MONTREAL, June 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Ingenio, a subsidiary of
Loto-Québec, awarded its $5,000 Research and Development Prize to
Montréal company Tactus Scientific during the Grands Prix nationaux
awards ceremony held at the Centre des congrès de Québec on June 20,
2012, as part of the 14th annual Québec Entrepreneurship Contest. The event was attended by
nearly 800 guests.
As Loto-Québec's R&D arm, Ingenio has been a partner of the Québec
Entrepreneurship Contest for the past 12 years, giving concrete
expression to the company's desire to support new businesses. The
Ingenio prize is awarded to the company that, of the 17 finalists from
throughout the province, most distinguished itself through its
contribution to research and development in a specific sector by
supplementing its main activities with innovative accomplishments or
Tactus Scientific designs, produces and markets ultra-accurate sensors
for applications in the scientific, industrial and medical fields.
These detectors help researchers measure the mechanical properties of
biological cells to understand and detect illnesses or devise new
After more than two years of experimentation, Tactus Scientific created
the Mosquito in 2010, which is an optical fiber tactile sensor able to measure
microscopic forces and displacement. The two inventors, Tiberius
Brastaviceanu and Ivan Pavlov came up with the idea for the device
during their work in a physiology lab at McGill University.
Dissatisfied with the tools at their disposal, they decided to
independently develop an instrument that would better meet their needs.
The Mosquito, Tactus Scientific's first sensor, is so accurate that researchers are
able to perform tactile sensing of individual cells to determine their
response to experimental treatments. The McGill University Health
Centre and the Montréal Heart Institute are two of the company's
clients and partners.
"The Mosquito will be on the market very soon," said François Bergeron, one Tactus
Scientific's promoters and scientist with additional training in
business administration. "The prize awarded by Ingenio comes at an
ideal time, as it will support our marketing plan, particularly the
development of our web site and our participation in trade shows." The
company was founded in May 2011 by Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Ivan Pavlov
and François Bergeron. Electronics engineer Jonathan Olesik joined them
later. The team at Tactus Scientific brings together a variety of
experts, particularly in nuclear medicine, radiobiology and physics. In
all, the four members of the group are able to speak six languages.
The selection panel chose Tactus Scientific because the product it
presented resulted from a long and consistent research and development
process. In addition, the entrepreneurs possess recognized expertise in
their field, and the project is supported by serious stakeholders in
the industry. "The tactile sensors designed by Tactus Scientific can
make a real contribution in a number of sectors," said François
Sansregret, Director of Ingenio's Project Office and Chair of the
panel. "We believe that this company will have a positive influence and
are pleased to give it a leg-up in its early stages."
About Ingenio - Created in 1998, Loto-Québec's R&D arm focuses primarily on the
development of new lottery and gaming products, as well as new
distribution methods, with an emphasis on international markets. Over
the past few years, Ingenio has made its mark through the originality
of its interactive multimedia lottery games and its use of the latest
technologies. Further information, visit ingenio-quebec.com.
Image with caption: "François Sansregret, Director of Ingenio's Project Office, Jonathan Olesik, François Bergeron, Tiberius Brastaviceanu and Ivan Pavlov from Tactus Scientific (CNW Group/LOTO-QUEBEC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120628_C5148_PHOTO_EN_15839.jpg
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