Government has key role to play as early-stage technology adopter says CEO Raphael Hofstein
Dr. Raphael Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, was quoted in Mary Theresa Bitti's National Post article, "Commercialization Conundrum: Canada must turn ideas into social and economic value," published April 3, 2013.
The article examines Canada's worsening track record in realizing commercialization gains based on the country's significant per-capita investment in R&D.
Here's an excerpt:
While Canada punches above its weight class when it comes to generating ideas — witness ...
Whirlscape Inc.'s Minuum keyboard has enjoyed the kind of launch that start-up founders dream about yet few achieve.
UPDATE: Whirlscape's Minuum Project has now cleared its $60,000 fundraising target. Mobile Syrup wrote a follow-up article on the campaign with details about the Wearable Development Kit. Their technology also got a second spot on CTV News's Tech Tuesday report and was featured on Global TV's The Morning Show.
The little keyboard for big fingers, which launched an Indiegogo campaign a week ago today to ...
Start-up launches Indiegogo campaign to change future of mobile typing
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 — Whirlscape Inc., a Canadian tech start-up, has developed Minuum, "the little keyboard for big fingers."
Updated: The company has now cleared its $60,000 stretch goal to build a wearable development kit. Read the Mobile Syrup follow-up story.
Minuum's crowdfunding campaign was covered by the Financial Post, CBC News, CTV News, the Toronto Star and Metro Morning (radio interview). They also did a second spot on CTV News's Tech ...
Exam pain is not limited to students, notes Tony Wan of EdSurge in his profile of UTEST start-up company, Crowdmark.
The article, "Crowdmark Lends a Helping Hand with Handwritten Assessments: How one savvy professor is scaling human grading capabilities for handwritten responses" appeared Mar. 17, 2013.
Here's an excerpt:
James Colliander, a Professor Mathematics at the University of Toronto, knew this pain all too well. As a grader for the 2011 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, he and a team of volunteers had to deal ...
"More than 240 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, yet there is no approved product on the market to prevent the dermal scarring that can frequently occur," writes Jennifer Boggs, managing editor of BioWorld Today in her cover story on ScarX Therapeutics.
The article, "ScarX Finds New Uses for Old Drug in Dermal Scarring," appeared in the New Co section and focuses on the MaRS Innovation-Hospital for Sick Children start-up company.
Here's an excerpt:
"ScarX Therapeutics, a 2012 Toronto-based start-up, is looking to ...
Dr. Rafi Hofstein is among the experts featured in this month's "One question, three experts" post on the MaRS Discovery District blog.
This regular feature addresses some of the challenges that start-ups face by asking three experts to respond to a different question each month — anything from marketing and financing guidance to advice on partnerships and mentors.
Here's Hofstein's response:
The first question to define is “partnership with whom?”
You will face very different issues when, for example, partnering with another founder to create ...
OtoSim Night revolutionizes how students learn to identify ear pathologies
On Feb. 13, 2013, almost 100 second-year University of Toronto (U of T) medical students participated in an optional, intensive, one-hour otoscopy workshop using the OtoSim™ — a training and simulation system that is radically changing the way students in Canada and around the world learn this poorly-acquired medical skill.
And, if you want to use simulation technology to change the way medical professionals are taught, ear disease is a good place to ...
Dr. Hossein Rahnama is one of three new members of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced the appointments on Feb. 22, 2013.
Rahnama is founder and CEO of Flybits Inc., Research and Innovation director at Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone, co-founder of Ryerson's Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing Lab.
Rahnama is currently in Barcelona to launch Flybits LITE at Mobile World Congress 2013.
In 2012, he was named to MIT Technology Review‘s prestigious 35 ...