Matthew MacKenzie and Carmen MacKenzie of MacKenzie Healthcare Technologies walked away with the top prize as winners of the sixth annual BioInnovation Challenge at a ceremony held today at BioPort Atlantic 2016.
"The competition was tough, but we knew we left it all on the table," said Matthew, President & CEO of MacKenzie Healthcare Technologies. "I had the opportunity to present alongside two stellar competitors today, and having gotten to know them over the past 48 hours, I truly wish them and their teams the best as they pursue their vision to bring their technologies to market."
"It took a ton of work to get from where we were six weeks ago to today," said Carmen MacKenzie, VP, Business Development & Marketing. "But we wouldn't be where we are without stellar support from a team of talented mentors, pitch team members and BioNova."
The $15,000 seed funding will go towards final stage development of the Paraglide as well as branding support, and the in-kind mentorship from an advisory panel will help move Paraglide that much closer to commercialization -- and that much closer to helping people in wheelchairs and the caregivers who care for them.
"We can't wait to see what the months ahead have in store," said Matthew.