Premier's Innovation Awards Support New Ideas, Knowledge Economy
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -
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.
"These award winners are turning great ideas into products and services
for global markets. Their work will help keep Ontario competitive and create
- 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
- Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District
- 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.
Read more about Ontario's innovation
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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