ASTech Foundation Recognizes Alberta Science and Tech Elite

Alberta’s science and tech innovators were recognized last week at the 26th Annual ASTech Awards.

The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation presented 15 awards at TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary on November 6, 2015.

“ASTech highlights achievement across the province and demonstrates how the local science and technology community is making its mark on the world,” said Robert Tasker, Chair of the ASTech Foundation, in a release. “Entrepreneurs, youth and researchers all tell us that sharing stories of success motivates them to reach beyond what they thought was possible.”

Among this year’s winners is Fedora Pharmaceuticals Inc., which received the award for Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science in Technology. Fedora Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is based in Edmonton, developed beta-lactamase inhibitors which can help fight drug-resistant bacteria. In January 2015 Fedora licenced these beta-lactamase inhibitors to Roche for $750 million (plus royalties) in one of the largest deals in Canadian biotech history. Fedora’s President and CEO Christopher Micetich is a second-generation winner – his father, Dr. Ronald Micetich, won an ASTech Award in Science and Technology in 1990.

Other winners of note include:

Dr. Robert Wolkow – Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology

  • Dr. Wolkow has led nanotechnology breakthroughs and wants to make Alberta a hub for nanotechnology

Luxmux Technology – Outstanding Science and Technology Start-up

  • Luxmux Technology has developed nanophotonics-based technology for spectroscopy that can be used in a number of different industries

The full list of 2015 ASTech Awards can be found on the ASTech website.