Nov 9, 2022
Vive Crop Protection wins innovation award

Canada’s National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has honored Vive Crop Protection by awarding it as a co-recipient of the Synergy Award for Innovation

Cynthia Goh, a professor of physical chemistry at the University of Toronto, won the award alongside Vive, a crop protection company that develops conventional and biological crop inputs for improved product performance.

The award for Innovation recognizes the thriving partnership between Goh and Vive. Vive CEO Darren Anderson and co-founder Jordan Dinglasan, former students of Goh, collaborated with Goh’s research to create the Allosperse Delivery System, the technology powering Vive, according to a news release. The technology has enabled the precision delivery of pesticides to enhance crop production while reducing environmental impact, according to the release.

The NSERC funds visionaries, explorers and innovators who are searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit Canada. Working with universities, colleges, businesses and non-profits to remove barriers, develop opportunities and attract new expertise, NSERC is one of Canada’s largest supporters of discovery and innovation.

“Vive Crop Protection is honored to recognized as the co-recipient of this award in partnership with my former Ph.D. advisor Dr. Cynthia Goh,” Anderson said in the release. “Goh’s research into nanomaterials and entrepreneurial support is what lead Vive to launch and grow seven products into the US agriculture market successfully.”

Vive saw the potential for Goh’s research to develop new products that aligned with Vive’s trademarked Precision Chemistry approach, which aims to make existing chemical and biological active ingredients easier to use, more effective and more targeted, according to the release. Vive launched its first product incorporating Goh’s research in 2017. Its success made Vive one of the fastest growing companies in Canada by 2020, according to the release.

Vive’s goal is to create chemistry that simplifies crop production and deliver practical results to growers, according to the release.

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