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N.B.’s SomaDetect Shortlisted for Manning Awards

Somadetect COO Nicholas Clermont and CEO Bethany Deshpande. Image: Submitted.

The heads of four Atlantic Canadian companies have been named to the short-list for the 2019 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards, which presents cash prizes of up to $100,000 to winners.

The award organizers this week announced a list of leaders from 18 companies across the country, who are the “qualifying nominees” for the awards this year. The Manning Awards usually hold a reception in Atlantic Canada in the summer to recognize the region’s finalists, and a national event later in the year.  Winners receive one of four cash prizes, ranging from the $100,000 Principal Award to $10,000 Innovation Awards.

The Manning Awards are among the most prestigious competitions for innovation companies in Canada because of the size of the prize package and the rigorous selection process across the country.

The nominees from Atlantic Canada are:

  • Tony Chedrawy, President and CEO of MetOcean Telematics, Dartmouth – MetOcean Telematics develops state-of-the-art data acquisition and end-to-end telematics solutions. Telematics is the segment of IT that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerized information. Chedrawy led the merger of MetOcean Data Systems and JouBeh Technologies to create MetOcean Telematics three years ago.
  • Bethany Deshpande and Nicholas Clermont, Co-Founders of SomaDetect, Fredericton and Buffalo, N.Y. – Just a little more than two years old, SomaDetect provides dairy farms with hardware and software that can scan a cow’s milk and provide instant data regarding the cow’s health. Currently, farmers rely on monthly data to make management decisions. With SomaDetect, farmers have access to daily measurements for every cow. The company, which has raised funding from a range of American and Canadian investors, has been working on installations of its technology at Cornell University and 28 farms.

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