CHARLOTTETOWN â Immunitor, developer of a treatment used for tuberculosis, received a grant from Grand Challenges Canada to pursue research using the Island Abbey Foods Honibe Honey Lozenges platform.
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, extended seed grants of $100,000 each to 83 inventive new ideas for addressing health problems in resource-poor countries. The Grand Challenges Canada âStars in Global Healthâ program seeks breakthrough and affordable innovations that could transform the way disease is treated in the developing world -- innovations that may benefit the health of developed world citizens as well.
Of the 83 grants announced Wednesday, 50 are given to innovators in 15 low- and middle-income nations worldwide and 33 to Canadian-originated projects, to be implemented in a total of 30 countries throughout the developing world. The portfolio of 83 creative, out-of-the-box ideas, selected through independent peer review from 451 applications, includes projects submitted by social entrepreneurs, private sector companies and non-government organizations as well as university researchers.
âWe are happy to congratulate Immunitor on receiving this grant through Grand Challenges Canada in support of their efforts in creating a new treatment for Tuberculosis by way of the Honibe pure dried Honey Lozenges platform,â stated John Rowe, president of Island Abbey Foods Ltd., a P.E.I. based natural health product and specialty food producer.
âImmunoxel is a promising treatment for Tuberculosis and we are very excited about the opportunity to help develop a new effective delivery mechanism for this cause.â
The Honibe â Pure Honey Joy brand has seen a great deal of nationwide support since their first product, the Honey Drop, was introduced in 2008, including multiple product awards from across Canada.
Honibe was also featured on the television show, CBCâs âDragonsâ Den,â where Honibe was offered one of the largest deals in the showâs history. In August 2012, the Canadian Space Agency selected the Honibe Honey Drop as one of its âSnacks For Spaceâ and the Honey Drop went to the International Space Station with Canadian Commander Chris Hadfieldâs December 2012 mission. Most recently, Island Abbey Foods was named one of Progress Magazineâs Fastest Growing Companies in 2012.