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The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

How Canada’s health-care industry is riding a wave of transition

Bedside Clinical Systems featured on Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) panel discussion In an article for YourMississaugaBiz.com, Jon Cook writes, " 'The health-care industry is relying more on the private sector for innovation and small businesses need to make sure they have a strong value proposition in order to get their projects funded,' said Telus Health executive Nicholas Zamora." The article describes a panel discussion organized by the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) on the "intersection of health care and technology ... Read more

What does MaRS Innovation’s funding extension mean for Toronto’s academic entrepreneurs?

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation's marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI's activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. Created in 2008, MaRS Innovation (MI) bridges the chasm between the early-stage technologies emerging from its 16 member institutions and successful startup companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, business development, mentorship and intellectual property protection strategy, MI acts as ... Read more

ScarX Therapeutics featured on cover of Bioworld Today

"More than 240 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, yet there is no approved product on the market to prevent the dermal scarring that can frequently occur," writes Jennifer Boggs, managing editor of BioWorld Today in her cover story on ScarX Therapeutics. The article, "ScarX Finds New Uses for Old Drug in Dermal Scarring," appeared in the New Co section and focuses on the MaRS Innovation-Hospital for Sick Children start-up company. Here's an excerpt: "ScarX Therapeutics, a 2012 Toronto-based start-up, is looking to ... Read more

U of T med students participate in mass medical simulation exercise

OtoSim Night revolutionizes how students learn to identify ear pathologies On Feb. 13, 2013, almost 100 second-year University of Toronto (U of T) medical students participated in an optional, intensive, one-hour otoscopy workshop using the OtoSim™ — a training and simulation system that is radically changing the way students in Canada and around the world learn this poorly-acquired medical skill. And, if you want to use simulation technology to change the way medical professionals are taught, ear disease is a good place to ... Read more

MaRS Innovation awarded $15 million to further commercialize world-leading Canadian innovations

Networks of Centres of Excellence recognizes strength of partnership between MI and its 16 member institutions TORONTO, February 5, 2013 — How do you make sure the brilliant ideas emerging from Toronto’s academic research community get the best possible chance to succeed? MaRS Innovation (MI), created in 2008, bridges the chasm between these early-stage technologies and successful start-up companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, mentorship and IP strategy protection, MI acts as a commercialization agent for ... Read more

OCE invests $250,000 in ScarX Therapeutics’ revolutionary anti-scarring medication

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 24, 2013) - ScarX Therapeutics, a start-up company commercializing a groundbreaking treatment to dramatically reduce post-operation scarring, is receiving a $250,000 investment from Ontario Centres of Excellence. This story was covered in Yonge Street Media on January 30, 2013. ScarX, a topical medication, emerged from Dr. Benjamin Alman's research. Alman, head of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, is developing his invention in conjunction with MaRS Innovation. Each year, doctors worldwide perform 240 million surgeries. Currently, no clinically-proven prescription ... Read more

Bedside Clinical Systems featured in Philadelphia’s MedCity News

Bedside Clinical Systems (BCS) participated in Philadelphia's 2012 Canada-U.S. eHealth Summit on November 28. Twelve of the 65 participating companies were selected to pitch a group of over 100 chief medical information officers, chief information officers and chief medical officers from U.S. hospitals, along with venture capitalists and industry representatives. BCS's CEO Rajesh Sharma delivered a strong pitch and was interviewed for a story in MedCity News. (more…) Read more

OtoSim featured in Health Research & Innovation, receives B Corp Designation (video)

OtoSim Inc., a MaRS Innovation spin-of company, was featured along with MaRS Innovation in the Autumn 2012 edition of Health Research & Innovation magazine. The article by Tim Wilson is titled: "The Business of Health Innovation: How Startups Find Funding." Here's an excerpt: "The doctors [Vito Forte and Paolo Campisi] designed OtoSim and did a clinical validation on the prototype, says Andrew Sinclair, OtoSim's CEO. "They then disclosed the invention to SickKids, who passed it to MaRS Innovation, which is a partnership of the ... Read more

Yonge Street Media covers Bedside Clinical Systems’ launch

Yonge Street Media, a weekly online magazine that covers talent, innovation, diversity and quality of life stories in the Toronto region, covered Bedside Clinical Systems' (BCS) launch in their Innovation section on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. BCS is a MaRS Innovation spin-off company created to commercialize decision-support research emerging from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). (more…) Read more

Bedside Clinical Systems aims to bring better healthcare to children

Each year, 5,000 children in North American hospitals experience code-blue incidents; a code blue is an event where patients require immediate resuscitation. One quarter of these incidents result in death, and Bedside Clinical Systems (BCS) seeks to drastically improve this statistic by launching its flagship solution, Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System (BedsidePEWS™). “BedsidePEWS™ is a unique software solution that helps hospital clinicians to identify deteriorating children early, giving them a window of opportunity to intervene and potentially avoid code blue incidents,” says Rajesh ... Read more
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