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Media Coverage

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

VICE’s Motherboard features XOR Labs Toronto’s lung technology

XOR Labs Toronto, a Canadian company spun off from the University Health Network in partnership with MaRS Innovation, was profiled by VICE's Motherboard for their technology. They've developed an advanced and unique system that enables the assessment and repair of previously unusable donor lungs, which may facilitate more transplants for patients like Hélène Campbell, who famously danced on The Ellen Degeneres Show following a successful operation that included technology developed by the company's founders. Here's an excerpt from Jordan Pearson's article, "The Future ... 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

MI’s head of imaging technologies quoted on bioprinting in U.K.’s Financial Times

Fanny Sie, MaRS Innovation's head of imaging technologies, was quoted in Tanya Powley's article, "Printing whole organs remains a long way off," for the U.K.'s Financial Times on June 11, 2015, regarding the technology's potential to transform existing healthcare practices. MI does wish to note that the article inaccurately attributes the PrintAlive device's development to MaRS Innovation; MI is working with the University of Toronto inventing team, led by Dr. Axel Gunther, to commercialize the device. Here's a short excerpt: Bioprinting could save pharmaceutical ... Read more

MaRS Innovation forms third collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation

MaRS Innovation today announced that Johnson & Johnson Innovation has expanded its collaboration with MaRS Innovation to identify and advance early-stage technologies of interest. The announcement was made in advance of the 2015 BIO Convention, which takes place from June 15 to 18 in Philadelphia, PA. MaRS Innovation is participating as part of the Ontario delegation and will have kiosk space in the Ontario pavilion (#615). This partnership was covered in BioCentury, GEN, PharmaBiz and FierceBiotech. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: It’s time to declare an end to Canada’s two research solitudes

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation's president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications. The article explores the way research focused on discovery and commercialization are often viewed or positioned as competitors within the funding ecosystem and the need to align their goals: The time of Canada’s French and English solitudes may be past, as Governor General Michaëlle Jean notably stated when she took office ... Read more

LegWorks developing better, more affordable prosthetic knees for developing world

TORONTO (May 27, 2015)  – LegWorks Inc., backed with a $2 million blend of private and Government of Canada investments catalyzed by Grand Challenges Canada, is a new Toronto-based company that will contribute to a better life for amputees in developing countries. The LegWorks AT-knee was covered in the Toronto Star on June 1, 2015 in "Great advances being made in assistive technology" by Kate Allen and in Healio Orthotics & Prosthetics News on June 2. The LegWorks “All-Terrain Knee” (AT-Knee) is a ... Read more

Onyx Motion’s digital coach Swish featured on Canada AM

UTEST company Onyx Motion's lead product, Swish -- a basketball virtual coach that currently works with Android Wear smartwatches to help basketball athletes to improve their shooting technique and emulate their heroes -- was featured on Canada AM this morning. Watch the clip of Onyx Motion's Swish on Canada AM, CTV's flagship morning show. Product feature plays after advertisements and begins at 1:40 mark. Think you've got an equally great software-based idea for a start-up? UTEST is currently recruiting for its fourth cohort. Tom ... Read more

Globe and Mail features UTEST company eQOL’s home dialysis technology

"When Binh Nguyen, then a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, was working in the renal engineering department of a local hospital, he was struck by what he felt was a suboptimal setup for dialysis treatment," writes Jordana Dixon in "Health startup helps patients become more independent," for the Globe and Mail on April 13, 2015. eQOL Inc. is a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation start-up company that participated in and graduated from the University of Toronto ... Read more

Smartphones and mobile tablets becoming mainstays for clinicians

VitalHub's partnership with Microsoft and Intel for Seattle Children's Hospital pilot and British Columbia contracts featured in Canadian Healthcare Technology "As hospital invest continue to invest in mobile solutions, doctors and nurses are more likely to be texting on their smartphones or swiping their fingers across a tablet PCs than tapping away on desktop computers," Dianne Daniel writes in the April 2015 issue of Canadian Healthcare Technology in an article titled, "Smartphones and mobile tablets are becoming essential tools for clinicians" ... Read more
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