February 19, 2003 - Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. has been named Canadian Innovation Leader by the National Research Council of Canada. The award was presented at the NRC’s National Awards Ceremony in Hull, Quebec in recognition of Bioriginal’s commitment to research and innovation. Bioriginal was recognized as one of the top firms working with the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
Bioriginal has a long record of working constructively with government, industry and academic groups to successfully commercialize locally developed technologies. Their commitment to research and innovation has kept them at the leading edge of the increasingly competitive nutraceutical industry. As Vice-President of Corporate Development, Jerome Konecsni points out, "In today's competitive international nutraceutical business, strategic missteps are measured not just in market share, but in the millions of dollars."
Supported by superior research capabilities, an ideal geographic location, a pristine growing environment and important strategic alliances, including collaboration with the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI), Bioriginal has established itself as an industry pioneer and leader. Their vision has been recognized through numerous awards, including the 1998 Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year award in two separate categories, the 2002 ABEX Award for New Saskatchewan Product, and this latest award for Canadian Innovation Leader.
Since 1993, Bioriginal has grown to be the world’s leading supplier of essential fatty acids, with a distribution network that spans six continents and includes offices in Canada, Europe and China. In addition to its signature borage oil, Bioriginal now delivers EFA oils from evening primrose, black currant, flax and fish. They also produce organic flax products and custom formulations targeting specific health concerns. EFA products are used in a growing number of nutritional supplements, drug delivery systems, mass-market foods, skin care, cosmetics, and pet and veterinary products around the world.