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Posts Tagged: The Globe and Mail

Federal government awards the University of Toronto $114-million regenerative medicine grant

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the federal government announced a $114-million grant to cement the University of Toronto's position as one of the world's leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs to treat degenerative disease. This announcement was covered in The Globe & Mail and Lab Products News, and by CBC.ca, CTV News and Global TV. MaRS Innovation was specifically mentioned as a commercialization partner in the Toronto Star's coverage. As the university's commercialization agent, MaRS Innovation welcomes this ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: It’s time to declare an end to Canada’s two research solitudes

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation's president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications. The article explores the way research focused on discovery and commercialization are often viewed or positioned as competitors within the funding ecosystem and the need to align their goals: The time of Canada’s French and English solitudes may be past, as Governor General Michaëlle Jean notably stated when she took office ... Read more

Globe and Mail features UTEST company eQOL’s home dialysis technology

"When Binh Nguyen, then a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, was working in the renal engineering department of a local hospital, he was struck by what he felt was a suboptimal setup for dialysis treatment," writes Jordana Dixon in "Health startup helps patients become more independent," for the Globe and Mail on April 13, 2015. eQOL Inc. is a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation start-up company that participated in and graduated from the University of Toronto ... Read more

How to get accepted into the UTEST start-up incubator: Drive and differentiation

UTEST is now accepting applications to Cohort 4 Editor's note: As of today, the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program, which MaRS Innovation co-directs with the University of Toronto, is accepting applications for Cohort 4. The full application is available on the UTEST website.  In meantime, it's our pleasure to reprint Brianna Goldberg's "day-in-the-life-of-an-entrepreneur" feature on Cohort 3 company Nvest, published for U of T News. Jackie Yan focuses on tweaking his PowerPoint slide deck despite the chaos unfolding around him. Near the ... Read more

Portfolio round-up: UTEST, Nvest and Whirlscape news

Sometimes there's so much happening with the MaRS Innovation portfolio that it's hard to stay on top of all the news. Here are a few UTEST program stories that we missed in February. UTEST was named to FundThrough.com's list of "6 Exciting Canadian Startup Accelerators to Watch in 2015." Program co-directors Mike Betts and Kurtis Scissons point out that UTEST does take an equity position in the incubated companies and does not run on a grant basis as mentioned in the ... Read more

Holland Bloorview’s Anxiety Meter included in Globe and Mail’s neuroscience feature

"Research labs across Ontario are full of ingenious – and even life-saving – inventions. Unfortunately, many of them never make it to market," writes Wendy Leung in "These six great neuroscience ideas could make the leap from lab to market" in the November 20, 2014 edition of the Globe and Mail. MaRS Innovation, which was created to help researchers solve exactly this problem, has a project with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital that was featured in Leung's article. Asim Siddiqi founded the anxiety ... Read more

Xagenic’s Shana Kelley named to Globe and Mail’s Top 12 Canadian Innovators

Dr. Shana Kelley, co-founder of Xagenic Inc. and a professor of biochemistry at the University of Toronto, has been named to the Globe and Mail's Top 12 Canadian Innovators list. The contest solicited nominations from across Canada that were assessed by a panel of judges. According to the Globe, the contest "recognizes talented Canadians who not only have great ideas, but also turn them into reality." Here's an excerpt: Another innovator who is taking on the traditional way of doing things is Ms. Kelley, ... 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

Frost & Sullivan awards Xagenic award for new product innovation leadership

Market research company lauds start-up for developing a breakthrough workflow while dramatically improving point-of-care diagnosis (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif) May 20, 2014 — Based on its recent analysis of the point-of-care diagnostics market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Xagenic Inc. with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. Xagenic’s revolutionary product, the Xagenic X1™ system, is a point-of-care platform with intuitive features to provide lab-free molecular diagnostic testing. It is unique as a low-cost, simple, rapid sample-to-answer desktop instrument, ... Read more

WaveCheck breast cancer technology receives $100,000

OICR's catalyst grant enables WaveCheck to open first partner site at MD Anderson Cancer Center in May TORONTO, April 8, 2014 -- People with breast cancer are a step closer to knowing if their tumour is responding to chemotherapy at the start of treatment, thanks to a $100,000 catalyst grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). The funding builds upon MaRS Innovation's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for WaveCheck, which successfully raised over $50,000 from over 500 supporters worldwide in two months last ... Read more
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