MaRS Innovation Staff

MaRS Innovation highlighted in the ExcelleNCE newsletter

MaRS Innovation was highlighted in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) newsletter on Wednesday, June 22. The article is titled, "MaRS Innovation revolutionizes approach to commercialization, " and discusses the success of the MaRS Innovation commercialization model. The article mentions companies such as ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off of MI and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children that is commercializing a topical prescription cream. It also talks about Encycle Therapeutics, a Toronto biotechnology start-up from the University of Toronto, that has developed a fast, ... Read more

MaRS Innovation: Ahead of Innovation video launched

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 ... Read more

U of T’s David Sinton on new technology for infertility, sperm count

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. Read more

MI’s Joel Liederman on CanadaAM to talk product development

Joel Liederman, vice-president of Physical Sciences, appeared on CanadaAM April 5, 2016 to talk about how to make a product. The interview is part of CanadaAM's "What's Next" segment on technology and entrepreneurship. He and host Beverly Thomson discussed the process for moving from a napkin to a prototype to a market-ready product, including market testing, prototyping, soliciting more customer feedback, and eventually product launch. "Marketing a product is a lot easier now than it used to be," said Liederman. "In the ... Read more

QD Solar receives $2.55 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

TORONTO (March 17, 2016) — QD Solar, a Canadian technology company created by the University of Toronto (U of T) and MaRS Innovation, has received $2.55 million from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). QD Solar’s funding — announced March 4, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development — will galvanize a larger $8.7 million project to revolutionize conventional solar panels that waste a large portion of the available energy in sunlight because ... Read more

MaRS Innovation sponsoring Angels’ Den competition

Prima IP co-sponsoring the Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital event When your business demands staying current with the newest inventions springing up across 15 academic members, keeping pace with what’s happening is half the challenge. That’s part of the reason why MaRS Innovation and Prima IP are sponsoring winners of an Angels’ Den competition involving the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST). iBEST is a partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael's Hospital that brings together Ryerson's engineering and science strengths ... Read more

Global University Venturing features MaRS Innovation’s unique model for technology transfer

MaRS Innovation's "model solves the two weakest points in tech transfer: the lack of dealflow and the ability to match public funding," writes Thierry Heles in, "MaRS Innovation: A Unique Model for Tech Transfer," for Global University Venturing. This feature was also covered in Techopia. The article, which includes an interview with Dr. Rafi Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, was published September 14, 2015. Here's an excerpt exploring the range of MI's portfolio and Hofstein's strategy for addressing technologies emerging in new ... Read more

My Virtual Dream publishes PLOS study on Nuit Blanche results

Baycrest Heath Sciences' "My Virtual Dream," an innovative and interactive live performance experience at the intersection of science, art and music, is currently touring the installation with appearances in Amsterdam in May and more scheduled for Irvine, CA in October. MaRS Innovation is working with the Baycrest team to commercialize the technology behind the demonstration, known as the virtual brain. My Virtual Dream was featured in TechVibes on July 8 and in a PLOS blog published on August 14, 2015. “The Virtual Dream tour ... Read more

MaRS Innovation featured in International Innovation magazine

MaRS Innovation and its member institutions are is profiled in International Innovation's July issue (#191) in a feature interview with Dr. Rafi Hofstein, MI's president and CEO, written by Rosemary Peters. The article is posted on the publication's website and viewable through a digital interface (pages 80 and 81). Here's an excerpt from Dr. Hofstein's comments: "Canada's academic research community is internationally highly competitive, but it has been argued that its scientific commercial success tags behind other countries such as the U.S. and the ... Read more

Call for Applications: MSc Proof-of-Principle Program

The Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program, administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence on behalf of Ontario's Ministry of Research & Innovation, is a province-wide initiative for which MaRS Innovation accepts applications from our 15 member institutions. MaRS Innovation is currently recruiting applications for the July 30, 2015 August 27, 2015 (2 pm) deadline; for submissions to be considered via MI, paperwork must be in byAugust 24, 2015 (4 pm). We've also learned there will be a second call for MScPoP applications in ... Read more
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