MaRS Innovation is a My Virtual Dream event sponsor and commercialization partner
Toronto, ON (January 12, 2015) – Baycrest Health Sciences’ dazzling brain science exhibit from 2013 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will be on show at the Ontario Science Centre’s BRAINFest, Jan. 17-18.
My Virtual Dream is an innovative and interactive live performance experience at the intersection of science, art and music. The installation will enable participants to use their brain waves to communicate with each other through an immersive audio and visual expression that ...
MaRS Innovation enjoyed an exceptional year in 2014. Our team continues to collaborate with researchers within our membership to help bridge the commercialization gap between their world-leading research and creating successful start-up companies or licenses.
Here are our picks for the top 10 news stories from MaRS Innovation's portfolio.
1. Triphase Accelerator Corporation, in which MaRS Innovation is an investor, started the year with a bang by signing a collaboration and option agreement with Celgene Corporation. In October, Triphase initiated a Phase I clinical study ...
December 15, 2014
in Acquisitions, BlueDot, CoursePeer, Crowdmark, Encycle Therapeutics, eQOL Inc., Flybits, Funding or Fundraising-Announcements, Government Partners, Granata Decision Systems, Industry Partners, Licenseable Technologies, Media Coverage, Member Institutions, News, OtoSim Inc., Partnerships, Portfolio, Ryerson University, St. Michael's Hospital, Start-Up Companies, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), TrendMD, Triphase Accelerator Corporation, University Health Network, University of Toronto, UTEST Program, Vasomune Therapeutics Inc., Whirlscape, XLV Diagnostics Inc., York University
"Research labs across Ontario are full of ingenious – and even life-saving – inventions. Unfortunately, many of them never make it to market," writes Wendy Leung in "These six great neuroscience ideas could make the leap from lab to market" in the November 20, 2014 edition of the Globe and Mail.
MaRS Innovation, which was created to help researchers solve exactly this problem, has a project with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital that was featured in Leung's article. Asim Siddiqi founded the anxiety ...
This story appears courtesy of our colleagues at U of T Engineering News.
While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.
On September 18, Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng were named the Canadian winners of the 2014 James Dyson Award for their invention, the PrintAlive Bioprinter.
This story was covered by CBC News and BBC News. The BioPrinter ...
MI's Fazila Seker also interviewed in National Post article on what prompts medical researchers to consider crowdfunding
The WaveCheck crowdfunding campaign, which raised $53,390 on Indiegogo to support clinical trials for a clinical technique invented by researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Ryerson University, was included in a new Canadian-led study on the merits of crowdfunding to support cancer and rare diseases.
"Crowdfunding drug development: The state of play in oncology and rare diseases," was published in Drug Discovery Today's June issue.
July 7, 2014
in International Projects, Licenseable Technologies, Media Coverage, Member Institutions, News, Portfolio, Ryerson University, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, TIAP Staff, WaveCheck
New research emerging from the University of Toronto's Edward S Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is developing and demonstrating a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle.
MaRS Innovation is working with Professor Ted Sargent, his research team and U of T's Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) to incubate and commercialize this and other solar technologies. Their work was recently published in Nature Materials.
The paper's publication was widely covered in the technical trades, including CNET.com, Tech Times, Compound Semiconductor.net and ...
Here's a snapshot of some recent portfolio activity:
UTEST, the early-stage technology accelerator MI runs in partnership with the University of Toronto, was cited in the Wall Street Journal as part of what makes Toronto the best place to build a start-up in Canada and the eighth-best place in the world. Applications for UTEST's the third cohort are open until Thursday, April 17, 2014.
OtoSim Inc. placed first out of 20 companies in the Venture Pitch competition at the Fundica Funding Roadshow for ...
April 14, 2014
in Awards, Licenseable Technologies, Media Coverage, Member Institutions, News, OtoSim Inc., Portfolio, Start-Up Companies, University of Toronto, UTEST Program
OICR's catalyst grant enables WaveCheck to open first partner site at MD Anderson Cancer Center in May
TORONTO, April 8, 2014 -- People with breast cancer are a step closer to knowing if their tumour is responding to chemotherapy at the start of treatment, thanks to a $100,000 catalyst grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).
The funding builds upon MaRS Innovation's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for WaveCheck, which successfully raised over $50,000 from over 500 supporters worldwide in two months last ...
April 8, 2014
in Funding or Fundraising-Announcements, International Projects, Licenseable Technologies, Media Coverage, Member Institutions, News, Partnerships, Portfolio, Ryerson University, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), WaveCheck
MaRS Innovation's Dr. Fazila Seker and Elizabeth Monier-Williams spoke with Deanna Pogorelc of MedCity News about how to define success for campaigns crowdfunding for technologies and research related to the medical field.
The article, in MedCity News' Hot Topics section, questions whether a crowdfunding campaign needs to reach its funding goal to be deemed successful.
Seker and Monier-Williams completed an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in December for WaveCheck, a clinical technique developed to let women and men know if their breast cancer chemotherapy is working ...
The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario's online magazine highlighted WaveCheck on February 3, 2014 as a more personalized approach to cancer treatments because of the technology's ability to effectively monitor chemotherapy response.
WaveCheck's technology, invented by Dr. Gregory Czarnota of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor Michael C. Kolios of Ryerson University, allows women and men undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer to know if their treatment is working at the beginning of treatment (within one to four weeks) rather than at ...