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Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS secure Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS for Toronto – first JLABS Incubator outside of United States

Partners for JLABS @ Toronto include Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation and seven of MI's 15 member institutions   TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2015 — The Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) today announced a collaboration with Janssen Inc. to launch the successful Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS incubator model in Toronto. This announcement has been covered in the Toronto Star, Metro News Canada, Sing Tao Daily, OurWindsor.ca, FierceBiotech, BioCentury, MedCity News, BioSpace, Biotechnology Focus, Lab Product News, ChinaNews.com, Pan European Networks, Economic ... Read more

UTEST company Nvest listed in Omers’ Canadian #FinTech Infographic

"Over the past few weeks, a few members of our investment team took the seopportunity to map out FinTech companies from coast-to-coast, focusing on those that are developing next generation technologies or technology enabled services," wrote the OMERS Venture team in a blog post accompanying a new #fintech infographic that lists 89 Canadian businesses operating in the financial start-up sector. Nvest, part of the third UTEST cohort, in included in the graphic (see below). The infographic's release was also covered in BetaKit ... Read more

My Virtual Dream publishes PLOS study on Nuit Blanche results

Baycrest Heath Sciences' "My Virtual Dream," an innovative and interactive live performance experience at the intersection of science, art and music, is currently touring the installation with appearances in Amsterdam in May and more scheduled for Irvine, CA in October. MaRS Innovation is working with the Baycrest team to commercialize the technology behind the demonstration, known as the virtual brain. My Virtual Dream was featured in TechVibes on July 8 and in a PLOS blog published on August 14, 2015. “The Virtual Dream tour ... Read more

Law firm partners with UTEST program to offer legal advice to early-stage startups

TORONTO, ON (August 10, 2015) — Toronto-based law firm Aird & Berlis LLP (A&B) has become the sponsoring legal partner to the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology Program (UTEST). This partnership was covered in TechVibes, Law Times and the Financial Post's Legal Post blog. UTEST is a 12-month incubation and acceleration program co-managed by the University of Toronto (U of T) and MaRS Innovation that allows selected U of T-affiliated early-stage startup companies to incorporate, use office space, receive mentorship and access $30,000 ... Read more

MaRS Innovation featured in International Innovation magazine

MaRS Innovation and its member institutions are is profiled in International Innovation's July issue (#191) in a feature interview with Dr. Rafi Hofstein, MI's president and CEO, written by Rosemary Peters. The article is posted on the publication's website and viewable through a digital interface (pages 80 and 81). Here's an excerpt from Dr. Hofstein's comments: "Canada's academic research community is internationally highly competitive, but it has been argued that its scientific commercial success tags behind other countries such as the U.S. and the ... Read more

Federal government awards the University of Toronto $114-million regenerative medicine grant

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the federal government announced a $114-million grant to cement the University of Toronto's position as one of the world's leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs to treat degenerative disease. This announcement was covered in The Globe & Mail and Lab Products News, and by CBC.ca, CTV News and Global TV. MaRS Innovation was specifically mentioned as a commercialization partner in the Toronto Star's coverage. As the university's commercialization agent, MaRS Innovation welcomes this ... Read more

Onyx Motion signs NBA’s Ben Gordon and launches Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign

Former Orlando Magic player new innovation director for basketball smartwatch app This article is republished with the kind permission of Brianna Goldberg and our friends at U of T News. UTEST company Onyx Motion has partnered with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company’s first-of-its-kind technology, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance. The company announced Gordon’s role in helping to further develop the app, called Swish, on July 8 when launching ... Read more

Xagenic announces $15 million financing round with Series B investors

TORONTO (July 9, 2015) — Xagenic, a molecular diagnostics company developing the lab-free Xagenic X1™ platform for point-of-care use, today announced that it has raised $15 million (CAD). Each of the company's Series B investors has participated in this financing, including Domain Associates, CTI Life Sciences, BDC Capital and the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. PE Hub, Cantech Letter, Genome Web, Fierce Medical Devices and the Wall Street Journal's Venture Capital Dispatch blog covered this announcement. In June, Xagenic also announced it has acquired ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics working with major pharmaceutical companies to design rules for drugs meant to be swallowed

CQDM and MaRS Innovation investing in new Encycle project to determine rules for making peptide drugs orally bioavailable PHILADELPHIA (June 16, 2015) — FiercePharma has predicted that the pharmaceutical industry stands to lose $44 billion in drugs going off patent in 2015. The industry is searching for new therapeutics to replenish their pipelines while tackling existing and new drug receptor targets within the cell, improve patient care and lower administrative costs. In this context, drugs that can be orally swallowed, known as ... Read more

Ontario Government Invests $1 Million in Toronto’s Neuroscience Catalyst Consortium

Ministry of Research & Innovation joins founding partners University of Toronto and Janssen Inc., and new partners Evotec AG, MaRS Innovation and Ontario Centres of Excellence, to advance treatments for neurological disorders and develop early-stage biotech companies TORONTO and PHILADELPHIA (June 16, 2015)— Toronto’s neuroscience efforts to find new drugs to treat and manage brain disorders — specifically, mood disorders and Alzheimer's disease — took another step forward as the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation announced a $1 million ... Read more
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