Innovative Prince County companies receive provincial support funds

BioSpa Cosmeceuticals, Rem-ilator awarded under Innovation P.E.I.'s Pilot and Discovery Fund

Mike Carson
Published on October 3, 2014

Sharon Quann, owner of BioSpa Cosmeceuticals, Reid Barnett, left, company CEO, and Elmer Arsenault, right, co-owner of Rem-ilator Inc., meet with P.E.I. Innovation and Technology Minister Allen Roach following an announcement in Summerside, Thursday, that their companies will receive $25,000 from the P.E.I. Pilot and Discovery Fund. 

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SUMMERSIDE - Two Prince County companies have successfully competed for awards under Innovation P.E.I.'s Pilot and Discovery Fund.

"BioSpa Cosmeceuticals of Summerside will complete their development of a full line of skincare products for the professional skincare industry and Rem-ilator of Wellington is developing a unique disinfection technology for health-care facilities. These two companies are developing innovative products to serve customers on and off Prince Edward Island," said Innovation and Technology Minister Allen Roach.

"As the province's lead economic development agency, Innovation P.E.I. will provide support to help these innovators explore the commercial potential of their products."

Each will receive $25,000 in funding to further research and development work.

Reid Barnett, CEO of BioSpa Cosmeceuticals, said the company started three years ago to address needs in the cosmetic industry.

"We wanted to make sure that we used very functional ingredients," he said.

"We really wanted to use a natural and holistic approach to what we were doing. Our products have all been extensively tested. The lab is here and we go back and forth in a testing process. We don't put them on the market until we see dramatic results."

He said one of the ingredients is an oil accessed from plants in Kensington.

"We're trying to access ingredients from Prince Edward Island," Barnett said.

"We're looking at doing some extraction technology so we can actually include plants that are from the Island.

"That's where our focus is going to continue to take us."

BioSpa Cosmeceuticals is owned by Sharon Quann who has developed the line Quannessence.

Quannessence incorporates the latest, cutting-edge peptide technologies for skin remodeling and anti-aging improvement.

The products incorporate high concentrations of active ingredients that compete with, or exceed, the efficiency of all other advanced skincare lines on the market, she said. Safe and healthy products are the focus of the Quannessence Skincare line.

"Our mandate is to make the safest products possible and our focus is natural and some of our products are 99.5 per cent natural," Barnett said.

"We are collaborating with a major distributor, Maritime Beauty Supply. We're working with a great company that is really going to help us throughout the Maritimes."

Quann said the provincial funding will lead to bigger markets for the product line.

"BioSpa has invested considerable resources developing a P.E.I. brand that is beginning to be recognized as offering some of the most effective natural based products in the professional skincare sector," she said.

"The funding provided under this program will play a crucial role in developing the last key products needed to complete the line and enabling BioSpa to expand into a larger national and international markets."

Rem-ilator Inc. is a new venture for Robert Gallant and Elmer Arsenault.

They saw a need in the health-care industry for an easy and cost effective way to clean the doorknobs and handles to prevent the transfer of illnesses.

They began work on a door mounted, automatic cleaning device that uses UV light to disinfect door knobs/handles.

The Rem-ilator 1 unit is encased in non-processed stainless steel with a retractable stainless steel inner sleeve with sensors that react to touch.