Innovotech’s History

Innovotech has a deep history and has become the foremost expert in biofilm contract research, providing R&D for clients in all industries.

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Innovotech’s origins, like many technology companies, evolved from academic research, in this case, at the University of Calgary. The Biofilm Research Group (BRG) of the University of Calgary was founded by Merle Olson, Howard Ceri and a group of other researchers with interest in biofilms. The BRG became recognized as a center for the testing of antimicrobials, biocides and device coatings and for developing animal models to study biofilm disease, leading to the development of Innovotech’s Contract Research business.

Innovotech’s MBEC Assay® Kit, formerly the Calgary Biofilm Device is a high throughput screening assay used to determine the efficacy of antimicrobials against biofilms of a variety of microorganisms in many academic and industrial research laboratories worldwide.

The Company is currently focused on the InnovoSIL™ and and AgreGuard™ families of new silver based antimicrobial compounds.

There are a wide range of potential uses for these compounds including on medical devices such as catheters, wound dressings and implants, as well as for treatments for plant diseases.


  1. Interspecies variation in Candida biofilm formation studied using the Calgary biofilm device.
  2. Investigating the suitability of the Calgary Biofilm Device for assessing the antimicrobial efficacy of new agents
  3. The Calgary Biofilm Device: New Technology for Rapid Determination of Antibiotic Susceptibilities of Bacterial Biofilms
  4. The MBEC Assay™ System: multiple equivalent biofilms for antibiotic and biocide susceptibility testing