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Posts Tagged: BioCentury

Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS secure Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS for Toronto – first JLABS Incubator outside of United States

Partners for JLABS @ Toronto include Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation and seven of MI's 15 member institutions   TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2015 — The Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) today announced a collaboration with Janssen Inc. to launch the successful Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS incubator model in Toronto. This announcement has been covered in the Toronto Star, Metro News Canada, Sing Tao Daily, OurWindsor.ca, FierceBiotech, BioCentury, MedCity News, BioSpace, Biotechnology Focus, Lab Product News, ChinaNews.com, Pan European Networks, Economic ... Read more

BioCentury features ScarX Therapeutics as emerging company

ScarX Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation start-up company from the Hospital for Sick Children, was featured in "Scars Defaced," a BioCentury emerging company profile by Michael J. Haas. The profile is available to BioCentury subscribers on their website (paywall in place). Here's a short excerpt: ScarX Corp. has reformulated a generic analgesic that is marketed primarily in Europe into a topical cream that patients can self-administer after surgery to prevent scarring. The company expects cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons to be early adopters of its topical nefopam, ... Read more

BioCentury features Vasomune Therapeutics

Vasomune Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation start-up company from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's Sunnybrook Research Institute, was featured in a BioCentury emerging company profile by Michael J. Haas. The company is currently raising a Series A financing round and recently closed a seed investment with Genome Canada and an unnamed industry partner. MaRS Innovation also contributed a third of the investment, bringing the round's total to $1.5 million. Haas' profile, "Vasomune: Lassoing Tie2," is available behind a paywall on the BioCentury website. Here's a short ... Read more

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

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

BioCentury features Encycle Therapeutics and MaRS Innovation in macrocycle chemistry article

Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, was included in BioCentury's companies to watch within the macrocycle chemistry space. The reference came in Chris Cain's article, "Maturing macrocycle chemistry drives explosion of biotech newcos, biopharma deals." (more…) Read more

BioCentury Features Xagenic’s PCR-Based Infection-Diagnosis Technology

Xagenic, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, was featured in the most recent issue of BioCentury. Here's an excerpt (the article only available to BioCentury subscribers): PCR-based diagnosis of infections can delay treatment decisions by days or hours because the method relies on technical expertise and equipment not available in most point-of-care settings. Xagenic Inc.'s chip-based arrays use a non-PCR, electrochemical approach to diagnose bacterial infections at the point of care in 20 minutes with PCR-like accuracy. Xagenic's core technology is a silicon chip containing ... Read more