BioTalent Canada recently announced the winner of its first Catalyst Award, for the young employee who contributed most significantly to a Canadian biotechnology employer in the past year. Mathieu-Marc Poulin of Delivra in Charlottetown, PEI, wins bragging rights and a cash prize of $1,000.
Poulin’s employer, Delivra, is a developer of transdermal technologies that introduce pharmaceutical and natural molecules into the body through the skin, rather than via pills. As part of a multi-disciplinary research team, Poulin’s input as Research and Development Technician helped Delivra secure funding from the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. His research was also instrumental in Delivra’s development of new transdermal products.
Catalyst Award applicants were evaluated along four criteria: Their contribution to their employer’s company culture and sense of innovation, their contribution to achieving a team’s or company’s business objective and the degree to which they assisted their employer in overcoming a business challenge.
“BioTalent Canada’s wage subsidy program allowed Delivra to expedite a new research endeavour and meet its target milestones on time and within budget, which would not have been possible otherwise,” says Dr. David C. Baranowski, Director of Research at Delivra. “Importantly, the program allowed us to mold a new graduate into a great fit within the research team and we’ve been impressed at how far Mathieu-Marc has come in such a short period of time.”
Cutline for photo (6_News_Mathieu-Marc Poulin.jpg) Mathieu-Marc Poulin was awarded BioTalent Canada’s Catalyst Award for his contribution to the work of his employer, Delivra.