NEW CLINICALLY PROVEN APPROACH
PhytoLight - creating the new standard of at home oral health care.
We use botanical science and light to disrupt and destroy biofilm in only 1 minute, preventing bacterial colonization and build up of tartar before it causes problems. Prevention is key.
Use PhytoLight at home daily, for 1 minute, in combination with brushing and flossing.
Coming in 2021.
Contact us to learn more about our clinical data or investment opportunities.
Our unique oral hygiene device delivers the natural plant extract and visible light to the teeth without negatively affecting the oral microbiome.
Our technology is derived from a successful super plant species with a long history of safe human use, combined with light from the safe visible spectrum.
One minute of daily at home use is easy and prevents tartar before it hardens.
CEO and Board Member
As VP Commercialization for a natural health product company that grew to $12M in sales, Martin has participated in raising over $15M in investment and has experience building a product pipeline with annual sales approaching $10M.
DR. SHERRI MCFARLAND
CSO and Board Member
As an expert in designing synthetic photosensitizers and in formulating plant extracts for photodynamic applications, specifically in the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of bacteria and also photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer, Sherri is a leading expert in light therapies.
DR. ALEXANDER MCLELLAN
VP Regulatory & Clinical
With 25 years of experience in the natural health product industry, including acting as the CSO for a start-up natural health product company that grew to $12M in sales. Alex has a diverse technical and business background, including securing R&D funding, managing research collaborations, and managing regulatory strategy and submissions.
DR. COLIN CAMERON
As an expert in polymer and analytical chemistry and LED fabrication, Colin designs proprietary light delivery systems that are used to activate photosensitizers (PSs) for a range of applications.
VP Sales & Marketing
Jason has a combined total of more than 28 years experience in marketing, communications, sales, executive management, merchandising, brand management/development, PR, market research, forecasting, regulatory affairs and business development.
Lab & Quality Manager
As a hands-on researcher with proficiency in organic and inorganic synthesis, natural products chemistry, biological chemistry, and screening for photodynamic activity, Susan manages our lab facilities and ensures quality control.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Keefe is the former CEO of BioVectra Inc., a dynamic and innovative player in the global biotech industry. He is also a past Director and Chairman of the Maritime Electric Company Limited, and has been named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada.
Mr. Matheson is an accomplished blue-chip consumer products C-level executive with an outstanding track record of business and science leadership, driving innovation and new product success with P&G, Unilever and J&J.
DR. DAN STUART
An orthodontic KOL, and national lecturer, Dr. Stuart is the past president of the Society of Dental specialists of Nova Scotia and The Atlantic Orthodontist’s Association. He is also the Treasurer of the Northeastern Society (Northeastern US, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada).
Stephen is a forward-thinking, strategic problem solver with over 15 years in the international innovation space, most recently as Regional Director with Natural Products Canada. His extensive experience with high-tech global organizations, makes him a great asset to the corporations he works with on a daily basis.
DR. MICHAEL SHERMAN
Dr. Michael Sherman is a certified specialist in orthodontics. In addition to being a published author and a public lecturer, Dr. Sherman is a Trustee on the Board of the American Orthodontic Association (AAO), and a past President of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and the Ontario Association of Orthodontists.
PhotoDynamic founder Sherri McFarland is a world leader in the chemistry of light activated molecules and their applications in human health, specializing in the design of photo-activated antimicrobials and anticancer agents. In a moment of inspiration she decided to investigate whether invasive plant species might also be a repository of photoactive agents with therapeutic potential. In fact, she reasoned, photodynamic compounds synthesized within these plants and activated by sunlight may explain the capacity of these plants to prosper in environments that they were not adapted for, including exposure to a wide variety of unfamiliar plant pathogens. Sherri took the initiative to screen some of these species in her lab at Perennia Innovation Centre in Nova Scotia, and discovered a particular plant extract with photodynamic inactivation efficacy greater than many well known single synthetic compounds. Serendipitously, this plant also had a long history of safe use and an exemplary safety profile. Since that initial discovery, extensive in vitro and in vivo animal studies have confirmed that this plant extract is truly something special, with attributes including:
Potent antbacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity with exposure to visible light
Ablility to break down biofilms
Desirable safety profile and non-irritating in animal studies
Formulated in a shelf stable product with a minimum two year expiry
Additionally, PhotoDynamic was able to file two patents (composition and method) to protect this discovery and recruit a world class board of directors. After raising only $330K in equity PhotoDynamic was able to develop a prototype oral light emitting device and photoactive dental foam and to sponsor a first in human clinical study at the prestigious Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA. The results of that study were better than expected, with statistically significant benefits realized in the oral health of subjects.
Our next ambitious step is to revolutionize oral health care starting with brace wearers by bringing them a convenient way to keep their braces clean and their gums healthy during orthodontic treatment.