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Posts Tagged: life sciences research

Merck invests in pan-Canadian life sciences research innovation sector

A $4-million public-private partnership will promote research innovation involving three academic commercialization centres in Canada CHICAGO, Illinois – April 22, 2013 – Merck Canada will be announcing today at the BIO International Convention that it is reinforcing its commitment to the Canadian life sciences research innovation sector. Merck will provide $4 million in funding to the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer – Commercialization of Research (IRICoR) for future corridor projects developed in collaboration with two other Canadian Centres of Excellence for ... Read more

What does MaRS Innovation’s funding extension mean for Toronto’s academic entrepreneurs?

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation's marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI's activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. Created in 2008, MaRS Innovation (MI) bridges the chasm between the early-stage technologies emerging from its 16 member institutions and successful startup companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, business development, mentorship and intellectual property protection strategy, MI acts as ... Read more

OCE invests $250,000 in ScarX Therapeutics’ revolutionary anti-scarring medication

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 24, 2013) - ScarX Therapeutics, a start-up company commercializing a groundbreaking treatment to dramatically reduce post-operation scarring, is receiving a $250,000 investment from Ontario Centres of Excellence. This story was covered in Yonge Street Media on January 30, 2013. ScarX, a topical medication, emerged from Dr. Benjamin Alman's research. Alman, head of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, is developing his invention in conjunction with MaRS Innovation. Each year, doctors worldwide perform 240 million surgeries. Currently, no clinically-proven prescription ... Read more

Xconomy names Xagenic to 2012’s Biotech Startup Class

MI spin-off company one of 30 listed in North America and the United Kingdom Xconomy, a U.S.-based business news website, named Xagenic to its 2012 Biotech Startup Class. Luke Timmerman's article, published December 3, 2012, sited Xagenic as one of only 30 "exciting biotech startups" to raise significant venture capital (at least $5 million) in the life sciences sector. Xagenic, founded by Drs. Shana Kelley and Ted Sargent at the University of Toronto,  was also the only Canadian company named to the list. (more…) Read more

Business Without Borders highlights ScarX Therapeutics’ Chinese co-development partnership

ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off company created by MaRS Innovation and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was profiled by Business Without Borders on September 25, 2012. Sean Fine's article examines the strategic funding partnership MI pursued with NovoTek Therapeutics Inc. (NovoTek) in China to develop the anti-scarring cream, which was discovered by researchers at SickKids. A multibillion-dollar market may await ScarX, a Toronto biomedical start-up, but first it had to figure out how to finance the development of its unique cream that reduces scarring ... Read more

MaRS Innovation and GlaxoSmithKline Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Translational Research in Health Sciences

TORONTO (May 31, 2011) — MaRS Innovation (MI) and GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (GSK) today announced a new development fund — the GSK-MaRS Innovation Fund — that will support and fast-track the commercialization of some of the country’s most promising translational research coming from 16 leading academic health sciences centres, hospitals and universities derived from MI’s member institutions. “From the discovery of insulin in 1922 to the discovery of stem cells, Ontario has a rich, proud history of world-class medical and scientific breakthroughs,” said ... Read more

York University becomes 17th Member of MaRS Innovation

MaRS Innovation to act as commercialization agent for York's life sciences and technology discoveries, leveraging new potential for York's existing $70 million in research initiatives TORONTO, May 9, 2011 – York University has become the latest member of MaRS Innovation, the commercialization agent for many leading Toronto-based universities, hospitals and research institutes. “York has become one of Canada’s fastest-growing centres for research and innovation,” said Stan Shapson, vice-president Research & Innovation at York University. “We typically get 10 to 20 discovery disclosures a ... Read more

MaRS Innovation establishes co-managed fund with Johnson & Johnson

MaRS Innovation (MI) has signed a co-funding agreement with the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology to capitalize and accelerate the use of Toronto-based life sciences technologies during the early stages of pharmaceutical and medical device development. The Translational Innovation Partnership Program (TIPP) is the first co-funding agreement of its kind for MI. (more…) Read more
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