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BetaKit Article on Amgen Partnership

Jessica Galang of BetaKit, a Canadian online publication on start-up news and tech innovation, writes about TIAP's recently announced strategic partnership with Amgen.  Read more here: http://bit.ly/2lSDVYE   Read more

MaRS Innovation Announces Name Change to Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners

Toronto, ON, Sept. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation is pleased to announce that, on its 10th anniversary, it has changed its name to Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) to reflect its refined focus on venture building and growth to advance its Members’ health science innovations . The organization was created as a not-for-profit organization in 2008 by a visionary agreement among 14 of Toronto’s top academic research institutions - including University of Toronto and affiliated teaching hospitals, Ryerson U., York ... 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 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

IP Protection for Antibody-based Assets in the Canadian Market and beyond

Together with Noel Courage, MI's Philip Goldbach co-authored an article published in BioTechnology Focus on IP rights and considerations surrounding antibody-based assets.  As the article states: Antibodies (immunoglobulins) and other antibody-derived biologics have become a mainstay of the biotechnology industry, both here in Canada and around the world. Novel antibodies are continuously being designed, modified, expressed and purified for a number of uses, including as therapeutics, diagnostics, or research tools. As is the case with other types of life science technologies, intellectual ... Read more

2017 Year in Review

MaRS Innovation looks back at the year that was: a summary of the main events of the past 12 months, including creation of LAB150, collaboration with strategic partners and significant investment events into our portfolio companies. For the full report, please follow the link:  Year in Review 2017-18   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

$800,000 MaRS Innovation–Pfizer Translational Research Fund

KIRKLAND, Quebec and TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfizer Canada is proud to announce an $800,000 contribution to MaRS Innovation to support the vision and mission of MaRS Innovation by providing funding for new ideas or technologies in the health sciences including; therapeutics, diagnostic and treatment tools, manufacturing technologies, and technologies that enable health sciences research. The MaRS Innovation – Pfizer Translational Research Fund will be managed by MaRS Innovation and projects in the area of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, immunology, ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics Inc. Receives Support from NCR-IRAP

VANCOUVER and TORONTO, Canada — January 8, 2018 - Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a pre-clinical life sciences company advancing a novel long-term therapeutic approach to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, has received support of up to $350,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). In addition, The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) and MaRS Innovation have contributed follow on funding to the Company’s existing convertible note. Zucara recently defined its lead drug candidate, ZT-01, and ... Read more
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