Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

May 19, 2011 17:28 ET

Heart Pump Earns Sarnia Teen $4500 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award Today in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - Christopher Chopcian, a Grade 11 student from Sarnia's Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, today was named a Young Canadian Innovation Award winner by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation (www.manningawards.ca) at the week-long 50th anniversary Canada Wide Science Fair, held this year at Seneca College in Markham.

Chopcian was recognized for his innovative work in the development of a miniature computer-controlled heart assist pump that improves the quality of life for people waiting for a heart transplant.

Chopcian, no stranger to national and international science fairs, was also awarded a Canada Wide Science Fair Gold Medal and offered five university entrance scholarships for his efforts. Today he received a $500 Manning Innovation Achievement Award and an invitation to the 30th annual gala banquet of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation to receive an additional $4000 Young Canadian Innovation Award on Friday, October 14 in Edmonton. Senator Pamela Wallin, OC, will emcee the event. The next day, the accomplished young innovator will participate in a day-long Celebration of Innovation Symposium at the University of Alberta.

Chopcian designed, manufactured and tested the miniature device, which combines several technologies—both hardware and software—and is small enough to be installed in a patient's heart with minimally invasive surgery.

The heart assist pump has the potential to be a commercial success and even be adapted for other medical uses, such as improving circulation in patients with diabetes.

"Canada's future success and ability to grow depends on its capacity to innovate in all sectors and is the fundamental reason for the existence of the Manning Innovation Awards Foundation—to support, celebrate and encourage Canadians with the imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed," said Foundation President David B. Mitchell. "This is especially important for the young bright minds we meet annually at the Canada Wide Science Fair."

Chopcian was among 509 finalists with 425 projects competing at the national science fair.

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The spokesperson for Youth Science Canada/Science jeunesse Canada is Reni Barlow, Executive Director: 866-341-0040 Extn 230 or communications@ysf-fsj.ca

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About the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation: The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation recognizes the importance of Canadian innovation in strengthening our nation's capacity to compete in the global economy. The Foundation supports and celebrates Canadians with the imagination to innovate and the stamina to succeed. Visit www.manningawards.ca for more information.

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