The BIOTECanada Gold Leaf Awards were presented during a ceremony at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, CA at the Canada Place Pavilion with Saskatoon’s Agrisoma receiving the prestigious “Company of the Year” honour.
Other winners included Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (Emerging Health), Ceapro Inc. (Emerging Agriculture), Medicago Inc. (Game Changing Technology), Sanofi Group Inc. (Contribution to Canadian Communities) and David Main for Industry Leadership.
“These winning companies are symbolic of the industry broadly and the opportunity biotech innovation represents. From life saving vaccines, technologies offering lessened environmental impact, innovative medicines, and reinvigorating traditional industries, all facets of the Canadian biotech industry are represented by this year’s group of Award winners,” commented Andrew Casey, president and CEO BIOTECanada.
BIOTECanada sponsors the awards, which are nominated and judged by biotechnology industry leaders.
Headquartered in Saskatoon, Agrisoma is an agricultural company that has commercialized carinata, a non-food oilseed crop designed for sustainable production of biofuels. Sourcing most of its crops from southern Saskatchewan, Agrisoma sells carinata seed products under the Resonance® brand name that delivers a reliable source of renewable oil that can be used as a “drop in” feedstock for biojet and biodiesel fuel manufacturing processes.
“Agrisoma is honored to receive the Gold Leaf Award,” stated Steven Fabijanski, Agrisoma president and CEO. “Agrisoma’s Resonance® Carinata, Canada’s first non-food crop that produces oil uniquely suited for biofuel production, was used to fuel the world’s first 100 per cent renewable biojet fuel flight here in Canada. Agrisoma has worked hard to demonstrate how our industry provides sustainable solutions as well as the role of biotechnology in securing our energy future.”
Casey added that “Agrisoma’s innovation is a fantastic demonstration of how biotechnology helps to provide the solutions needed to address the pressing challenges facing our society and environment. The vision and dedication of Agrisoma offers inspiration
and promise for the economy and society more broadly.”