Ontario Shines Spotlight On Innovation



    Premier's Innovation Awards Support New Ideas, Knowledge Economy

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    A one-shot vaccine that protects children from five diseases and a new
type of hearing aid are among thirteen outstanding scientific achievements
recognized today at the 2009 Premier's Innovation Awards.
    Ontario celebrated the ideas, imagination and innovation of its top
researchers and entrepreneurs, awarding a total of $12.95 million to the
science and business winners.
    The award recipients are working to conquer disease, find solutions to
climate change and develop advanced digital technologies. Their research and
development is helping to create Ontario's next generation of jobs.

    
    Award recipients included:

    -   Best Young Innovator: Dr. Bin Ma, whose company Bioinformatics
        Solutions Inc. provides accurate and rapid protein identification
        which helps accelerate drug development to treat a host of diseases.
    -   Innovator of the Year: Dr. Navid Zargari, who was instrumental in
        developing the world's first transformer-free medium voltage motor
        drive, a technology that is helping make manufacturing and industry
        more energy-efficient, reliable and competitive.
    -   Start-up Company with the Best Innovation: Cinevate, a Thunder Bay
        company whose camera adapter equipment is revolutionizing filmmaking
        and capturing the attention of the film and video industry worldwide.

    Awards were given in three categories: Catalyst, Discovery and Summit.
    

    QUOTES

    "These award winners are turning great ideas into products and services
for global markets. Their work will help keep Ontario competitive and create
jobs."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "The Premier's Innovation Awards are a testament of Ontario's world-class
research and innovation strength. This important occasion celebrates the
people whose talents, skills and dedication are creating a better world and a
brighter future for us all."
    - John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation

    "MaRS is particularly honoured to be the administrator of the Premier's
Summit Award for Medical Research, one of the largest research prizes in
Canada, and recognizing truly exceptional world leading accomplishments. Every
Canadian should be proud that these pioneering science leaders live and work
in Ontario."
    - Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Ontario is investing $100 million
        (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/GL2050409.asp) to attract and
        retain world-leading genomics researchers.

    -   Ontario is the largest hub of biomedical activity in Canada and the
        fourth largest biomedical research centre in North America.

    -   Dr. David Bentley from the University of Western Ontario
        (http://www.uwo.ca/) is the first recipient of a Discovery Award for
        Arts and Humanities.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Ontario's innovation
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/oia/program.asp) agenda.

    Have an innovative idea? See if Ontario's Next Generation of Jobs Fund
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/nextgen_main_en.jsp) can help you.

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