Bloom: How Environmental Material Science is 'making soil happy again'

Bloom: How Environmental Material Science is 'making soil happy again'

· The Pulse

In Episode 11 of Bloom, co-hosts Emily Rendell-Watson and Faaiza Ramji interview Steve Siciliano, CEO and president of Environmental Material Science. The company, which has offices in Edmonton and Saskatoon, recently won Startup TNT's Cleantech Investment Summit for its soil remediation technology.

"We use technology that allows us to track and monitor pollutants in the soil, as well as stimulate naturally occurring organisms that live in the soil to clean up difficult pollutants like hydrocarbons, that have persisted ... for 20 or 30 years," Siciliano explained on Bloom.

Local startup Nanode Battery Technologies also landed a side deal at the summit, alongside Saskatchewan's LightLeaf Solar, and New Brunswick's Picketa Systems.

Ramji and Rendell-Watson also talk about how DrugBank has raised $9 million in seed financing, led by Brightspark Ventures. The Edmonton-based company started as a research project at the University of Alberta and has grown into a comprehensive drug knowledge platform. DrugBank plans to use the funding to scale its operations by expanding its AI-powered technologies to solve major industry problems as well as invest in research and development.

You'll also hear a message from Bloom's sponsor, Innovate Edmonton, in which CEO Catherine Warren continues her conversation about inclusive innovation with Taproot co-founder Mack Male.

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