iBIONICS Wins Startup Canada Innovation Award 2016 in the Quebec Region

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Accolades Keep Coming for the Diamond Eye


Ottawa, Canada, October 4, 2016 - iBIONICS has won Startup Canada’s Innovation Award 2016 in the Quebec Region for their work towards finding a solution for blindness. Startup Canada’s Innovation Award is given to a Canadian company exhibiting excellence in innovation, in any sector, through leveraging new knowledge or technology to solve real world problems.


"iBIONICS is a cutting-edge technology that will provide the potential for hundreds of thousands of blind people to see," says Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. "It is a company solving a real world problem and has a true social impact for those with degenerative eye diseases. Congratulations to the iBIONICS team—we look forward to seeing what you do next."


iBIONICS’ excellence in innovation was demonstrated through the integration of 5 technology pillars: diamond, microelectronics, photonics, software, surgery, and their global collaboration.


“Each of the iBIONICS 5 pillars of technology could be worthy of an innovation award. The integration of all 5 pillars takes innovation to another level,” says Suzanne Grant, iBIONICS Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer. “The iBIONICS solution  includes an innovative new surgical technique. wireless powering of an implantable device, adoption capability with converging technology and the durability of diamond encapsulation. iBIONICS is solving a big world problem in a dynamic and exciting new way. We are very proud to be recognized by Startup Canada and thrilled with the award.”


iBIONICS has collaborated with major Canadian and Australian partners in the realization of their vision. Canadian partners include: Université de Montreal Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa SUNLAB, Telfer School of Business,  Université de Sherbrooke, and C2MI. Major partners in Australia include: The University of Melbourne, National Vision Research Institute, and the Melbourne Center for Nanofabrication.


iBIONICS is supported by CRTL, Ontario Centres of Excellence, IRAP, Medical Devices Commercialization Canada and the Australian Research Council,





iBIONICS is a born global health innovation startup with headquarters in Ottawa-Gatineau, and operations in Montreal, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. iBIONICS delivers health solutions by designing, manufacturing and commercializing implantable bionic solutions that treat debilitating diseases. The iBIONICS Diamond Eye solution aims to restore vision enabling the blind to regain autonomy, recognize faces and read large print. The iBIONICS Diamond Eye uses diamond electrodes to stimulate the retina, sending messages to the brain that are perceived as light. This leading technology designed to return autonomy and partial vision to the blind is supported by a state-of-the-art wireless solution for implantable bionic devices developed in Canada.


To learn more about the Startup Canada Innovation Award or iBIONICS, please contact suzanne@ibionics.ca, 613-697-8818


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