BioPort 2018 during the afternoon on November 8th.  Jeremie is an award-winning professional actor, yoga instructor, public speaker and podcaster from the east coast who lives with the genetic lung disease cystic fibrosis. His podcast series Sickboy has been listed as one of iTunes Best Of 2015 and has been made into a CBC documentary.

Jeremie launched the Sickboy podcast in 2015 alongside his friends, Brian Stever and Taylor MacGillivary to explore conversations with a wide range of guests about their experiences of living with terminal or chronic illness. After experiencing the stigma associated with chronic or terminal illnesses firsthand, Jeremie took it upon himself to create a platform dedicated to diminishing that stigma and building a supportive community for everyone.

Since finding success with his podcast series, Jeremie has become a sought-after speaker with his keynote address at TEDxToronto being described as “simply the most thought-provoking, powerful talk I’ve ever witnessed.”

Jeremie is one of 70,000 people worldwide who are living with cystic fibrosis, the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadians today.

To hear Jeremie Saunders speak, register for BioPort 2018 on November 8th.

Register here. 

 

ENTREVESTOR: The BIC Semi-Finalists

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Eight companies have been chosen to compete in this year’s BioInnovation Challenge, a regional health and life sciences business competition hosted by BioNova.

The competition will go down on Nov. 7 at BioPort 2018, BioNova’s annual conference for the life-science industry at the Halifax Convention Centre.

The BIC is one of the longest running business competitions in the Atlantic region. Since 2011, over 50 companies have gone through the program.

Past winners of the BIC include New Brunswick-based Pfera Inc. as well as Spring Loaded TechnologyABK BioMedical and Covina Biomedical from Nova Scotia.

“A strong and vibrant economy in our region requires continuous innovation and BIC has become a key program to support that,” said Scott Moffitt the Managing Director of BioNova in a statement.

“Many of the companies coming out of the program have gone on to raise millions to grow and scale.”

This year’s semi-finalists will receive training and sessions with expert pitching coach Linda Plano, who has over 10 years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs with startups in life sciences.

The winner of the competition will also receive $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea as well as a package of support services and mentoring valued at more than $30,000.

The BioPort 2018 conference is set to be the biggest yet. A Keynote address will be given by Corrina Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix in Maryland. BioPort 2018 will also be the inaugural year for a new program for Nova Scotia’s youth.

The eight BIC semi-finalists are:

Coloursmith Labs – Direct-to-consumer contact lenses that work as the world’s first practical solution to colour blindness. Read Entrevestor’s coverage of Coloursmith here.

Unified Health – New models designed to ease the strain on the emergency system while reducing healthcare costs and bringing better patient outcomes. The company plans to set up wellness clinics that merge traditional and alternative care practices.

Talem Health Analytics – A Software-as-a-Service company for healthcare professionals to track, analyze and predict treatment regimens for people who have been in motor vehicle accidents. It draws on data from physiotherapy clinics and can help insurers assess how the patient will rehab. Talem was one of the five winners that took home $25,000 at the last Volta Cohort.

Picomole – A painless, accurate, and versatile diagnostic breath test to detect early stage lung cancer. This Moncton-based company is testing its device with the Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick. Read Entrevestor’s story on Picomole here.

BioHuntress – A Saint John company develping a natural treatment for blood cancer that brings a better patient experience.

Neuro Amel Technologies – This Halifax-based company is building a frameless, automated brace that uses electrical stimulation to improve mobility for stroke patients. Neuro Amel recently graduated from Dalhousie University’s LaunchPad program. Read Entrevestor’s story on the early development of the project here

Macro Movements – A company that is building a software that gives feedback on your movement to prevent injury.

3F Waste Recovery – Turns waste in the fishery, farming and forestry industries into profitable solutions. The company is in the business of “turning garbage into gold,” for the cosmetics industry.

