Jan 07, 2016
Muhammed Moin,
2015 Emerging Business Award Winner

Mohammed Moin, vice-president of business development, traveled to Ontario from Bangladesh to attend university but transferred to UPEI when he discovered international students were welcome in its co-operative education program.

“That was a tremendous advantage, and I valued it. When it came time to start our business, we chose P.E.I. to return the favour — and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.”

Another major factor was what he terms the “overwhelming” support for P.E.I.’s bioscience companies.

“There’s a convergence of resources for startups here — with strong provincial and federal backing; introductions to decision makers; and access to state-of-the art equipment at the National Research Council (NRC) when we couldn’t afford our own. My brother and sister-in-law, who with my wife co-founded the company, are based in the U.S. but agreed P.E.I. was the place to be.”The brothers vowed to succeed in drug development after their father died of esophageal cancer without access to groundbreaking medication. Somru BioScience Inc. is dedicated to making cutting-edge human therapeutics accessible to the general public. Based in Charlottetown, the bioscience start-up discovered a unique niche in the global pharmaceutical industry and began generating revenue within six months of its 2012 launch.