Alentic Microscience Inc. commercializes its blood diagnostic device for medical settings March 4, 2019 – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Cutting-edge ideas in life sciences are reaching the marketplace faster than ever, providing Canadians with less invasive and more effective treatment options that improve patient outcomes. Determined to provide mobile healthcare solutions that give immediate results, Alentic Microscience Inc. has developed a pocket-sized diagnostic device that can generate test results in under five minutes, from any location, using only a drop of blood from a pinprick. Conceived for medical diagnostics, Alentic’s technology was chosen by the Canadian Space Agency to conduct immunological research in real-time aboard the International Space Station. Alentic is now commercializing its technology to be used in hospitals, clinics, veterinary settings or in the field. The device uses patented technology to analyze a tiny quantity of blood, producing high quality blood test results immediately at patient point-of-care. The device can perform different types of tests rapidly, which will improve patient care, reduce wait times, lower costs and increase healthcare efficiencies. Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced $2,992,162 in Government of Canada support to Alentic Microscience Inc. for the project. This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments that build on the region’s competitive advantages, including its growing innovation ecosystem and skilled workforce. Quotes: “In a time of rapid technological change and global interconnectedness, we have an opportunity to leverage our healthcare innovations to achieve even greater impact through advances in life sciences. With commitment and bold action, Atlantic Canada can be a frontrunner for the country, and the world, in providing quality bio-innovations that attract investment and talent, advance our economic prosperity and provide better healthcare to Canadians.” – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA “Alentic’s technology is working to transform traditional patient care with shorter wait times for test results. This innovative tool has the potential to improve the lives of thousands of Canadians, particularly those who have health conditions such as heart disease, anemia and immune disorders, for which frequent blood tests are vital to properly manage these illnesses.” – Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax “All of us at Alentic Microscience are deeply grateful to ACOA for their enabling financial support. This contribution will allow us to achieve critical research, development and commercialization milestones on our path to selling Alentic’s revolutionary diagnostic devices in Canada and abroad. The money further allows us to grow our superb team as we approach market entry.” – Alan Fine, CEO, Alentic Microscience Inc. Quick Facts: • Alentic Microscience is receiving a $2,992,162 repayable contribution through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP). • The funding will help create six jobs, including a biological engineer, a software developer and an embedded systems engineer, in addition to maintaining 15 jobs, to help with the planning, detailed design, prototype assembly, testing and clinical trials of new devices. • Alentic’s technology is fully operational for specific cellular analyses currently used in medical and veterinary settings. • In collaboration with Honeywell International Inc., Alentic successfully obtained a multi-million dollar contract with the Canadian Space Agency to develop specific diagnostic tests and a device to monitor astronauts’ immune systems in real time, an important task that was previously impossible. • Alentic Microscience Inc. has been granted ten patents in the United States, one in Canada and one in China, with many more patents in progress. • The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. • The Business Development Program continues to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Associated Links: • Bio-Analyzer: Instant biomedical results from space to Earth Contacts: Chris Brooks Director, Communications and Outreach Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org Alan Fine CEO Alentic Microscience Inc. 902-407-0827 / 902-440-3825 email@example.com]]>
NEWS RELEASE: BioVectra Inc. announces a $144.6 million expansion project, including a $37.5 million contribution through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund
BioVectra Inc. announces a $144.6 million expansion project, including a $37.5 million contribution through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits BioVectra to announce Government of Canada investment in Atlantic Canadian CDMO and high-skilled jobs creation in the region — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada (March 4, 2019) – Today, BioVectra Inc., an Atlantic Canadian Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), announced a five-year, $144.6 million (CAD) expansion project to enhance its Biopharmaceutical capabilities in both Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Windsor, Nova Scotia. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, visited BioVectra in Charlottetown to announce a $37.5 million contribution from the Government of Canada through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). The $37.5 million contribution represents the single largest SIF Project ever awarded in Atlantic Canada. “Thanks to innovations in life sciences, Canadians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Canadian companies like BioVectra are creating new jobs and establishing themselves as global leaders in producing lifesaving treatments for serious illnesses that affect millions of people around the world. Today, we are not only investing in an innovative Canadian business, but also in Canadians and the future prosperity of our country.” – The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada More specifically, the project is intended to support BioVectra’s on-going Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) production capacity expansion in Charlottetown, as well as an expansion of its Biologics capabilities in Windsor, including a mammalian cell culture facility. Over the project’s five-year lifespan, 150 high-skilled, full-time jobs are expected to be created on Prince Edward Island and in Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to announce plans to create 150 additional jobs, 110 to be located at our Windsor site and 40 in Charlottetown,” said BioVectra President, Oliver Technow. “This is an extremely proud day for BioVectra, and we are deeply appreciative of the government’s support. Since 2015, we have invested approximately $25 million per year in expansions and technologies that have vastly enhanced our capabilities. Today’s announcement is a continuation of our commitment to growth right here in Atlantic Canada!” As a trusted and innovative partner, BioVectra’s global client base includes most of the top 20 biopharmaceutical companies in the world. “Our clients develop important, life-saving medicines for people all around the globe,” said BioVectra’s Windsor General Manager, Heather Delage. “This exciting expansion project is designed to help propel us toward being a top-tier player in the biologics field, where many therapies are advancing rapidly, and changing the way healthcare is delivered.” Beyond these expansion plans, BioVectra intends to complement its existing academic partnerships by forming additional collaborations with Canadian academic institutions. This investment includes reinforcing its future talent base by providing over 25 students with on-the-job training and internship opportunities on an annual basis. About BioVectra BioVectra is a CDMO that serves global pharmaceutical and biotech companies with full-service cGMP outsourcing solutions for intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients. An innovative and reliable service partner with a strong regulatory history, BioVectra has over 45 years of experience specializing in:
- cGMP Microbial Fermentation
- Complex Chemistry – High Potency APIs
- Formulation Development
Halifax-based breast imaging analytics company Densitas has announced a collaboration with TeleMammography Specialists of Decatur, Georgia, that will improve the quality of breast screening offered to more than 60,000 women annually.
