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From The Heart: A Personal Message From Ondine CEO Carolyn Cross

Creating new medical devices is not for the faint of heart.  One needs more than just a passion to prevent unnecessary deaths and improve the lives of mankind. One needs the conviction and the strength that come from a divine inspiration as well as the love and support of a large community of friends and family.  Without a doubt, championing a new technology in Canada is one of the hardest ventures that anyone can choose….and yet, I know that I am privileged to be tasked with this challenge.

Some of you know that I was recently in a terrible accident. When one looks at the circumstances surrounding my miraculous saving, it can only be the result of intervention of God and the Universe. I can count at least 17 miracles that occurred simultaneously to enable my survival on that fateful day. Surviving a plane crash is highly uncommon, we all know this. But having been up in the plane, having made my peace and having sent out my goodbyes, it was a true shock that I would be spared…and the only thought that went through my mind, at the time of that ordeal and every day since then, was that I was spared because I was needed in order to continue to champion photodisinfection. I believe with every fibre in my body that what we are doing at Ondine was important enough that my life needed to spared for this purpose.  This is the kind of conviction that is needed to take on the challenge of creating new life saving technologies and to overcome the constant barrage of negativity, doubt and disappointments.  Just as I was beginning to lose hope and stamina, I was given a big reminder of how fortunate I am to be able to carry on this mission.

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Ondine CEO, Carolyn Cross, Survives Plane Crash: “I Am More Dedicated To PDT Than Ever”

Update: Carolyn would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. She is currently at home recovering from knee surgery and we expect her to make a full recovery soon. Please send donations to the family of the pilot, Luc Fortin, to support his 16-month old daughter – inmemoryofluc@shaw.ca

Miracles really do happen. On Thursday October 27th, Carolyn Cross (our CEO, Chairman, and dear friend) survived a deadly plane crash. On a chartered flight headed to Kelowna, Carolyn knew something wasn’t right when the pilot told passengers there was an oil leak and they were returning to the airport. “I looked at his hands and they were shaking, trembling,” Carolyn said in an interview from her hospital bed, “At that moment I knew we were going to die.” Carolyn then calmly took out her phone and began typing out farewell messages to her three young kids, “Something that they would remember me by, that I could have peace that I had said my goodbyes.”

Seconds later, Carolyn’s plane crashed on a busy road about 900 meters short of the runway. “We crashed and I immediately looked outside because I was at a door window and it was full of flames outside. So I couldn’t go out. It smelled full of gasoline….I went to get up and I could not walk. It was as if I had no legs, as if they were blown off. And I thought of my children, and God and the universe gave me the energy and I got up to the door. I said I don’t know what I am going to do now because I can’t get out of the plane, my legs, I can’t get out of the plane.”

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Ondine CEO, Carolyn Cross, Inducted Onto The Board of the International Photodynamic Association

“We have spent the last 70 years using and misusing antibiotics to treat and prevent common infectious diseases…It is therefore imperative that non-antibiotic solutions to fight infections are developed in order to preserve the next generation of effective medicine.”

Carolyn Cross Inducted Onto Board of IPA

Our CEO has done it again. Two weeks after being featured in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper, Ms. Cross has now been inducted onto the Board of the International Photodynamic Association (IPA). Founded in 1986, the IPA brings together the most distinguished international clinicians and scientists involved in researching and developing photodynamic therapy. Ms. Cross will help raise awareness about the benefits of this technology and help bring it to the forefront of medicine.

We are very pleased to share this announcement with all of you today. Ms. Cross has been with Ondine for over a decade and was one of the initial founders and financial supporters of our company. Under her leadership, Ondine has developed a rapid R & D program and is now seen as one of the world’s most renowned group of experts on photodynamic therapy and photodisinfection. Read more »

Ondine Chairman & CEO, Carolyn Cross, Featured In Vancouver Sun Newspaper

Carolyn Cross, Chairman & CEO of Ondine Biomedical Inc, understands too well the importance of supporting women in business.  This week, the Vancouver Sun Newspaper highlighted her involvement & support for this week’s Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) International Conference. This is a unique event that connects highly successful women from around the world in promoting the advancement of women across all industries. The WPO is an exclusive membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. Collectively, members of the WPO have 24,000 years in business, generate $14 billion in annual revenues, and employ 105,000 employees.

Carolyn Cross, Chairman & CEO of Ondine Biomedical Inc, was featured in today's Vancouver Sun Newspaper

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