Emerging Company - Ind.&Ag

Award Description

The recipients of this award are pre-commercialization companies and are recognized for their potential. They will have distinguished themselves from their peers with demonstrated technology innovation and achieved milestones.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits - 2013

Early Stage Company of the Year - Industrial & Agriculture Award

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) is a dynamic agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in the development of novel tree fruit varieties with value-added traits. This privately owned, grower-led company was founded in 1996 by bioresource engineer and orchardist Neal Carter, and is headquartered in Summerland, BC.

OSF’s flagship project is the development of Arctic® apples, which are truly nonbrowning. Using gene-silencing technology, any existing apple variety can now be enhanced with the nonbrowning trait. Arctic apples benefit growers, packers, processors, retailers, foodservice and consumers by reducing food waste and shrinkage, increasing packout quality, offering enhanced convenience and exciting new product options.

In 2012, OSF achieved major milestones in the rigorous review processes required to commercialize biotech foods in both Canada and the United States. Public comment periods on Arctic apples began on May 2nd in Canada and September 11th in the U.S., marking two of the final requirements before deregulation, which is anticipated in the U.S. in 2013 and Canada in 2014.

OSF president Neal Carter is passionate about public education on the value of agricultural biotechnology, and in Oct. 2012 delivered a presentation on this topic at a TEDx event in Penticton, BC.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology presents Neal Carter, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, with the award for EARLY STAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR - INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURE

2001- 2012 Past Award Recipients

2012 - BioAmber
2011 - EnWave Corporation (see profile)
2010 - CO2 Solution Inc. (see profile)
2009 - Zymeworks Inc. (see profile)
2008 - Lignol Energy Corp.
*2007 - Technologie Biolactis
2006 - MBEC Bioproducts
2005 - Performance Plants, Kingston, ON

*Prior to 2008, BIOTECanada's annual awards program was known as the National Biotechnology Awards with recognition for companies and this award was called "Promising Early Stage company(s) Recognition".

Early Stage Company of the Year - Industrial/Agriculture 2013 Nominees

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.
Solegear Bioplastics Inc.

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