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Triphase announces Celgene collaborations and license deal with PharmAbcine

Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private, drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase II proof-of-concept, announced October 27, 2014 new and expanded strategic collaborations with Celgene Corporation. This announcement was covered in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN), BioCentury Extra (no link available), Pharmaceutical Business Review (no link available), Scrip and BioWorld Today (no link available). It builds on Triphase's original collaborative agreement with Celgene in January 2014. The company has also announced a new global license for a fully human, bi-specific ... Read more

WaveCheck breast cancer technology receives $100,000

OICR's catalyst grant enables WaveCheck to open first partner site at MD Anderson Cancer Center in May TORONTO, April 8, 2014 -- People with breast cancer are a step closer to knowing if their tumour is responding to chemotherapy at the start of treatment, thanks to a $100,000 catalyst grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). The funding builds upon MaRS Innovation's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for WaveCheck, which successfully raised over $50,000 from over 500 supporters worldwide in two months last ... Read more

Triphase signs collaboration and option agreement with Celgene Corporation, leading innovator of cancer therapies

MI portfolio company actively seeking additional products for licensing and development TORONTO and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2014 — A unique collaboration of life science leaders, including the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust, MaRS Innovation Ventures Trust and MaRS Phase II Investment Trust, have formed Triphase Accelerator Corporation, an oncology development accelerator. Triphase Accelerator's announcement was covered in Yonge Street Media, Bloomburg Businessweek and Global University Venturing. Formed in 2010, Triphase Accelerator Corporation is a cancer-focused biotechnology development company that aims to reduce the ... Read more

Dr. Hofstein’s Op-Ed for The Hill-Times, “Biotechnology research: A knowledge economy”

This op-ed on Canadian biotechnology and the knowledge economy appeared in The Hill-Times (subscription required), Canada's politics and government newsweekly, September 9: Obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, or the more general stresses of an aging population: no matter which area of concern holds our collective gaze from moment to moment, improving health outcomes and healthcare is the No. 1 challenge for the world’s economy. Canada has the holistic approach and translational research necessary to address health care’s pervasive ... Read more

Cellax profiled in SciBX; MaRS Innovation’s MSc PoP program cited in National Post supplement

The Cellax technology was profiled in a recent issue of  SciBX (subscription necessary). MaRS Innovation is mentioned in the article as the technology's commercialization agent. Here's an excerpt: "Ontario Institute for Cancer Research scientists have developed glycopolymer-conjugated docetaxel nanoparticles that outperform Abraxane in mouse models of breast cancer. The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is backing the program with $1.5 million to take it to the clinic. The expectation is that the product’s ability to target the tumor stroma rather than the ... 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

XLV Diagnostics Inc. awarded $500,000 to develop digital mammography technology

TORONTO, ON (Feb. 19, 2013) – XLV Diagnostics Inc., a start-up company working to commercialize a faster, cheaper and better digital mammography technology, has received a $500,000 investment from FedNor. Over 600 million women living in developing countries have inadequate access to breast screening for early cancer detection. In the developed world, many radiology departments are replacing traditional film and screen systems with digital technologies. In both cases, better digital mammography technology promises to solve logistical challenges and save money. XLV’s solution has ... 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

Biotechnology Focus’ December issue covers MaRS Innovation projects and partnerships

MaRS Innovation's (MI) projects and partnerships earned three separate article mentions in the December 2012 issue of Biotechnology Focus, including: MI and UHN's partnership with Stem Cell Therapeutics was covered in the magazine's Dealmakers subsection. Read the write-up on the Biotechnology Focus website. Cellax, a licensable technology that may produce a nanotechonology-based cancer drug, was highlighted in the magazine's Business Corner section (read the write-up). Cellax is a joint project between MI and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. MaRS Innovation's ... Read more

OICR and MaRS Innovation announce funding to develop Cellax™, a nanotechnology-based cancer drug

TORONTO, ON (November 13, 2012) — The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and MaRS Innovation (MI) today announced $1.5 million in funding from OICR over three years to further develop Cellax™, a nanoparticle drug that could offer an alternative to chemotherapy with fewer side effects. “Cellax is promising because it provides a more targeted strategy for treating tumours, killing tumour cells while minimizing the effect on healthy tissue,” said Dr. Rima Al-awar, director, OICR’s Medicinal Chemistry Platform. “OICR is proud to ... Read more
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