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A word from Nivatha Balendra

    This past quarter has been particularly special as we clocked in one year of running my company, Dispersa, on October 29. It’s humbling to see how an idea turned into a working reality in just 12 months. It all started with a vision: developing my environmental microbiology research into a product that could […]

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An update from Nivatha Balendra

What’s the best news you received this quarter about your business? A lot of great things happened for Dispersa that have helped us grow as a company. For one, we’ve moved into a new company lab space located at Centre Québécois d’Innovation en Biotechnologie (CQIB) in Laval. By being a CQIB-supported startup, we’re part of […]

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Catching up with Nivatha Balendra

How do you enjoy juggling business operations (IP, hiring, governance, etc.) with technology development? It’s been an incredibly enriching experience to be involved in every aspect of the business thus far. Having started my company about six months ago, it’s been an exciting period of self-growth in terms of acquiring business and financial knowledge. Being […]

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A conversation with Nivatha Balendra

What is your company trying to do? At Dispersa Inc., we’re developing a solution for the oil and gas industry, a sector that often uses expensive and toxic methods of remediating oil contamination sites. Our technology will harness the power of oil-degrading bacteria to create an effective alternative that is novel, 100 per cent biodegradable […]

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Undergrad scientist wants to master entrepreneurship

Nivatha Balendra has already achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. A proud Montrealais, Nivatha has discovered and named her own bacteria, received the World Economic Forum Prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and started a non-profit that mentors young scientists. And she’s just 22 years old. “It’s surreal,” she […]

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