TORONTO, November 30, 2016 – Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) today announced its 2017 LSO Award Winners, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the province’s life sciences sector. The awards will be presented at LSO’s Annual Awards Gala on March 1, 2017 at Toronto’s Liberty Grand.
“This year’s LSO Award recipients represent the very best within our sector,” says Paul Lucas, Chair of LSO’s Board of Directors. “We are incredibly lucky to have this calibre of talent here in Ontario, and we’re pleased to be able to recognize these individuals and their contributions.”
LSO President and CEO, Jason Field, notes that Ontario’s life sciences sector is vital to our province’s economic and social prosperity, and its success is fuelled by the contributions of talented and hardworking individuals.
“The LSO Awards are an important part of our mandate to amplify the voice of Ontario’s life sciences sector, and advocate for its ongoing growth,” says Field. “We need to be vocal about our wins: recognizing the people and companies behind our success is a crucial part of that.”
“Synaptive Medical is thrilled to accept the Life Sciences Ontario award for Company of the Year,” says Cameron Piron, president and co-founder. “We’re proud to be an Ontario-based medical device and technology company growing our R&D, manufacturing and corporate headquarters here in Canada. Since our founding in 2012, we’ve expanded from six people to approximately three hundred employees across North America and launched eight commercial products in three countries. With General Atlantic on board as a strategic partner, we’re scaling our international expansion and exporting Canadian know-how to the world. We congratulate our fellow award recipients: there’s never been a more exciting time for Ontario’s life sciences and medical technology ecosystem.”
Life Science Company of the Year
Synaptive Medical – represented by Cameron Piron, President and Co-founder
Synaptive is a medical device and technology company that develops integrated solutions to improve the process of healthcare delivery from diagnosis to interventions, and beyond. Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs, Synaptive has launched eight products in the United States and Canada in four years through collaboration with renowned surgeons who specialize in complex brain and spine surgery. Synaptive aims to revolutionize the healthcare industry by crossing traditional barriers in and beyond the operating room. For example, their BrightMatter technology supports a multi-disciplinary approach to providing improved outcomes with advanced imaging, surgical planning, navigation, visualization, and informatics. For more information, visit: webdev.synaptivemedical.com.
This award recognizes an Ontario-based company that has demonstrated strong leadership and achieved significant milestones in life sciences research and development, through working to commercialize innovative products. It is open to all early-stage companies from the broader life sciences community, including (but not limited to) human health, agri-food, and industrial biotechnology.
Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and full event details for the LSO Annual Awards Gala are available on LSO’s website: www.lifesciencesontario.ca/events/awardsGala.
About Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) | Life Sciences Ontario is a member-driven organization that represents and promotes the province’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector. LSO collaborates with governments, academia, industry, and other life science organizations in Ontario and across Canada to promote and encourage commercial success throughout the sector. Membership in Life Sciences Ontario includes individuals, students, emerging companies, investors, service providers, and companies with marketed products. The organization provides a wide range of networking and educational events, and operates a mentorship program that is helping to develop highly-skilled talent and build new business opportunities for the life sciences sector. LSO is an effective conduit for delivering policy options to governments, and is dedicated to promoting Ontario’s life sciences sector internationally.
About Synaptive Medical | Synaptive Medical Inc., a Toronto-based medical device and technology company, made up of a talented team of scientists, engineers and locally-based customer care specialists and business experts. In collaboration with leading clinicians and healthcare systems, Synaptive is revolutionizing products and services that cross traditional barriers to enable continuous improvement in care delivery, in and beyond the operating room. Their integrated BrightMatter™ solutions, including surgical planning, navigation and visualization, and informatics platform, are designed to give clinicians the information they need to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.
Sherrie Van Oss