Paperplane Therapeutics offers cognitive-behavioural therapies in virtual reality (VR)
that are purpose-built and clinically validated to improve pain and anxiety management for patients receiving medical care. Its research on VR and children’s pain management was recently featured in an article in the Profession Santé journal.
3F Waste Recovery is a Newfoundland-based company working with local fishers, farmers and foresters to extract premium quality, sustainable and natural ingredients from their by-products.
“3F is so fortunate to have the support of organizations like District 3,” says business communications specialist David Caldwell. “Thanks to the EFFERVESCENCE competition, we’ve been able to secure quality mentorship, a healthy research and development environment and top-quality lab facilities.”
HDAX Therapeutics is developing a small molecule-based targeted therapeutics platform for the safe and efficacious treatment of histone deacetylase (HDAC)-driven pathologies such as cancers, neuropathic indications and neurodegenerative disorders. Co-founder Nabanita Nawar was recognized as the 2022 Rising Star by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research.
“We are humbled to be awarded both the District 3 prize and the grand prize at the EFFERVESCENCE pitch competition,” Nawar says. “We’re beyond thrilled to receive this recognition, which will help us advance our platform closer toward the clinics.”
More startup success
The three in-kind prize winners aren’t the only District 3 startups getting noticed lately. Ivano Bioscience was recently recognized by BioQuébec. Co-founder Juliette Camball received the Global Impact Entrepreneur Award from Mitacs. In 2023 Ivano Bioscience will launch its first product, which will accelerate the development of new vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases.
Such accolades demonstrate the impact District 3 is having across the LSHT sector and beyond.
“The services we provide around driving business traction — customer traction, funding traction and product traction — are aligned to the unique needs of each business,” Bégin says.
“We call it giving research-backed ventures the right love at the right time.”
Applications to District 3 Innovation Hub programs are currently open for life science startups.