BioNova Names 2018 BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) Semi-Finalists

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BioNova Names 2018 BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) Semi-Finalists

August 29, 2018 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Eight (8) semi-finalists have been chosen to compete in the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC), BioNova’s regional health and life sciences business competition, which will be held in Halifax on November 7th during BioPort 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

BIC is one of the longest running business competitions in the region with over 50 companies having gone through the program since 2011. The competition has supported the growth and innovation of past winners such as New Brunswick-based Pfera Inc., along with Spring Loaded Technology, ABK BioMedical and Covina Biomedical from Nova Scotia.

“A strong and vibrant economy in our region requires continuous innovation and BIC has become a key program to support that,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova. “Many of the companies coming out of the program have gone on to raise millions to grow and scale.”

This year’s semi-finalists will receive significant training to be positioned for business growth, including sessions with expert pitch training coach Linda Plano, who has over ten years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs with start-ups in life sciences. This year’s winner will receive $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea as well as a package of support services and mentoring valued at more than $30,000.

Read more about the eight (8) semi-finalists below:

Coloursmith Labs – Direct-to-consumer contact lenses that work as the world’s first practical solution to colour blindness.

Unified Health – New models designed to ease the strain on the emergency system while reducing healthcare costs and bringing better patient outcomes.

Talem Health Analytics – Software for healthcare professionals to track, analyze and predict treatment regimens for people in motor vehicle accidents.

Picomole – A painless, accurate, and versatile diagnostic breath test to detect early stage lung cancer.

BioHuntress – A natural treatment for blood cancer that brings a better patient experience.

Neuro Amel Technologies – A frameless, automated brace that uses electrical stimulation to improve mobility for stroke patients.

Macro Movements – Software that gives feedback on movement to prevent injury.

3F Waste Recovery – Turns waste problems in the fishery, farming and forestry industries into profitable solutions.

BIC 2018 is presented by BioNova in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, BioNB, Emergence, DalhousieUniversity Industry Liaison and Innovation, Springboard Atlantic, Jennifer Cameron PR, PWC, Cox & Palmer, Bereskin & Parr, Archway Insurance, and Grant Thornton.

BIC 2018 will take place over two days in November. The eight (8) semi-finalists will present to a panel of judges and the conference audience at BioPort, BioNova’s annual conference, on November 7th. The top three presenters will then pitch the following morning.  The winner will be announced at the close of BioPort 2018 on the afternoon of November 8th.

About BioNova:
BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop sustainable solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

About BioPort 2018:
BioPort 2018 will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre on November 7 and 8. BioPort provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the health and life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the U.S. and from around the world.
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For further information, media may contact:

Shana Cristoferi
Marketing Manager, BioNova
902-421-5705
scristoferi@bionova.ca

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Health Technology Pioneer Dr. Corinna Lathan Keynotes BioPort 2018

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Untitled design (82)Dr. Corinna Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix, Inc., will provide an evening keynote address to health and life sciences innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America during BioPort 2018, on November 7-8, at the Halifax Convention Centre. Dr. Lathan’s keynote address will explore the transformative impact of technology on life sciences companies and health care.

Dr. Lathan is a neuroscientist, engineer, and health technology entrepreneur. Her company has successfully developed an FDA-cleared mobile platform for healthcare providers to assess cognitive function. She has also developed robotics for kids with disabilities, virtual reality technology for the Space Station (NASA), and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers. These human-technology innovations have been featured in Forbes and Time magazines and led to Dr. Lathan being named as MIT Technology Review Magazine’s ‘Top 100 World Innovators’.

Since 1999, Dr. Lathan has served as the founder, CEO, and Board Chair of AnthroTronix Inc., a biomedical engineering research and development company creating diverse human-centered products in digital health, wearable technology, robotics, and augmented reality.  The company recently developed FDA-cleared, mobile digital health software platform DANA™. This work lead Dr. Lathan to be named ‘2017 Woman to Watch’ by Disruptive Women in Health Care.

