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Notch Therapeutics Raises $85M Series A Financing

TIAP portfolio company Notch Therapeutics has announced one of the largest Series A financing rounds in the history of Canadian biotech. We are proud to say that we were there from the start in 2017 when TIAP received the technology disclosure from Dr. Zuniga-Pflucker via our Member, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and then again when we teamed up with CCRM and Dr. Peter Zandstra of University of Toronto, another one of our Members. TIAP was an early seed investor and acknowledges ... Read more

FedDev Ontario Funding Support – Portfolio Investments

On October 9, 2020, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $6.5 million to Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3nBEXDR  Under this Agreement, TIAP has to date made the following investments in our portfolio startup companies: Bitnobi - $15,000, April 1, 2019 Bright Angel Therapeutics - $30,000, August 2, 2019 and $70,000, December 23, 2020 Elarex (McMaster University) - $50,000, ... Read more

MaRS Innovation and KHIDI, South Korea, Creates $100M Global Commercialization Partnership

Today MaRS Innovation (MI) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) signed a five year global partnership agreement to commercialize the latest advances in biomedical and healthcare innovations which is expected to generate new startups worth over $100M. This agreement will promote the co-development and commercialization of medical technologies and therapeutics between Ontario and South Korea in concert with industry and government. It will provide the resources to develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems and ... Read more

MaRS Innovation highlighted in the ExcelleNCE newsletter

MaRS Innovation was highlighted in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) newsletter on Wednesday, June 22. The article is titled, "MaRS Innovation revolutionizes approach to commercialization, " and discusses the success of the MaRS Innovation commercialization model. The article mentions companies such as ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off of MI and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children that is commercializing a topical prescription cream. It also talks about Encycle Therapeutics, a Toronto biotechnology start-up from the University of Toronto, that has developed a fast, ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: Canada’s Contagiously Creative Life Sciences Sector

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published the following guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation’s president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications. There’s a historical trend in Canadian culture with far-reaching effects for the way we do business, ranging from entertainment to academia to science. Namely, it’s that until quite recently, Canadians weren’t into cultivating national star systems. [1] As Gideon Hayden recently wrote for TechCrunch, if you’re a Canadian tall poppy ... Read more

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @ Toronto

TORONTO (May 11, 2016) –  Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, today announced the opening of JLABS @ Toronto, a new 40,000-square-foot life sciences incubator, providing entrepreneurs shared lab space and offices, modular lab suites and access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts as they work to build important and successful early-stage companies. The new JLABS facility can accommodate up to 50 start-ups and opens with 22 companies that represent a range of sectors including therapeutics, medical devices and consumer health ... Read more

QD Solar receives $2.55 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

TORONTO (March 17, 2016) — QD Solar, a Canadian technology company created by the University of Toronto (U of T) and MaRS Innovation, has received $2.55 million from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). QD Solar’s funding — announced March 4, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development — will galvanize a larger $8.7 million project to revolutionize conventional solar panels that waste a large portion of the available energy in sunlight because ... Read more

Accel-Rx and BDC Capital make second portfolio investment in ScarX Therapeutics

MaRS Innovation portfolio company completing Phase 1 human clinical trial of drug to prevent dermal scarring VANCOUVER (February 16, 2016) — Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx), a Centre of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research (CECR), and its partner BDC Capital today announced their second joint investment in ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis). Accel-Rx and BDC Capital, and other investors including MaRS Innovation, have invested a total of $2 million in ScarX. This investment will ... Read more

Ontario advancing nine medical research projects in cancer, heart disease and sleep apnea to market

Applications for next MSc PoP granting round being accepted until February 25, 2016 TORONTO (January 26, 2016) — Nine Ontario-based medical research projects built on great science with potential for significant economic impact are advancing a step closer to market entry thanks to funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program. The projects range from cancer to heart disease to sleep apnea in children. Applications for the next MSc PoP granting round are open until March 4, 2016. To ... Read more

UTEST grad eQOL receives $350,000 for remote patient monitoring program

UTEST graduate eQOL has received $350,000 from the Ontario Government to support patients managing their kidney dialysis at home. eQOL's solutions use mobile tablets technology to support patients in managing independent care at home. The funding, part of an Ontario Centres of Excellence program to support technology used to remotely monitor and care for Ontario patients, was announced December 1, 2015 and covered in Canadian Healthcare Technology. eQOL has partnered with London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario Telemedicine Network and the Kidney Foundation of Canada ... Read more
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