Semi-Finalists Chosen for BioInnovation Challenge

Halifax, NS – August 17, 2015

The semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2015 edition of The BioInnovation Challenge (BIC).

Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, the host of BIC, announced today that a selection committee has chosen the semi-finalists who will take part in the program. The semi-finalists will receive professional pitch training between now and the semi-final run off, which will be held in Halifax on October 27.

This year will mark the second time a New Brunswick company and one from Prince Edward Island will be taking part in the competition. BioNova has partnered with BioNB and the PEI BioAlliance, its sister organizations in NB and PEI, to allow up and coming life sciences companies from all three Maritime Provinces to compete in the challenge.

“We’re very impressed with the diversity and quality of this year’s participants,” said Moffitt. “We have representation of semi-finalists from across the Maritime provinces which shows that we have excellent pipeline development for the region.”

The semi-finalists are:

  • Help Method Inc., Nova Scotia
  • ChimieCell Inc. (intended name), Nova Scotia
  • Amorphous Biomaterials, Nova Scotia
  • Heterogeneous Nanosystems, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
  • 8RUA, New Brunswick
  • Cliff Worden-Rogers Consultant Ltd., Nova Scotia
  • RetiCAD, Nova Scotia
  • IOBio Digital Equipment, Nova Scotia

The winner of the BioInnovation Challenge will receive a $15,000 seed investment and a package of support services and mentoring valued at more than $30,000. The 2015 BIC is presented by BioNova in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, BioNB, Cox & Palmer, Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation, Jennifer Cameron PR, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada, PEI BioAlliance, PwC Canada and Sandler Training.

BIC will take place over two days in October. The 8 semi-finalists will present to a panel of judges on October 27 at the Life Sciences Research Institute. The top three presenters will then pitch to the judges and the conference audience at BioPort Atlantic, BioNova’s annual conference, the following morning.  The winner will be announced at the close of BioPort Atlantic on the afternoon of October 28.

BioPort Atlantic will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on October 27 and 28. Built around the theme “BOLD IDEAS for BIG OPPORTUNITIES”, BioPort  provides a forum to educate, inform and inspire the life sciences community to develop their ideas, commercialize their technologies and build links within the region and with guests brought in from the US and from around the world.

About BioNova:

BioNova is Nova Scotia’s life sciences organization, representing companies working in drug & vaccine development, medical technologies, natural health products & nutraceuticals, digital health and bio-products, as well as research organizations, service providers and other supporters.

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For further information, media may contact:

Shana McRae

Marketing and Communications Officer, BioNova
902-421-5705
smcrae@bionova.ca

 

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