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BioCentury features Encycle Therapeutics

Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation start-up company from the University of Toronto, was featured in a BioCentury emerging company profile by Michael J. Haas. The company is currently raising a Series A financing round and employs eight people. Haas' profile, "Encycle: Oral Macrocycles," is available behind a pay wall on the BioCentury website. Here's a short excerpt: Macrocycle therapies can block protein-protein interactions that are undruggable with small molecules; however, oral availability and cell penetration remain key challenges. Encycle Therapeutics Inc.’s chemistry platform generates drug-like ... Read more

CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange features Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard

UTEST graduate Whirlscape, makers of the wearable, one-line Minuum keyboard, were recently featured on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Minuum has also broken the 100 billion pixels mark in screen space saved for its users. Read about it on input, the Minuum blog. Founder and CEO Will Walmsley was interviewed by Amanda Lang. The footage was also made available on CBC News, and was included in CBC's weekly summary of the week's top business stories. Watch the video. Here's an excerpt: Typing on a smartphone ... Read more

MaRS Innovation and St. Michael’s Hospital revitalizing commercialization process

For principal investigators, a key component in taking their research ideas from the bench to the market is knowing what commercialization resources exist and when to use them. Through the MaRS Innovation's Technology Transfer & Scouting division (MITTS), manager Sahail Shariff is connecting with principal investigators (PIs) at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on the front-line to better understand and advance their research. Of the 180 PIs at the hospital, the majority are clinician scientists who spend a portion of their time caring for patients. In collaboration ... Read more

The Varsity on UTEST and start-up culture at U of T; Whirlscape launches new Minuum smartwatch demo

"Start-up culture is fast taking hold at U of T, with an array of incubators and accelerators providing student entrepreneurs the resources and mentorships required to get their businesses up and running," writes Ameya Charnalia of The Varsity, the University of Toronto's student newspaper. Charnalia's article focuses on new student-focused incubators, such as the UTEST program, which provide entrepreneurs cash, access to in-house expertise, working space and mentorship to advice their ideas. It appeared in the same week that recent UTEST graduate Whirlscape released ... Read more

Xagenic announces second closing of $25.5M Series B financing

TORONTO, July 14, 2014 - Xagenic Inc., a molecular diagnostics company developing the first lab-free molecular diagnostic platform with a 20 minute time-to-result, has announced a second closing of its recently announced Series B financing, bringing the total raised in this round to $25.5 million. In conjunction with this closing, new investor BDC Capital joined as an investor and Dion Madsen, senior managing partner at BDC Capital, will join Xagenic's Board of Directors. From our archives: MaRS Innovation's lead start-up completes $20 million ... Read more

WaveCheck campaign part of new study on crowdfunding medical research

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. MaRS ... Read more

Dr. Rafi Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: What will it take to regain Canada’s biotechnology leadership?

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by MaRS Innovation President & CEO, Dr. Raphael Hofstein. The article explores the role life sciences assets, financing and talented management--the three Ms--must play in revitalizing Canada's biotechnology sector: At the close of the 20th century, Canada was perceived as a key contributor to the success of the global biotech voyage. You know what happened next: the mechanisms to fund early ventures collapsed together with the collapse of the ... Read more

Whirlscape releases demo of Minuum keyboard on the Moto 360 circular smartwatch

As part of their ongoing efforts to explore the future of wearable typing, UTEST grad Whirlscape released a demo of the Minuum keyboard working on a Moto 360 smartwatch. This news builds upon Whirlscape's activities in the wearables space; the company had previously announced a partnership with Omate Smartwatches that was covered in TechVibes. This news was covered in the Los Angeles Times, Tech Crunch, Droid Life, Mobile Syrup, Digital Trends, SlashGear, Android Community and GigaOM. See also this article speculating on possibilities ... Read more

Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator to Partner with BDC Venture Capital

MaRS Innovation co-partner in pan-Canadian effort to help create up to 20 leading start-up companies CEBIO International Conference, San Diego – June 25, 2014: BDC Venture Capital and the Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx) announced today a collaboration to provide critical seed funding to new and emerging Canadian health sciences companies. This announcement was covered in TechVibes, PE HUB and BetaKit. Together, Accel-Rx, BDC Venture Capital, and CDRD Ventures Inc. (CVI) which will provide the initial management to launch Accel-Rx operations, would focus on ... Read more

Globe and Mail: Strong incubators are key to driving innovation

Jeff Cates' op-ed in the Globe and Mail's Small Business/Digital Innovation section on June 19, 2014 argues that incubators have a key role to play in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and growing new industries in Ontario. Cates states this is particularly true when incubators when they provide programs and services to help young entrepreneurs succeed. The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), co-managed with MaRS Innovation, is one such program. UTEST is set to announce its third cohort within the next month. (more…) Read more
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