TeleMammography Specialists is an international teleradiology services provider and will be the first U.S. beta user for the new densitasquality solution, the company said in a statement. The product will improve the communications and information sharing needed to meet FDA guidelines.
TeleMammography Specialists also plan to implement the recently released densitasdensity automated breast density assessment software.
“Our goal is to provide tools that reduce the documentation, process and communication burdens of meeting EQUIP (FDA) guidelines and enables sustainable delivery of quality assurance across the mammography enterprise,” Mohamed Abdolell, CEO of Densitas, said in the statement.
News Release: Precision BioLogic Launches Product to Improve Inhibitor Testing for People with Hemophilia A
HALIFAX, February 11, 2019—Precision BioLogic Inc., a leading developer of hemostasis diagnostic products, is pleased to announce the availability of its new CRYOcheck Factor VIII Inhibitor Kit in Canada, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand following market authorization by Health Canada and respective in-country regulatory authorities last month.
The presence of factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors reduces therapy effectiveness and is one of the most complex and costly complications for people with hemophilia A. Because of this, it is important for clinical laboratories to have a testing system that can accurately and precisely quantify FVIII inhibitors in patient samples.
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See the full Entrevestor article here Halifax-based Beyond Food Inc. has closed a $1 million funding round to help it launch its system that will convert aging supermarket produce into a powdered food supplement. The company issued a press release this week saying it raised the money from a range of investors, including several National Hockey League players. The company’s website shows that it plans now to develop its first Zero Waste Pod this month and to launch its first partnership with a national supermarket chain in April. The company was formed two years ago with a core of sports and health enthusiasts. Its mission is to reduce food wastage, which now amounts to $31 billion a year in Canada alone, by finding supermarket produce that is about to be tossed out and using it to make a nutritional food supplement. It sells nutrition products under the brand TDF Sports. “We are building a revolutionary technology and company,” said Co-Founder and CEO Darren Burke in a statement. “Our Zero Waste Pod is a first in this race to tackle the large challenges related to the excessive food waste occurring in North America and beyond.” ]]>
Opportunity Our bionic knee braces offer a better way for people to stay mobile, active and healthy. We are looking for a skilled and dedicated marketing professional to help bring our groundbreaking products to the people who need them. This is not an entry-level position, we are seeking applicants with 2-5 years of digital marketing experience. If you have experience working with marketing automation, web content management and optimization, content marketing and digital advertising, this position will offer you an opportunity to hone your skills in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Company Overview Spring Loaded is an award-winning company, focused on mobility-restoring bionics. Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, we sell braces direct-to-consumers across Canada and the US. We incorporate patented liquid spring technology into the world’s first compact and powerful bionic knee braces. Spring Loaded braces are the only ones on the market designed to reduce pressure throughout the knee while enhancing strength. They can instantly alleviate pain and improve mobility for people with knee arthritis and injuries. We are growing rapidly, were named Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year at the 2018 Export Achievement Awards, and were one of 10 Canadian technology companies accepted into the 2017-2018 cohort of the prestigious Lazaridis Scale Up Program. Responsibilities
- Design, implement and optimize marketing automation initiatives to manage and nurture leads and customers using Hubspot and Salesforce. Work closely with Sales and Customer Success to achieve measurable improvements in the process.
- Implement and monitor initiatives that drive customer acquisition across digital (and occasionally offline) channels including digital advertising, content marketing and SEO, email, and social platforms.
- Assist with the roll out of our content strategy and the production of creative assets to be used across various channels.
- Assist with the development and management of our website, landing pages and social media accounts.
- Test and analyze landing pages and digital user experiences.
- Report on the progress of digital marketing activities using analytics and reporting tools such as spreadsheets, Google Analytics, Google Data Studio, Hubspot and Salesforce.
- 2 to 5 years professional experience in a digital marketing capacity.
- Strong communication skills, including excellent writing.
- Ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders while developing and documenting process.
- Demonstrated experience working with marketing automation tools like Hubspot.
- Familiarity with HTML and CSS, and experience working with WordPress or similar CMS.
- Experience optimizing digital marketing activities using web analytics tools like Google Analytics and Hotjar.
