David Brown - 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards Winner
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David Brown is a biotechnology entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for youth entrepreneurship in Canada’s biotechnology sector. Mr. Brown serves as the co-founder and COO of Chinova Bioworks and is the founder of MyCodev Group which he founded in order to resolve a lack of supply of chitosan, a valuable pharmaceutical ingredient that is essential in a wide variety of medical devices and drugs. Mr. Brown’s innovative technology produces chitosan directly from a fungal fermentation, a process that uses very little energy or chemicals. My Codev is only four years old and is selling its chitosan to major pharmaceutical and medical device companies around the world.
On May 23, 2017, Mr. Brown was one of six winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards.
The Governor General’s Innovation Awards inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and to emulate innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of creating value and who are having a meaningful impact on our quality of life. For more information, visit https://innovation.gg.ca/.