About Us

TIAP takes leading-edge health science research from discovery to market

Who We Are

Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) is a member-driven not-for-profit organization which was created in 2008 (at that time under the name “MaRS Innovation”) by 13 of Toronto’s top universities, institutions and research institutes, plus the MaRS Discovery District as host organization. Our mandate is to bring the members’ most promising research breakthroughs to market. In addition to member support, early funding came from the Federal Government through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program.

Our portfolio is built upon a pipeline of health science discoveries from researchers within our member institutions. TIAP works with inventors to explore options to advance their highest potential innovations. This is accomplished through our suite of programs and funding mechanisms.

Our Vision

Bringing health science innovation to life

Our Mission

We partner with our Members, industry and investors to transform health science innovation into successful Canadian ventures which will have an impact on human health

Our Team

Photo of Dr. Phil GoldbachDr. Phil Goldbach Manager, Technology and Venture Development; Manager, Intellectual Property

Phil manages intellectual property (IP) rights across all technologies within TIAP's (previously MaRS Innovation) portfolio. He advises on various forms of IP protection, assessing patentability and managing patent application filings and prosecution decisions. Phil also manages projects in TIAP’s Life Sciences portfolio. He performs technical and market due diligence on new technologies to support and expand TIAP’s portfolio.…

Photo of Hassan Jaferi Hassan Jaferi Manager, UTEST

As Manager of UTEST, Hassan works with early-stage startup companies from the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals. He helps guide UTEST portfolio companies in the areas of business development, marketing, intellectual property, fundraising and strategy. Previously, Hassan was a commercialization manager at MaRS Innovation, now Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners, where he divided his time between projects located in Innovation York and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Technology Transfer office, located in the Sunnybrook Research Institute.…

Photo of Dr. John McGrawDr. John McGraw Executive-in-Residence

John McGraw joined TIAP as Executive-in-Residence in 2019 to assist our team in identifying and developing opportunities in therapeutics, medical devices & digital health companies. John received his graduate degrees from UBC specializing in Neuroscience.  During this time, he co-founded a medical device company that successfully developed and commercialized an operating room device. Since then, John has focused on the commercialization of medical devices, health IT, laboratory diagnostics and therapeutics as a consultant or executive leader in public companies.…

Photo of Parimal Nathwani Parimal Nathwani President & CEO

Parimal Nathwani has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of the biotechnology industry including corporate finance, business development, transactions, intellectual property management, technology development and operations. He has been actively involved in forming and managing start-ups, preparing and executing on business plans, raising early-stage capital and in- and out-licensing activities. Before joining MaRS Innovation, now Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP), Parimal was a healthcare analyst with a boutique investment bank, where he conducted equity research on publicly-traded biotechnology companies in Canada and the U.S.…

Photo of Susanne Staer Susanne Staer Manager, Communications and Corporate Affairs

Susanne is the Corporate Secretary for Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) and as such is in charge of the integrity of the organization’s governance framework, including compliance with various governing and funding requirements; efficient administration of the Board of Directors and its various governing and advisory committees; and management of the process related to the annual general meetings and accurate record keeping of Board decisions and organizational history.…

Photo of Jackie Terry Jackie Terry Program Administrator

Jackie provides administrative support to the boards of several of Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partner’s startup companies in addition to her role as Program Administrator.  She also assists with the daily administration of the LAB150 funding initiative for new drug discovery, and is the liaison between TIAP and its partner, Evotec AG, as well as the main contact for the Technology Transfer Offices and researchers at TIAP's Member institutions who wish to apply to the LAB150 program.…