Dr. Lathan is an advocate for STEM educational outreach programs and started her own in 1992 called Keys to Empowering Youth. She has also coached for the FIRST and VEX robotics program and advised the Smithsonian Institute’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Dr. Lathan sits on the boards of many innovative organizations such as the KID Museum Makerspace and Engineering World Health.

Dr. Lathan will be speaking at BioPort 2018, Nova Scotia’s premiere Health and Life Sciences event hosted by BioNova, on November 7th, at 6pm ADT at the Halifax Convention Centre.

 

ACOA: Covina Biomedical Inc. Solidifying Place in the Bone Cement Industry

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Government of Canada supports prototype development, regulatory approvals and research commercialization

August 7, 2018 – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Great innovation happening here in Atlantic Canada is growing our economy, creating well-paying jobs, and improving the lives of Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting Covina Biomedical Inc. as it advances a proprietary bone cement used in the repair of knee implants, the single biggest problem in orthopedics today.

Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Halifax, announced a $500,000 repayable investment in Covina Biomedical on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The assistance will help Covina Biomedical prove the effectiveness of its injectable bone cement for orthopedic patient care. Customer feedback and validation will prepare the company for clinical trials and develop a roadmap to obtain regulatory approval in Canada and the United States. Together, these initiatives will position Covina to scale-up, creating new economic benefits for Atlantic Canada.

Intellectual property for Covina’s injectable bone cement that prevents invasive surgery is the result of an earlier ACOA project with Dalhousie University. The product is being developed and commercialized in Nova Scotia, creating up to six new full-time, highly skilled positions and maintaining two others.

This contribution is being made through ACOA’s Business Development Program, which works with small and medium-sized companies to improve competitiveness in export markets.

The investment builds on the commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Strategy supports targeted investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential and skilled labour to expand business activities between the region and international markets.

 

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“Covina represents the benefits of collaboration between academia and industry. Commercializing research out of our universities and into the real world where it will help Canadians is one of the markers that will distinguish Canada as a world-leading economy now and for the long-term. This will help to create growing, innovative businesses with global reach, good jobs, and a thriving middle class.”

–       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA 

“It’s very exciting to see the outcome of local research and development result in a product that can be commercialized and exported globally. Covina Biomedical has tremendous potential to assist patients suffering from osteoarthritis or failed knee implants, and to contribute to the local, flourishing life sciences community.”

–       Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Halifax 

“Our company was founded on the passion to improve patient outcomes amidst a growing healthcare crisis of rising costs and wait times, and to do it here, in Atlantic Canada. The continued support of ACOA is helping to make this exciting opportunity possible, by supporting first, the transition of this high-quality research from Dalhousie University, and now, the continued development of our novel technology and growth of our company in the region.”

–       Dr. Caitlin Pierlot, CEO, Covina Biomedical Inc.

“The support of ACOA through the AIF program which funded the initial research at Dalhousie was instrumental. As the largest research intensive University in Atlantic Canada, Dal is a knowledge-generating institution and the ideal environment to pursue discoveries. We are proud to have partnered the technology with Covina and look forward to assisting them as they grow as a company. This is a great example of a bold research discovery that will have far reaching patient impact.”

–     Stephen Hartlen, Executive Director of Industry Liaison and Innovation and Assistant Vice-President of Industry Relations, Dalhousie University

Quick facts

  • The orthopaedic market is forecasted to exceed $45 billion in the United States by 2021.
  • Knee replacements are the single biggest problem in orthopaedics today with the global market worth over $8.4 billion (USD).
  • Age and BMI are key risk factors in the onset and progression of musculoskeletal conditions of the hip and knee, resulting in significant risk of requiring one or more joint implants in a lifetime.

    – In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight, and of these, 650 million were obese

    – By 2050, nearly 20 per cent of the global population will be over the age of 65

  • The number of knee joint implants is expected to rise to 185,000 procedures per year in the US by 2025.
  • Average total cost of care of a single knee joint implant procedure in the US was estimated at $100,000 in 2014.

