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MaRS Innovation collaborating with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen to advance Cardiac, Diabetes and Depression technologies

TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2015  — MaRS Innovation, the commercialization agent for Ontario's 15 leading academic institutions, today announced that it has formed a research collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC and its Canadian affiliate, Janssen Inc., to advance three technologies focused on cardiac, diabetes and depression, respectively. This announcement was covered in Lab Product News. "These three projects reflect the quality of innovation present in Toronto's research community for our industry partners, and Toronto's progress in addressing healthcare issues of international concern," ... Read more

Baycrest’s “My Virtual Dream” brain exhibit at Ontario Science Centre Jan 17-18, 2015

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 ... Read more

MaRS Innovation’s top 10 portfolio stories for 2014

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 ... Read more

SciBX covers Encycle’s partnership with IRICoR, MaRS Innovation and Merck

"The first disclosed grant under Merck & Co. Inc.'s Canadian translational initiative will bolster the ability of macrocycle-based Encycle Therapeutics Inc. to conduct lead optimization of its integrin [a4b7,] inhibitors for inflammatory bowel disease," writes Michael J. Haas in SciBX's feature on the partnership, "Merck Encycles through Canada." The article appears in the publication's December 4, 2014 issue. Read the Encycle press release that prompted this article. The article explores the current grant partnership between Merck, Encycle Therapeutics, MaRS Innovation, the Institute for ... Read more

UTEST announces third cohort of U of T software start-ups

Products range from wearable digital coaches to socially-drive financial investment tools TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) incubator, co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation, has announced its third cohort of computer science start-up companies. Betakit and Electronic Products &Technology covered this announcement; TechVibes featured Syncadian and Onyx Motion in recent features. The U of T magazine also featured Syncadian and CEO Hanna Janossy in this recent profile. The five companies and ... Read more

Triphase announces proteasome inhibitor marizomib demonstrates potent synergistic anti-multiple myeloma activity in combination with pomalidomide

Findings from Preclinical Study Presented at American Society of Hematology 2014 Annual Meeting TORONTO AND SAN DIEGO (Dec. 6, 2014) -- Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase II proof-of-concept clinical studies, today announced preclinical study results demonstrating that the combination of its highly differentiated proteasome inhibitor, marizomib, and pomalidomide (Pomalyst®) was synergistic in killing multiple myeloma cells. MaRS Innovation is an early-stage investor in Triphase. See our web archive for more details. Combined doses of ... Read more

BlueDot, formerly BioDiaspora Inc., secures Series A with Horizons Ventures

Toronto-based commercial arm of BioDiaspora research program tracks global spread of infectious diseases in real-time; fourth MI company to reach Series A TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — BlueDot, a Toronto-based social benefit corporation founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist, tracks and predicts the global spread of infectious diseases. Spun off from St. Michael’s Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation (and formerly known as BioDiaspora Inc.), BlueDot, has secured a Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures. Funded ... Read more

UTEST gets a mention in TechVibes piece on Canada’s growing start-up scene

TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie's "Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun," published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada. Leslie writes: Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. ... Read more

Holland Bloorview’s Anxiety Meter included in Globe and Mail’s neuroscience feature

"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 ... Read more

UTEST grad TrendMD makes Canadian national media splash

TrendMD, a medical publishing company that helps doctors, researchers, and professionals in STEM-related fields to find the most relevant content amid an unending sea of daily publications, was recently featured in a Canadian Press article by Adam Miller. The article was published on CBC.ca, CTV.ca, Waterloo Record, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Surrey Leader, Metro News, Winnipeg Free Press, Brampton Guardian, Ottawa Citizen, 660 News Radio, Canadian Business, Times Colonist, Yahoo News, Soo Today, Lethbridge Herald and YorkRegion.com, among other sources. The company is ... Read more
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