- Familiarity with Adobe design software or similar.
- Proficiency with spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software.
- Experience using Facebook and Google advertising platforms a plus.
- Knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
- Experience marketing a healthcare product a plus.
- Video editing experience a plus.
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Casual Relief Position Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. We work to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Our goal is to help those start-ups commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology. Although early stage investment is at the core of our business model, we also give entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. We seek a Casual Relief Receptionist/Administrative Assistant who is interested in working on an on-call basis to provide vacation relief and occasional support for administrative employees located at two locations, one in Dartmouth and one in Halifax. Shifts will vary from between four to eight hours during weekdays, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Professional, self-motivated, highly organized and customer service oriented, the successful candidate will provide a range of reception and administrative services to the staff and business incubation clients of Innovacorp. Duties: • Reception: including telephone, client, guest, couriers and walk-ins • Preparation of outgoing letter mail and courier packages • Preparation and updating of correspondence, reports, spreadsheets, etc. • Faxing, photocopying, collating, binding, filing, mail distribution • Assistance with inventory, invoicing and record keeping • Event preparation and coordination such as room bookings, scheduling, room set-up and catering arrangements • Maintenance of order and cleanliness of common areas, etc. Qualifications, Skills and Abilities: • Minimum Grade 12 education and completion of a recognized secretarial or administrative program with 1-3 years’ related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Simply Accounting (or similar application), and internet search tools • Strong time management and organizational skills, and attention to detail • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communications skills including telephone etiquette skills • Effective team member and relationship builder who works well independently Please apply via one of the following methods: Note: Please quote Casual Relief Position in the subject line. Also, please submit in Word format your resume and a cover letter outlining why casual, on-call work suits your situation. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Mail – Attention: Human Resources 1871 Hollis Street, Suite 400 Halifax, NS B3J 0C3 Fax – 902.424.4679 For more information about Innovacorp, visit www.innovacorp.ca. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.]]>
Opportunity Alentic Microscience is looking to hire a hard-working programmer to add to their highly skilled team of professionals. In this role, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining all internal software programs. With flexible hours, this position can be a full-time or part-time. Company Overview Alentic Microscience has developed a groundbreaking new imaging technology that provides high resolution without the use of lenses. Alentic has been able to develop small, lightweight yet robust devices that can capture images at high resolution in many important clinical and industrial analysis applications. Job Duties
- Create and maintain internal software programs
- Debug programs by testing for and fixing errors
- Code and test programming for internal use
- Operate and control devices with device driver
- Control devices using an embedded system
- Interact with electronic devices using user interface programming
- Ensure all programming tools and devices are working efficiently
- Other job duties as assigned
- Bachelor degree in computer science, mathematics, information systems, or a related field, or a college diploma in a related field with applicable experience
- Experience with programming is a requirement
- Recent graduates with suitable experience will be considered for the position
- General programming skills
- Skilled in device driver and hardware control
- Familiar with embedded systems
- Experience with user interface programming
- Analytical Skills
- Attention to detail
Director of Finance and Operations Adaptiiv Medical Technologies Inc. is looking for an experienced Director of Finance and Operations to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. You will work directly with the company’s co-founders and be responsible for the efficiency of business. This role is a key member of the senior management team. You’ll have to maintain control of diverse business operations, so we expect you to be an experienced and efficient leader. If you also have excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics, we’d like to meet you. The goal of this position is to streamline the functionality of our business to drive extensive and sustainable growth. Responsibilities • Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures • Implement policies that promote company culture and vision • Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of executives (IT, Marketing, Sales, Finance etc.) • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics • Write and submit reports to the co-founders in all matters of importance Requirements • Proven experience in leading accounting and operations • Understanding of business functions such as HR, Finance, marketing etc. • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics • Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and Office 365 • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving • CA, CMA, MBA is a plus • Experience implementing and executing a Quality Management System to ISO Standards • Audit capability for both accounting and quality management system within the ISO domain Please submit your resume and cover letter to Peter at email@example.com.]]>
- Maintaining and modifying algorithms for image analysis collected in retinal pathology research.
- Writing/maintaining documentation and SOPs supporting the use of retinal analysis algorithms
- Writing and performing test procedures to evaluate performance and reliability
- Performing analyses, generating reports, and discussing the results in weekly meetings.
- Maintaining and modifying existing software modules to address limitations and improve performance
- Bachelor’s degree or above in Computer Science or Engineering
- Working experience with Matlab and signal analysis methods
- Accomplished troubleshooting skills and the ability to swiftly implement fixes to defective code
- Experience with GPU-based computing using technologies like OpenGL, OpenCL or CUDA
- Understanding of and experience working with the IEC 62304 or ISO 13485 quality standards
- An understanding of medical imaging technologies like MRI, fluorescein angiography (FA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT)
- A working knowledge of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard
- Strong attention to detail including clear, concise and thorough documentation skills
- Ability to listen and develop a deep understanding of project, product and client requirements
- Ability to prioritize responsibilities and to multi-task to complete tasks in a timely manner
- Strong self-initiative and work ethic
- Demonstrated ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team environment