Contacts

Alex Smith
Director of Communications & Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: (902-426-9417 | 902-830-3939 (cell)
Email: alex.smith@canada.ca

Caitlin Pierlot
Chief Executive Officer
Covina Biomedical Inc.
Phone: (902) 442-4014 | 902-495-9008 (cell)
Email: cpierlot@covinabiomedical.com

Michèle Charlton
Communications Advisor, Research
Dalhousie University
Phone: 902-494-4148
Email: michele.charlton@dal.ca

Expert pitch training coach preps participants for BioInnovation Challenge

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Semi-finalists in BioNova’s BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) get to hone their pitching skills during one-on-one training with Linda Plano, an expert pitch training coach with over 10 years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs with start-ups in life sciences, cleantech, high tech, web-based applications and more.

Upon earning a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Physics from MIT, Plano held positions at various startup companies including research scientist and CEO, as well as management positions up to Vice President for New Business Development in more established companies. The combination of her high-level education and experience in business has allowed her to help entrepreneurs in many complex fields.

Plano has been coaching entrepreneurs on their pitches and value propositions since 2005. She founded Plano & Simple in 2010 to focus exclusively on coaching, training and mentoring entrepreneurs. This has led her to work with nearly 600 entrepreneurs, who have gone on to raise well over $250M. Plano has worked with a diverse number of clients, from first time entrepreneurs, to serial entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Although she is based in Boston, she has delivered her services to clients all over the world.

BIC Semi-finalists will get one-on-one training with Plano to perfect their pitches before presenting them to the BIC judges during BioPort 2018, Atlantic Canada’s premier health and life sciences event. BioPort is happening on November 7th and 8th at the Halifax Convention Centre. With a top prize of $25,000 in funding and $30,000 in in-kind services, BIC is set to highlight the potential of the many growing Health and Life Sciences start-ups in Atlantic Canada. BIC applications are open until August 10th.

You can learn more about Linda Plano and her work by visiting her website or following her on Twitter @lindaplano.

Ten healthcare problems students can solve using technology and innovation

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What do successful entrepreneurs all have in common? They started by saying, “there has to be a better way.” Whether it be a new innovative product or a tweak to something that already exists, business is about offering solutions to problems. Through BioNova’s BIC Junior business pitch competition (Nov 7-8 at BioPort 2018), Nova Scotia high school and first year post-secondary students are given the opportunity to come up with a health and life science business idea. Below are ten healthcare problems students can solve using technology and innovation.

  1. Disabilities

It’s time to develop some new tools that can be used to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. This may assist with mobility, communication, or a multitude of other things that help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

  1. Health Care

We need sharp minds to find innovative ways to continue to modernize healthcare and improve efficiencies and patient outcomes. Perhaps the use of more digital apps to enable people to take an active role in their own care, medication safety, and recovery time or a technology that can take some of the strain off of caretakers and hospital staff.

  1. Hospitals

A safe, well-functioning hospital is the foundation of exceptional care. To create that environment, we need cutting edge technologies to make hospitals more effective in the future by improving healthcare delivery, wait times and access to care, and finding advanced ways to limit the rate of infections and spread of disease.

  1. Aging and Chronic Disease

With Atlantic Canada’s aging population on the rise, tools that enable better quality of care for seniors is in demand. Developing innovative ways to reduce dependence on nursing homes and promote independent living can reduce strain on the health care system and improve lives. Also providing tools for caretakers to improve the quality of the patients care

  1. Healthier Food

Taking preventative measures with our nutrition to avoid health problems down the road will prevent unnecessary strain on our healthcare system. What are some cutting-edge ways to improve nutritional values of every day foods and cut down on costs? Nutrition and health isn’t just a problem that applies to humans, there’s also a big industry for animals and pet health.

  1. Farming

Did you know that Nova Scotia has over 900,000 acres of farm land? What can we change in our farms to promote safer, healthier farming standards and improve nutrition? Farmers are always looking for cutting-edge ways to improve operations and market functional foods.

  1. Green Products

With an increased demand for greener products, people want to be more aware of what products they are using and how they impact the world around them. What products could be developed without chemicals to prevent people from getting sick?

