They say necessity is the mother of invention.
Seeing someone he loves suffer with chronic nerve pain that wasn’t responding to oral pain medication led Dr. Joseph Gabriele to invent Canada’s best selling topical pain relieving cream.
With a PHD in molecular pharmacology, Gabriele wanted to find a way to ease his wife’s suffering after a sarcoma between her eyes left her facial nerves jumping.
The Burlington, Ont. Company, born in 2007, now sells $4.5 million worth of products in 6,000 Canadian stores. They sell four products, for varicose veins, pain relief, nerve pain and healing cream for cuts and burns, and have two more – for athletic muscle pain and osteoarthritis joint pain – in clinical trials.
The National Research Council, through a natural products and marine biology program in Prince Edward Island, offered the delivra™ team a laboratory within their facility.
Montreal native David Baronowski moved to Prince Edward Island in 2013 to lead the six-person research and development team at the University of Prince Edward Island. The team is busy finding ways to make the successful products even better and to introduce new natural health products.
Delivra scientists want to work with small to large biotechnology companies across the globe. For example, a company that develops medicine for stomach illness may look to them to develop topical applications.
They have accessed financial support from numerous federal and provincial programs including Innovation PEI and have partnered with BioFoodTech to help make this happen.
The PEI government has given us access to funds not available anywhere else in Canada
Interestingly, for every one dollar the company puts in, loan programs provide three dollars for scientific research.
The company is also considering bringing manufacturing to the Island to continue to maintain a positive revenue stream and grow organically.
“The beach is ten minutes from our house,” he said with a smile. “You can’t find this anywhere else.”