CEO and Founder
Michael Fergusson leads a company named one of the 100 most innovative mHealth companies in the world, and that is widely recognized for helping patients take control of their treatments. Fergusson was recently named Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year and named one of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences in PharmaVOICE 100. He’s most proud of his work creating an environment where he and his colleagues can live the Ayogo motto: to do their best work, to change the world, and to laugh every day. Ayogo created a technology that offers a digital platform for healthcare organizations that helps patients manage chronic illness.
Learn how Life Sciences companies are approaching innovation, corporate venturing and partnering opportunities.
Discover what lessons leaders of growth stage companies have learned as they share their secrets to success and overcoming challenges.
Identify your next investment prospect as emerging companies from across North America reveal their contribution to the next big leap for the life sciences industry.
Network with potential partners, investors, accelerators, and key influencers in an environment focused on “bold ideas for big opportunities.”
Support the industry by attending BioPort Atlantic and being an active contributor to this growing sector here in Atlantic Canada.
CEO, BioVectra Inc.
Ron is CEO of BioVectra Inc., a dynamic and innovative player in the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The company has received numerous awards over the years including being named as one of the Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada. In 2015, the company generated 100 Million dollars in revenue, most by way of export from Canada.
Ron is also the CEO of the Regis Duffy BioScience Fund Inc., a private venture fund targeting science based businesses. He is a past Director and Chairman of the Maritime Electric Company Limited, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. and a current member and past Chairman of the Board of the PEI BioAlliance Inc., a company dedicated to the advancement of the bioscience sector of Prince Edward Island’s economy. He is also a past Chairman of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, an independent think-tank dedicated to economic progress in Atlantic Canada. He is a member of the BIOTECanada Board of Directors, a member of the board of governors of UPEI and a director of the Holland College Foundation. He is also chair of Synapse Applied Research and Industry Services Inc., the entity charged with the evaluation and commercialization of technology developed at UPEI.
He is also a director of several private businesses many in the early stages of commercialization.
Ron is President of Communities 13 Inc., a non-profit organization which owns and operates a multipurpose recreational complex serving the needs of 12,000 residents in 13 communities. He is Past-President of the United Way of Prince Edward Island, a former Director of the Bank of Canada and a volunteer with Canada Games 2009.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of PEI and a law degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Dalhousie University. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Recently he received a Diploma from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada.
Ascenta Founder & CEO
During a time when Canadians knew very little about fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, Marc St-Onge founded Ascenta Health Ltd. which became a leading developer of natural health products in Canada. After attracting the attention of an internationally recognized health products company he sold Ascenta Health and went on to formulate Ascenta Skin, his high-end skincare brand. Combining his entrepreneurial and research background, St-Onge has been committed to both validated science and healthy living while seizing opportunities to create sustainable and health focused products. St-Onge is a Nova Scotia native and leads his company from their facility in Dartmouth.
BioPort Atlantic 2015 is set for October 27-28th, 2015, at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. This year’s theme is Bold Ideas for Big Opportunities. BioPort Atlantic is the premier annual life sciences industry event in Atlantic Canada now in its 14th year which features:
- Networking and Learning
- Access to Opportunities and Investors
- A Showcase for Atlantic Canadian Life Sciences Excellence
Hosted by BioNova, BioPort Atlantic connects people to companies in all stages of development, from innovative start-ups to established companies.
“From our outstanding speakers, to our dynamic panel discussions, BioPort Atlantic continues to attract the who’s who in our industry. The conference is designed to help businesses make connections and overcome their challenges, ultimately growing our sector, one company at a time.”