  1. Population Health

How can we use big data analysis to tackle diseases? Perhaps there are ways to promote the use of natural products to improve global health and create preventative measures.

  1. Oceans

We need big ideas that will help us protect and get the most out of our oceans. These innovations could include new ways to effectively clean up oil spills, or perhaps new ways to use sea plants as sources of food or energy.

  1. Health and Fitness

What are new and innovative ways to empower people to be healthier? Perhaps an app that helps you to understand your genetics or DNA to improve fitness. No matter what it is, tools that make people healthy and fit are in high demand.

There are many yet-to-be discovered solutions to problems within the health and life sciences sector. Any students interested in applying for BioNova’s BIC Junior business pitch competition are encouraged to visit our webpage.

NEWS RELEASE: BioNova Launches BioInnovation Challenge (BIC) In Search of Top New Health and Life Sciences Entrepreneur in Atlantic Canada

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BioNova Launches BioInnovation Challenge (BIC)
In Search of Top New Health and Life Sciences Entrepreneur in Atlantic Canada

July 3, 2018 – Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA – Early stage health and life science companies from Atlantic Canada have a chance to compete for $25,000 in seed funding and a $30,000 advisory services package to develop their business idea during BioPort 2018 on November 7-8, 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

BIC is an Atlantic Canadian business competition that recognizes commercialization potential in health and life sciences.  Since 2011, it has encouraged innovation and the creation of new companies in the sector.

“Every year we are blown away by the potential of the companies in the competition,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director at BioNova. “Even a small investment in health innovation can spur business growth, job creation and better health outcomes for Canadians.”

The BioPort 2018 conference is set to be their biggest yet, with CEO of AnthroTronix, Dr. Corinna Lathan, scheduled to give a keynote address. New to this year’s program, the conference will also feature BioInnovation Challenge Junior (BIC Junior), for Nova Scotian high school and first year post-secondary students to create health and life science business ideas. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

Past winners of BIC include New Brunswick-based Pfera Inc., along with Spring Loaded Technology and Covina Biomedical from Nova Scotia.  This year’s finalists will be awarded advisory services with the first-place winner receiving $25,000 in seed funding, for a total prize package valued at $55,000. BIC is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Dalhousie University Industry Liaison and Innovation, EmerGence BioIncubator and BioNB with in-kind services provided by Archway Insurance, Bereskin & Parr, Jennifer Cameron PR, PwC, Cox and Palmer, and Grant Thornton.

Applications for BIC must be submitted by August 10, 2018 to BioNova.  For full competition details and to apply, visit bioportatlantic.ca.

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About BioNova 
BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop clean energy solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

About BioPort
Since 2002, BioPort has provided a forum to inform and inspire the health and life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region, nationally and abroad.

For Further Information: 
Media Inquiries: 
Shana Cristoferi
Marketing Manager
(902)-830-9193
scristoferi@bionova.ca

BIC Application Inquiries: 
Kerri Mannette
Director of Operations
(902)-421-5705
kmannette@bionova.ca

BioPort 2018 Announces Keynote Speakers And Explores the Future of Life Sciences in Atlantic Canada

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BioPort 2018 Announces Keynote Speakers 
And Explores the Future of Life Sciences in Atlantic Canada

June 21, 2018 – Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA – Health and life sciences innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America will come together to attend BioPort 2018, on November 7-8, 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. This year’s event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Corrina Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix, Inc. and William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist, who will explore the transformative impact of technology on life sciences companies and health care. The annual event will also feature a business pitch competition and an exciting new program targeting Nova Scotia’s youth.

“BioPort highlights the potential of the health and life sciences sector in Atlantic Canada to tackle the world’s toughest challenges,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova. “This year our speakers will share how embracing disruptive technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, present opportunities to grow our sector.”

