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  • A conversation with Luna Yu

    What is your company trying to do? Genecis is trying to reprogram bacteria to convert low-value waste into high-value materials. We are developing a synthetic biology platform to create bacteria that eats carbons from waste and turns it into premium materials like biodegradable plastics. Now that you’re a finalist, you have about two years ahead […]

    March 22, 2019

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  • A conversation with Alexandra Tavasoli

    What is your company trying to do? Solistra converts CO2 into liquid fuels using solar-activated nanomaterials called photocatalysts. These light-activated photocatalysts are our principal technology. By shining light directly onto our photocatalytic materials, we can activate a CO2-photocatalyst reaction system to begin the transformation of CO2 to downstream products. In the long-term, Solistra wants to […]

    March 11, 2019

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  • A conversation with Julie Angus

    What is your company trying to do? Our goal is to transform how we understand and protect our waters by helping build an Internet of Things for the ocean. We are developing energy-harvesting autonomous boats equipped with sensors and cameras to make oceanic observations that can be relayed instantly. We offer a safer, more efficient […]

    February 25, 2019

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  • A conversation with Amanda Hall

    What is your company trying to do? Summit Nanotech wants to “green up” the lithium mining industry, increasing the yield of lithium production in a way that’s less harmful to the environment. The solution lies in a field of nanoscience that I have been working in for quite some time. Now that you’re a finalist, […]

    February 11, 2019

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  • Alexandra Tavasoli wants to fill the gaps in our clean energy future

    Over the coming months, MaRS will showcase each of the incredible finalists from our Women in Cleantech Challenge. In this installment, we profile finalist Alexandra Tavasoli. When most people think of clean energy, they might picture gleaming solar plants or sleek electric cars. But not PhD candidate and Solistra CEO Alexandra Tavasoli. “I’m focused on […]

    February 8, 2019

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  • A conversation with Evelyn Allen

    What is your company trying to do? Evercloak is commercializing a manufacturing platform to dramatically drive down the cost of making large area, ultra-thin, two-dimensional nanomaterial (graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes) films. These films have applications in energy storage, desalination, food preservation and corrosion prevention. Now that you’re a finalist, you have about two years […]

    February 1, 2019

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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 […]

    January 24, 2019

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  • Genecis CEO lays waste to wasteful practices

    Luna Yu has never doubted her shot at the Women in Cleantech Challenge crown. Working as she does every day from her labs at the Banting and Best Centre in downtown Toronto, Luna plays an active role in advancing Canada’s sustainable industries. “When I heard about the challenge, I knew my company was a perfect […]

    December 10, 2018

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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 […]

    November 2, 2018

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  • Cleantech entrepreneur sees an ocean of opportunity

    Victoria, BC-based Julie Angus understands the ocean better than most people – its beauty, power and environmental importance. In 2006, Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean with her partner on a 156-day, 10,000-kilometre odyssey from Portugal to Costa Rica. “Being on the open ocean in all of its states is […]

    October 4, 2018

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