Angelika Vance, Surrey/White Rock Chair, GroYourBiz and Barbara Mowat, President, GroYourBiz were delighted to attend the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honoring Carolyn Cross , CEO, Ondine Biomedical in the category of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.This award, which honours extraordinary women leaders who have taken an innovative approach and great risks to solving a problem, filling a need or breaking into a new market, recognizes Carolyn for her efforts to advance Ondine Biomedical’s first-of-kind, light-activated antimicrobial therapy for use in humans. Directly targeting the global threat of multidrug resistance, which has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the top five human health crises, Ondine’s Photodisinfection kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi—including superbugs—of all kinds, in minutes without the use of antibiotics.

Thanks to Carolyn and her passion and grit, already hundreds of infections in surgical patients at several BC Hospitals have been prevented and tens of millions of dollars in infections costs avoided. Motivated by improving patient outcomes globally, Carolyn’s efforts will benefit us and millions of people worldwide as she continues to drive Ondine to develop and bring Photodisinfection for a multitude of infection prevention and treatment applications—including treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, treatment of burns and wounds, and disinfection of endotracheal tubes to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia—to hospitals across Canada and around the world.

GroYourBiz is so proud to have Carolyn on our very own Executive Advisory Board from the beginning, and as a Global Virtual Board member!