Success Story

Certo Labs Inc.


Toronto-based Certo Labs has developed a device that could revolutionize the time and money spent by the pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries on extracting samples from drugs, foods and contaminated soils for analysis.

Founded and developed by Ameer Taha, Ahmed Taha and Lahav Gil, Certo Labs’ Certo-Ex is a lab device that offers quantitative extraction of targeted compounds, such as nutrients, fats and other elements from solid samples like food.

The simple concept streamlines sampling, bringing a process that has historically taken up to 24 hours for a single sample, down to 30 minutes for multiple samples.

OCE supported Certo labs with research and commercialization grants which allowed them to develop their novel scientific techniques with assistance from Dr. Ken Stark of the University of Waterloo.

The company was also a recipient of Ontario Centres of Excellence’s 2008 Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. To date, Certo Labs has raised over $500,000 in cash and in-kind funding.

“Through OCE we were able to make the industry connections that led to the research collaboration with the University of Waterloo.”

—Ameer Taha, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Certo Labs

Return on Innovation

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