Corinna Lathan, Ph.D., will provide the keynote address on November 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm ADT. Dr. Lathan is a neuroscientist, engineer, and health technology entrepreneur. Her company has successfully developed an FDA-cleared mobile platform for healthcare providers to assess cognitive function. She has also developed robotics for kids with disabilities, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers. These human-technology innovations have been featured in Forbes and Time magazines, and led to Dr. Lathan being named as MIT Technology Review Magazine’s ‘Top 100 World Innovators’.

On November 8, 2018 at 12:30 pm ADT, William Charnetski, LL.B, will provide a keynote address on how collaboration across the health care system facilitates the adoption of innovative health technologies. Mr. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law, and government. For over 10 years he was vice president and general counsel for AstraZeneca. He was also a partner at the law firm Torys LLP and served as chief of staff to The Hon. William Graham, P.C., Q.C.

As per previous years, BioPort will feature the BioInnovation Challenge (BIC), an Atlantic Canadian health and life science business pitch competition that gives entrepreneurs a chance to win $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea. New to this year’s program, the conference will also feature BioInnovation Challenge Junior (BIC Junior), for Nova Scotian high school and first year post-secondary students to create health and life science business ideas. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

For more information or to register for the event, visit BioPortAtlantic.ca. Complimentary media registration is available to reporters. Follow #BioPort2018 @BioNovaNS for updates.

About BioPort
Since 2002, BioPort has provided a forum to inform and inspire the health and life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies, and build links within the region, nationally and abroad.

About BioNova
BioNova leads, accelerates, and advocates for Nova Scotia’s growing health and life sciences sector. Since 1993, BioNova has been accelerating the growth of its member companies. By hosting networking and educational events, and providing connections to potential funders and business resources, BioNova helps companies succeed.  While these companies commercialize life-changing research to improve healthcare, provide healthier food, and develop clean energy solutions, BioNova advocates on behalf of the sector. BioNova champions the sector’s cluster of world-class research facilities, incubator programs, and companies who, together, bring investment and jobs to Nova Scotia.

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For more Information, contact: 
Shana Cristoferi
Marketing Manager, BioNova
scristoferi@bionova.ca
(902) 421-5705

ENTREVESTOR: BioPort 2018 Unveils Speakers

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by Jennifer Lee | Jun 24, 2018

The keynote speakers for the 2018 BioPort conference will be Corrina Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix in Maryland, and William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist.

BioNova, which organizes the annual gathering for life science innovators, industry leaders, and investors from across North America, revealed the keynote speakers in a statement last week. BioPort will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre on Nov. 7 and 8.

“BioPort highlights the potential of the health and life sciences sector in Atlantic Canada to tackle the world’s toughest challenges,” said Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, in the statement.

“This year our speakers will share how embracing disruptive technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, present opportunities to grow our sector.”

Lathan will give her keynote address the evening of Nov. 7 and Charnetski will give his on Nov. 8 in the afternoon. Their talks will dive into the relationship between technology and life sciences companies and health care systems.

Lathan’s company provides healthcare providers with a mobile platform to moniter cognitive function. In her career she has also developed robotics for kids with disabilities, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers.

Charnetski, a global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law, and government, will discuss how collaboration across the healthcare system requires the adoption of innovative health technologies.

Since 2011, BioPort has been hosting the BioInnovation Challenge, a pitching competition open to health and life science entrepreneurs from the East Coast. This year, participants could win up to $25,000 in funding to develop their business idea.

Past winners include, Pfera from Fredericton, MacKenzie Healthcare Technologies and Covina Biomedical, both of which are from Nova Scotia.

Pfera, a company that is developing products for safer and more cost-effective horse breeding, won in October 2017 and was able to start conductng clinical trials two months later.

The company, which helps breeders determine the due date of a pregnant mare, was incorporated in January 2017 and aims to launch late this year.

BioPort 2018 is also the inaugural year for a new program for Nova Scotia’s youth.

BioInnovation Challenge Junior (BIC Junior) is open to Nova Scotian high school and first year post-secondary students with health and life science business ideas. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

You can register for the events here.