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SciBX covers Encycle’s partnership with IRICoR, MaRS Innovation and Merck

"The first disclosed grant under Merck & Co. Inc.'s Canadian translational initiative will bolster the ability of macrocycle-based Encycle Therapeutics Inc. to conduct lead optimization of its integrin [a4b7,] inhibitors for inflammatory bowel disease," writes Michael J. Haas in SciBX's feature on the partnership, "Merck Encycles through Canada." The article appears in the publication's December 4, 2014 issue. Read the Encycle press release that prompted this article. The article explores the current grant partnership between Merck, Encycle Therapeutics, MaRS Innovation, the Institute for ... Read more

Triphase announces proteasome inhibitor marizomib demonstrates potent synergistic anti-multiple myeloma activity in combination with pomalidomide

Findings from Preclinical Study Presented at American Society of Hematology 2014 Annual Meeting TORONTO AND SAN DIEGO (Dec. 6, 2014) -- Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase II proof-of-concept clinical studies, today announced preclinical study results demonstrating that the combination of its highly differentiated proteasome inhibitor, marizomib, and pomalidomide (Pomalyst®) was synergistic in killing multiple myeloma cells. MaRS Innovation is an early-stage investor in Triphase. See our web archive for more details. Combined doses of ... Read more

BlueDot, formerly BioDiaspora Inc., secures Series A with Horizons Ventures

Toronto-based commercial arm of BioDiaspora research program tracks global spread of infectious diseases in real-time; fourth MI company to reach Series A TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — BlueDot, a Toronto-based social benefit corporation founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist, tracks and predicts the global spread of infectious diseases. Spun off from St. Michael’s Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation (and formerly known as BioDiaspora Inc.), BlueDot, has secured a Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures. Funded ... Read more

UTEST gets a mention in TechVibes piece on Canada’s growing start-up scene

TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie's "Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun," published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada. Leslie writes: Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. ... 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

UTEST grad TrendMD makes Canadian national media splash

TrendMD, a medical publishing company that helps doctors, researchers, and professionals in STEM-related fields to find the most relevant content amid an unending sea of daily publications, was recently featured in a Canadian Press article by Adam Miller. The article was published on CBC.ca, CTV.ca, Waterloo Record, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Surrey Leader, Metro News, Winnipeg Free Press, Brampton Guardian, Ottawa Citizen, 660 News Radio, Canadian Business, Times Colonist, Yahoo News, Soo Today, Lethbridge Herald and YorkRegion.com, among other sources. The company is ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics developing lead molecule to tackle inflammatory bowel disease

Company's collaborative partnership with IRICoR, Université de Montréal and MaRS Innovation, funded by Merck Canada, to advance macrocycle drug TORONTO and MONTREAL, Nov. 10, 2014 — Encycle Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology start-up founded by Dr. Andrei Yudin of the University of Toronto in partnership with MaRS Innovation, is developing its lead orally-bioavailable macrocycle drug to target integrin a4b7, which is involved in the inflammatory process in a number of diseases, most notably for inflammatory bowel disease. This announcement was covered in SciBX, Drug Discovery ... Read more

Triphase announces Celgene collaborations and license deal with PharmAbcine

Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private, drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase II proof-of-concept, announced October 27, 2014 new and expanded strategic collaborations with Celgene Corporation. This announcement was covered in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN), BioCentury Extra (no link available), Pharmaceutical Business Review (no link available), Scrip and BioWorld Today (no link available). It builds on Triphase's original collaborative agreement with Celgene in January 2014. The company has also announced a new global license for a fully human, bi-specific ... 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

Vasomune Therapeutics awarded $1.5 million to advance lead asset for renal disease

TORONTO (October 20, 2014) — Vasomune Therapeutics, a biotechnology start-up founded by Drs. Dan Dumont and Paul Van Slyke of Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) in partnership with MaRS Innovation, has received $1.5 million, in part through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP), to advance Vasculotide, the company’s lead Tie-2 activating agent, towards clinical development. This announcement was covered in Biotechnology Focus. The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Dr. Pierre Meulien, president and CEO of Genome Canada, announced ... Read more
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