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Allogene Therapeutics enters collaboration with Notch Therapeutics

Collaboration Includes Exclusive Rights and Targets for Initial Applications in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma Notch to Receive Upfront Payment, Research Funding and an Equity Investment Plus Development and Commercial Milestones and Royalties on Net Sales SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and TORONTO, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer, and Notch Therapeutics Inc., an immune cell therapy company creating universally compatible, allogeneic ... Read more

Notch Therapeutics, a new company in the field of gene-modified T cell therapy

Toronto, ON, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Notch Therapeutics, a company in the emerging field of gene-modified T cell therapy, has been created to commercialize a revolutionary technology that creates allogeneic (donor) gene-edited T cells from stem cells on an industrial scale, efficiently making T cell therapies that are clinically robust and of a consistently high quality. Notch is actively pursuing industry partnerships. The founders of Notch - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto (UoT), Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) ... Read more

Zealand Pharma Acquires Encycle Therapeutics

Our portfolio company, Encycle Therapeutics, has been acquired by Danish Zealand Pharma. The transaction strengthens the leadership of Zealand Pharma (NASDAQ: ZEAL) in peptide therapeutics and in targeting gastrointestinal diseases with the addition of a pre-clinical, orally-delivered macrocycle peptide (integrin alpha-4-beta-7 inhibitor). Encycle is founded on research coming from University of Toronto - a TIAP member institution. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2W2hH4N   Read more

AmacaThera, a TIAP Portfolio Company, Closes Seed Financing Round

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AmacaThera Inc. (www.amacathera.ca) is pleased to announce the closing of its US $3.6M seed financing round. A first close of the round was led by Sprout BioVentures/ Viva Biotech with participation from Grey Sky Venture Partners, and the round was recently completed with an investment by Toronto-based Lumira Ventures. Commenting on the closing of the round, Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of AmacaThera stated: "We are thrilled to have the Lumira team as part ... Read more

New Partnership to Develop Treatment for Rett Syndrome

Toronto, ON, July 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation announced today that it is partnering with Dr. James Eubanks at the University Health Network (UHN) to develop a new treatment for Rett syndrome, a rare developmental disorder found almost exclusively in girls and women. Infants with Rett syndrome develop and grow normally until the age of 8 to 12 months when symptoms begin appearing. Although the symptoms vary in type and severity, most of the girls and women with the disorder ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics Secures Grant from GlycoNet

Toronto & Vancouver, Canada:  Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a life sciences company developing the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes and other types of insulin-dependent diabetes, has secured a grant of $69,000 from Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) to expand and validate the model for its lead drug candidate “ZT-01” from type 1 diabetes (T1D) to type 2 diabetes (T2D). Zucara Therapeutics will match the funding with an additional $85,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, including scientific ... Read more

LAB150 adds project with focus on mental health

Toronto, ON, June 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is estimated that 5% of the global population is affected by Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) at any given time. While there are many antidepressant drugs on the market, most of these drugs need weeks to take effect, if at all. This exciting new project hopes to develop a novel rapid-acting antidepressant that has the potential to provide patient relief much faster than conventional treatments. The project builds on years of research led by Dr. ... Read more

LAB150 adds two projects: Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Toronto, ON, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation announced today the concurrent launch of two new LAB150 projects. These projects build on breakthroughs in disease-focused scientific research by prominent teams at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto, both of which are Members of MaRS Innovation. LAB150 is a partnership between MaRS Innovation and Evotec AG with the goal of accelerating academic research towards commercial outcomes by providing funding and access to pharmaceutically validated platforms ... Read more

Fibrocor Therapeutics enters deal with Galapagos NV

Toronto, ON, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fibrocor Therapeutics, a privately held Canadian company, and Galapagos NV, a Belgo-Dutch pharmaceutical research company, have announced the formation of a partnership for the development of therapeutics to treat fibrotic diseases of the kidney and other organs. In 2017 MaRS Innovation founded, and subsequently seed-funded, Fibrocor. The company is based on research from two of MaRS Innovation’s Member institutions, St. Michael’s Hospital and Sinai Health Systems – specifically, from the labs of Drs. Richard ... Read more

Zucara raises US$3.9M Funding to advance drug for hypoglycemia prevention

Toronto and Vancouver, Canada: Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a diabetes life sciences company advancing the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia), has secured US$3.9 million in non-dilutive funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. As part of the agreement, Helmsley will provide the funding to support preclinical advancement of Zucara’s lead drug candidate. The partnership is structured as a program-related investment (PRI) in the form of a loan to Zucara. Zucara recently defined its lead drug candidate ... Read more
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