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. 
As Gideon Hayden recently wrote for TechCrunch, if you’re a Canadian tall poppy ...
To coincide with our presence at the 2016 BIO International Convention (BIO) from June 6-9, 2016, MaRS Innovation launched a video explaining our role in Canada's innovation ecosystem: backing big thinkers with bold ideas and working with them to take those breakthroughs to market.
This year, BIO takes place in San Francisco, California, the birthplace of biotech. MaRS Innovation will be present in the Ontario Pavilion (Booth #5944) in partnership with the Ontario Government and Life Sciences Ontario.
Both the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada's ...
The Journal of Clinical Chemistry recently hosted Dr. David Sinton of the University of Toronto in a podcast to highlight his work on commercializing technology for human sperm selection.
Shatha Qaqish, manager, Technology and Venture Development at MaRS Innovation, is working with Dr. Sinton to commercialize his off-the-shelf device for sperm count.
You can listen to the podcast here.
By Stephanie Meszaros, marketing and communications specialist.
Amber Mac from Dx3 Canada interviewed Zack Fisch, CEO and co-founder of DashMD. In the video, Zack discusses DashMD's vision for a better healthcare system and what the company is doing in order to improve the discharge process for patients.
Dash MD seeks to improve the quality of healthcare by providing patients with the necessary tools, information, and resources that they need to successfully traverse their own personal and individualized road to recovery. Their Patient Engagement Platform will be downloadable to patients in ...
"With massive amounts of cash being pumped into development by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and context-aware startups such as Flybits, the PA in everybody’s pocket could soon be a reality," Nick Clayton wrote in BBC Capital about virtual personal assistants (Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc.).
Flybits was founded by Hossein Rahnama, Research and Innovation Director at Ryerson University Digital Media Zone in partnership with MaRS Innovation. Flybits is a software solution that makes it simple to personalize an app's behaviour. Digital marketers can use this information to then ...
(May 31, 2016) – Formation Biologics was recognized as one of the Rice Alliance 10 Most Promising Life Science Companies at the 2016 Texas Life Science Forum hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, BioHouston, and Texas Healthcare and BioScience Institute. The companies were chosen by industry experts and investors.
The event is one of the largest life science venture capital conferences in the Southwest and featured more than 40 industry and investment speakers. Among more than 600 attendees were ...
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 ...
TORONTO (May 11, 2016) – Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, today announced the opening of JLABS @ Toronto, a new 40,000-square-foot life sciences incubator, providing entrepreneurs shared lab space and offices, modular lab suites and access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts as they work to build important and successful early-stage companies. The new JLABS facility can accommodate up to 50 start-ups and opens with 22 companies that represent a range of sectors including therapeutics, medical devices and consumer health ...
Companies in fourth cohort developing products ranging from software to therapeutic platforms; applications for fifth cohort, in partnership with MLA48, open until May 27, 2016
TORONTO (May 9, 2016) — The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) incubator, co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation with financial support from the Connaught Fund, has announced five investments in start-up companies from Cohort 4.
The five companies and the diverse sectors they target are:
Ardra Bio, which is ...
MaRS Innovation and the Ontario Centres of Excellence among the event's sponsors
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Diane Francis, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada and a distinguished professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, will guide a conversation that begins with a keynote address by Dr. Daniel Kraft, one of the world’s foremost health experts and innovators whose ideas and work are shaping digital health.
Dr. Daniel Kraft will be sharing his insights and experiences as ...