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Bristol Myers Squibb Enters Agreement to Acquire Forbius

TIAP portfolio company Forbius announced on August 24, 2020 that they have entered into an acquisition deal with Bristol Myers Squibb. BMS is adding lead TGF-beta asset to its portfolio. TIAP was one of the earliest investors and partners with Forbius in 2011/12. This is a big win for Forbius CEO Dr. Tikhomirov and the Canadian research and innovation community. Forbius (formerly Formation Biologics) is a clinical-stage protein engineering company that designs and develops biotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer and fibrotic ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics Announces US$21M Series A Financing

– Proceeds to Fund Development of ZT-01 Through Phase 2 Clinical Trials – – Series A Financing led by the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund  – TORONTO, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a diabetes life sciences company developing the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent insulin-induced hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels), today announced that it has closed a US$21 million Series A Financing led by the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund (“PXV Fund”). The proceeds from the financing will fund Phase 1 and ... Read more

Allogene Therapeutics enters collaboration with Notch Therapeutics

Collaboration Includes Exclusive Rights and Targets for Initial Applications in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma Notch to Receive Upfront Payment, Research Funding and an Equity Investment Plus Development and Commercial Milestones and Royalties on Net Sales SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and TORONTO, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer, and Notch Therapeutics Inc., an immune cell therapy company creating universally compatible, allogeneic ... 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

$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

Launch of Bright Angel Therapeutics

New York, NY and Toronto Canada, Dec. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Schrödinger, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to revolutionizing drug discovery through advanced computational methods, and MaRS Innovation, a non-profit organization supporting the commercialization of research breakthroughs from Toronto’s leading academic institutions, today announced the launch of Bright Angel Therapeutics. The new Toronto-based company is focused on the development of novel therapeutics for treatment of drug-resistant and life-threatening fungal infections. Bright Angel’s first program is based on foundational research from ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics announces discovery collaboration with Pfizer Inc.

TORONTO, November 1, 2017 – Encycle Therapeutics (“Encycle”), a Toronto-based drug discovery company built on a unique chemistry that enables the synthesis of a new type of constrained peptide called “nacellins,” today announced a research collaboration with Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”) (NYSE: PFE). Encycle and Pfizer will partner to optimize certain nacellins, which were previously identified by Pfizer during a screening of Encycle’s proprietary nacellin library, that act on an undisclosed therapeutic target. Nacellins are a type of peptide macrocycle that can often exhibit ... Read more

Evotec and MaRS Innovation establish strategic partnership to launch Fibrocor Therapeutics

Toronto, Canada and Hamburg, Germany, 17 January 2017: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) and MaRS Innovation today announced the launch of Fibrocor Therapeutics LP (“Fibrocor”), a Toronto-based company focused on developing first-in-class therapeutics targeting fibrotic diseases. The company was launched with CDN $ 2.8 m (approx. $ 2.1 m) financing, which includes cash from MaRS Innovation. Evotec will provide all drug discovery activities and will also receive an equity stake. Fibrocor takes a new approach to understanding and ... 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

Israel’s BioLineRx and Canada’s MaRS Innovation sign framework collaboration agreement

Agreement signed as part of Ontario's life sciences trade mission to Israel TEL AVIV and TORONTO (May 16, 2016) – BioLineRx Ltd. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that it has signed a framework collaboration agreement with MaRS Innovation,  the commercialization agent for 15 of Toronto's top academic institutions. Under the terms of the agreement, BioLineRx intends to review innovative projects and assets of start-up companies originating from MaRS Innovation's members to identify in-licensing, co-development or other ... Read more
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