Postdoctoral Fellow Erin Goldberg (Aliani Lab) will receive the 2018 Mitacs Social Entrepreneur Award. The Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards celebrate those who have ventured into entrepreneurship and turned their research into an innovative business or business idea.
Together with partners she met during her years at the University of Manitoba, Goldberg has developed a “first-of-its-kind nutritional support beverage that is a healthier and better-tasting alternative to traditional in-hospital meal replacement drinks, recently under criticism for their high sugar content and highly-processed ingredients”. Their formula has earned, a prestigious award and $5,000 from Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that partners companies, government and academia to promote Canadian research and training.
In recognition of the ongoing success of her start-up and its work to address an important gap in the in-hospital nutrition sector, Goldberg — a postdoctoral fellow at the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre in Winnipeg and one of three co-founders of Winnipeg-based ViTal Functional Foods Inc. — will be presented the Mitacs Social Entrepreneur Award tonight (June 5) at a ceremony in Montreal.