Introducing the next chapter in Niagara’s evolving bioscience story Three innovative companies have taken up residence at BioLinc, Niagara’s biosciences incubator—Trivium Industries, RegenaStem and Exact Delivery Inc.
BY CASSIE PRICE
Niagara has long been known for its rich history in bioscience. We have firmly established ourselves as a grape and tender fruit growing region, largely thanks to the fertile soil of the Great Lakes Basin.
In order to protect our unique microclimate, in 1990 the Niagara Escarpment was named a “World Biosphere Reserve.”
Niagara’s bioscience story continues to evolve. The next chapter progresses to biodegradable and fully compostable bottles; stem cell research; and marrying technology with science. All of these amazing stories intersect at BioLinc.
The Goodman School of Business BioLinc is part of Innovate Niagara’s network of incubators and helps transform today’s leading-edge research opportunities into tomorrow’s robust business opportunities.
An important word around BioLinc is “collaboration’ and with collaboration comes opportunity. BioLinc is a biosciences incubator that emphasizes collaboration by removing the barriers that stand between innovative ideas and commercial success.
BioLinc officially launched in September 2013 and has now accepted three companies to reside within its space. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to these innovative companies that are part of Niagara’s evolving bioscience story.
Trivium Industries manufactures biodegradable and compostable cosmetic bottles in Welland, Ontario. The corn-based containers look and function essentially the exact same way as plastic but decompose within 180 days of being buried. Trivium’s president, David D’Angelo is a recent Brock University graduate and also comes from an entrepreneurial family and while at Brock, David began the early plans for Trivium Industries in an entrepreneurship class. Trivium Industries is working with Brock University researcher Dr. Paul Zelisko at BioLinc on developing a coating for Trivium’s biodegradable containers.
RegenaStem is focused on developing safe, effective and cost efficient adult stem cell solutions of Canadians. RegenaStem’s work involves identifying human adult adipose stem cells (yes, that’s human fat) for treatment of many degenerative diseases. RegenaStem is working with Brock University researcher Dr. Jeff Stuart to conduct research refining protocols and techniques for the isolation of stem cells. RegenaStem’s president and chairman is Jason Kane. In a recent meeting with Jason I had the opportunity to hear how Jason started RegenaStem and I must say that I am looking forward to the continued research and success of RegenaStem.
Exact Delivery Inc (EDI).
EDI is a liquid technology platform company that develops new market driven technologies for the health and hygiene sectors. The president of EDI is Brock University PhD candidate Drew Marquardt. This aspiring entrepreneur started EDI in 2012. EDI is working with Brock University researcher Dr. Thad Harroun from the Physics department.
All three companies will be joining us at BioLinc working in the wet laboratories and shared office space. The future looks bright for these companies and I am happy to have them hang their hats at BioLinc.
Cassie Price is the BioLinc Coordinator for BioLinc at Brock University. The Goodman School of Business BioLinc is part of Innovate Niagara’s network on incubators and helps connect scientific discovery with business opportunity. For more information please visit www.brocku.ca/biolinc.