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Join the Bio Revolution

District 3 Bio Stream

We support founders leveraging biomanufacturing and bioengineering in accelerating their commercialization potential and contribute to building Canada’s bioeconomy in sectors such as biopharma, agri-food, clean technologies and biomaterials. Guided by our core values, we work with startups that incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance propositions.

What You Gain

1:1 Objectives-Based Coaching

Experienced coaches and advisors guide you to reach your milestones, whether it’s honing your pitch to secure funding, increasing sales, expanding to international markets, recruiting the right talent, and much more.

Tailored Just-in-Time Learning

Participate in bio and industry-specific workshops and the best-in-class training to acquire the competencies necessary to succeed at all stages of your journey.

Community & Access to State of the Art Labs and Workspace

Build your network and develop strategic collaborations with local and global experts in biopharma, agri-food, clean technologies and biomaterials sectors from academia and industry and the investor community. Access to the state-of-the-art biohub laboratory and the Concordia Genome Foundry.

Access to the Biohub lab is the game changer that we need to
commercialize important applications like antibody testing for
infectious diseases and other urgent challenges facing our society.”

Ludovic Live, Ph.D, Affinité Instruments

Our Programs

QCSE

An online lab-to-market program that helps scientists explore entrepreneurship and the commercial applications of their academic research. Scientists learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, evaluate the market potential, and learn what it takes to commercialize their scientific discoveries before taking the leap.
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Validation

Designed for startup teams with little or no customer traction for their bio-based solution, this three-month intensive cohort-based program will help you define their target market, develop a deep understanding of their customers, and design a business model to build a viable company.

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion | Canada

The XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a four-year, $15M competition that will incentivize teams to produce chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish. We are animating the Canadian ecosystem by supporting teams with research, business, and product development.

Market Discovery

An 8-week program for early-stage scientific entrepreneurs in bio innovation who want to commercialize their research but need support in finding the right research-market fit. Founders gain the knowledge, skills, and network to identify and evaluate potential market opportunities to build a viable business in biotech and life sciences.

Launch & Grow

For startups with validated business models with initial traction through customers, letters of intent, or initial investment, our customized, individualized program includes 1-1 objectives-based coaching, access to an international network of academic, clinical and industrial partners and investors operating in bio.

Global Expansion Services

GlobalX is designed to help you at each stage of your startup journeyfrom validating your business model, identifying your first international target to build on your long-term global expansion strategy and meet investors.
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Access to Biohub Lab

Dedicated to District 3 founders, the BioHub provides state-of-the-art dry and wet laboratories and co-working space to help you develop successful products based on scientific discoveries and ideas.

Lab Benches and Technical Equipment including:
Cell Culture & Molecular Biology
Analytics
Chemistry
General Instruments & Cold Storage

Access to the Concordia Genome Foundry

The Genome Foundry is a pioneering facility that combines cutting-edge robotics with biology, enabling scientists to execute work at significant scales and speeds.

Automated DNA assembly
Liquid handling robots & plate readers
Flow cytometry & cell sorting
Dedicated microbial & mammalian automated suites
Staff scientists to help you develop and scale your project

Our Coaches & Advisors

Edna Chosack
Senior Coach, Healthcare Stream Lead
Edna Chosack
Senior Coach, Healthcare Stream Lead

Senior Coach, Healthcare Stream Lead

With a wealth of international experience in taking ideas to marketalways at the dynamic intersection of where entrepreneurship and experiential learning meetEdna Chosack, M.Sc., MBA, is the Healthcare Stream lead and Senior Coach at District 3. 

As the co-founder and VP, Strategic Marketing at Simbionix Inc., Edna co-built the company into an international surgical-simulation leader, becoming internationally recognized as one of a few experts who leverage medical-simulation experiential learning into business success stories. 3D Systems acquired the company for $120M USD.

In Montreal, she established and served as Director of CAE’s surgical-simulation business line. She was a member of the advisory committee at McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning. She held her consultancy services for private internationals in the US, Europe & China, as well as for Canadian customers such as the Canadian National Research Council.

Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director, District 3 
Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director, District 3 

Executive Director, District 3 

Xavier-Henri Hervé has a 25 years track record for transforming strategic plans for innovations into business on an international scale. An engineer, Hervé leverages 20 years of experience in several technologies and engineering intensive domains such as aviation, information systems, simulation, and green tech, at Mechtronix, Oracle Corporation, CAE Electronics and Bombardier. Hervé enjoys a worldwide network built in over fifty countries. In 2011, Hervé was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Concordia University’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, as well as a bachelor of engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University. 

Ana Fernandez, Ph.D
Life Sciences Coordinator
Ana Fernandez, Ph.D
Life Sciences Coordinator

Coordinator, Life Sciences, District 3 

Ana’s multi-facetted role touches all aspects of District 3’s ever evolving Life Sciences stream and BioHub where she helps foster the powerful intersection between scientific research and entrepreneurship. By ideating and supporting the implementation of different initiatives and programs, her work paves the lab-to-market path to create high-impact Life Sciences and biotech companies. Ana animates a dynamic ecosystem involving researchers, entrepreneurs, public agencies, investors, and top industry mentors to proactively create opportunities based on the unique needs scientific entrepreneurs. 

Prior to District 3, Ana completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University and an MSc in Behavioural Sciences at the Max Planck Research School in Tübingen, Germany.  Her work on decision making, impairments in brain function and cognitive rehabilitation has secured her over $100k in awards. Ana is passionate about innovation and bridging the gap between science and business.

 

Gleice Leite
Laboratory Technician, District 3 Biohub
Gleice Leite
Laboratory Technician, District 3 Biohub

Laboratory Technician, District 3 Biohub

With over 10 years of combined experience in scientific research and clinical pathology laboratories, Gleice has extensive expertise in “in vitro” antimicrobial combinations against multidrug-resistant bacterias. Her work has contributed to several publications and the development of methodologies in this field.

Vincent Martin, Ph.D
Chief Scientific Officer
Vincent Martin, Ph.D
Chief Scientific Officer

Chief Scientific Officer 

Vincent Martin is an Associate Professor in Microbiology in the Department of Biology at Concordia University and holds the Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Engineering. He obtained a B.Sc. in Microbiology from McGill University (1989), an M.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph (1993) and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia (1999) under the supervision of Dr. Bill Mohn, where he elucidated the metabolic pathway for plant diterpene biodegradation in Pseudomonas. His post-doctoral studies were performed with Dr. Jay Keasling at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he engineered E. coli for over-production of isoprenoids. In 2003, he joined the Physical Biosciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The same year, with help from a $43 million grant from the Gates Foundation, he co-founded Amyris Biotechnologies where he currently serves as a scientific advisor. 

In 2004, he joined Concordia University as an Assistant Professor, Vincent Martin’s interests are focused on the metabolic engineering of microbes for the degradation of plant biomass and the production of commodity and high value chemicals. He is the project co-leader for a recently funded $13.6 million Genome Canada grant aimed at the commercial production of high-value plant metabolites in microbial fermentation systems. Vincent Martin is also the fermentation theme leader for the AAFC Cellulosic Biofuels and the NSERC Bioconversion Networks. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, Bioengineered Bugs and the Water, Air and Soil Pollution journal.

Mahzad Sharifahmadian, Ph.D
Life Science Manager
Mahzad Sharifahmadian, Ph.D
Life Science Manager

Life Sciences Fellow & Biohub Manager, District 3

Mahzad Sharifahmadian is the Life Sciences Fellow and Biohub Manager at District 3. She empowers life sciences researchers to bring their research to market, and has built a network of research experts for collaboration and co-creation to solve societal and industry challenges. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine from Université de Montréal, with expertise and publications on the design and development of novel drugs for antibiotic-resistant infections. While finishing her Ph.D., she co-founded Rubisco, a biotech company offering point-of-care diagnosis of pathogens (dissolved in 2018).

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FAQ

Who is eligible to apply to District 3’s Bio Stream?

Early-stage scientific entrepreneurs and startups and entrepreneurs leveraging bioengineering and biomanufacturing to accelerate their commercialization potential in biopharma, agri-food, clean and sustainable technologies and biomaterials. 

Do the programs take place in person or virtually?

Currently, programs are taking place virtually.

Is there an application deadline?

We accept startups on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Note that it may take up to 2 weeks after you submitted an application for us to respond. We will notify you whether your application has been accepted or rejected. 

How long is the program?

Programs vary from 3 months to 24 months.

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