Over 30 million people, born with sight, are afflicted with Age Related Macular Degeneration or Retinitis Pigmentosa leading to blindness.
Blindness is debilitating, stealing autonomy from individuals and comes with a high societal cost. In Canada in 2007, the annual cost of blindness was $15.8 billion.
The Australia-developed Diamond Bionic Eye technology, supported by a made-in-Canada wireless solution for implantable bionic devices, will return autonomy and partial vision to the blind.
iBIONICS is a Canadian-Australia startup formed in July 2015 and incorporated in Canada to commercialize and productize superior implantable bionic devices. iBIONICS combines Australia’s world-class BIONICS market dominance, know-how, and R&D with Canada’s strength in photonics data and power transfer technology.
The iBIONICS Team
The iBIONICS leadership team possesses a wealth of experience in implantable bionics and wireless technologies and entrepreneurship combined with a strong global perspective.
Suzanne Grant, CD
Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne’s diverse experience crosses design and technology boundaries and includes military, SME, entrepreneurship and non-profit leadership in Canada and abroad. Suzanne bootstrapped and built a $25-million business in the pre-frontier market of Qatar. She developed strategy with countless multinational C-Suites and has served on several non-profit boards and committees. Suzanne inspired and led a Canada wide campaign in aid of Rwandan orphans from the 1994 Genocide. The effort was dubbed the best PR outcome for the Canadian Forces since World War II.
Dr. Steven Prawer, PhD, DSc, FAA
Cofounder, Chief Technology Officer
Professor Prawer has just completed his term as director of the Melbourne Materials Institute, a multidisciplinary research initiative using advanced material science and technology to address problems of global significance. Now, as part of iBIONICS, he is developing a diamond based retinal implant, capable of delivering high acuity vision and enabling profoundly blind people to once again be able to recognize the faces of loved ones and read large print. He has a worldwide reputation in advanced diamond science and technology, published more than 300 scientific papers, been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and in 2010 was elected to the Australian Academy of Science.
Michel Pigeon, M.Eng.
Cofounder, Director of Engineering
Michel is an accomplished and innovative technology leader with 14 telecommunication and semiconductor technology granted patents. Some of his inventions created major business opportunities in digital communication. Michel led business and technology teams to deliver new technology products consistently, in half the expected time, resulting in over $1B in additional sales contracts. One of his key strengths is to inspire people, organizations, and companies to collaborate efficiently.