Seven Startups Present at BioPort

by | Sep 14, 2023 | News

From Entrevestor

By Avery Mullin, Sept. 13, 2023.

The annual life sciences conference also included an announcement that industry group BioNova is rebranding to Life Sciences Nova Scotia.

This year’s BioPort life sciences summit in Halifax came complete not just with a selection of presentations from pre-seed and seed-stage startups, but also an announcement: provincial industry group and conference organizer BioNova is now Life Sciences Nova Scotia.

Chief Executive Sean Awalt, who has held the role for a year, announced the rebrand to a sold-out conference at the Halifax Marriot Harbourfront Wednesday.

“This isn’t just a name change,” said Awalt to the tune of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. “It’s a reflection of our evolving goals and aspirations.”

Biotechnology, which the organization’s original name references, usually refers to innovations that leverage biological processes for other purposes. But Life Sciences Nova Scotia, now in its 30th year, works with companies ranging from medical device-makers to information technology companies like medical consulting platform Virtual Hallway.

The startup pitches, meanwhile, were divided into a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning session featured a trio of pre-seed companies, while a quartet of seed-stage companies pitched in the afternoon.

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