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XOR Labs Closes $2.85 M in New Financing

XOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-oXOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-off from Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network today announced the closing of another financing through a private placement, led by lead investor Regenesis Limited Partnership, along with the participation of its existing investors, including Xenios AG and MaRS Innovation. The total raised in this round is CAN$2.85M. This is a solid vote of confidence and the second investment in XOR for Xenios which invested an additional CAN$2.6M in the company in ... Read more

ScarX announces approval for trial of first clinically-promising scar reduction cream

Toronto, August 18, 2016 – Toronto-based ScarX Therapeutics (ScarX) has received approval from Health Canada to begin a Phase I clinical trial of its SCX-001 nefopam cream, a first-of-its-kind topical treatment developed to significantly reduce surgical scarring. This announcement was covered in Yahoo Finance, The Canadian Business Journal, Global News Wire, and BioSpace. Applied immediately after surgical wound closure, SCX-001 reduces the amount of scar tissue that develops during the body’s natural healing process. The 24-subject Phase I clinical trial will be conducted at ... Read more

Toronto’s QD Solar sole Canadian among five winners of solar technology challenge

QD Solar, a Canadian start-up company, is one of the five winners of the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge. They will receive support from Greentown Launch acceleration and DSM Partnership/Investment to help move forward in developing their technology and bring it closer to market. QD Solar is developing the next generation photovoltaic cells using cutting-edge colloidal quantum dot technology. QD Solar’s proprietary quantum dot-based solar cells use nano-engineered, low-cost materials that can absorb this otherwise wasted infrared light. The world-leading underlying solar technology was developed in ... Read more

Knitt Labs launches KnittBar, raises $50,000 on Kickstarter in six days

UTEST graduate company building a versatile, smart, modular power bar We've all been there: You reach over behind your TV to plug in yet another device to find your power bar’s out of available outlets. You wonder why your electricity bill’s so high and want to know which appliance is the culprit. You forget to turn something off (or did you?) and you’re already halfway to a meeting. Knitt Labs, Inc. has developed KnittBar to solve these frustrating problems for those who are ... Read more

Triphase announces positive results of phase 1 trial of Marizomib and Bevacizumab in malignant glioma

TORONTO and SAN DIEGO (June 4, 2016) — Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase 2 proof-of-concept, today announced positive results from its Phase 1 proof-of-concept study evaluating marizomib in combination with bevacizumab in patients with WHO grade IV malignant glioma. These results were presented in a poster session during the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago on June 4, 2016. “These results confirm our original hypothesis that this combination therapy is ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: Canada’s Contagiously Creative Life Sciences Sector

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published the following guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation’s president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications. There’s a historical trend in Canadian culture with far-reaching effects for the way we do business, ranging from entertainment to academia to science. Namely, it’s that until quite recently, Canadians weren’t into cultivating national star systems. [1] As Gideon Hayden recently wrote for TechCrunch, if you’re a Canadian tall poppy ... 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

The BBC features Flybits and Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone

"With massive amounts of cash being pumped into development by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and context-aware startups such as Flybits, the PA in everybody’s pocket could soon be a reality," Nick Clayton wrote in BBC Capital about virtual personal assistants (Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc.). Flybits was founded by Hossein Rahnama, Research and Innovation Director at Ryerson University Digital Media Zone in partnership with MaRS Innovation. Flybits is a software solution that makes it simple to personalize an app's behaviour. Digital marketers can use this information to then ... Read more

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @ Toronto

TORONTO (May 11, 2016) –  Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, today announced the opening of JLABS @ Toronto, a new 40,000-square-foot life sciences incubator, providing entrepreneurs shared lab space and offices, modular lab suites and access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts as they work to build important and successful early-stage companies. The new JLABS facility can accommodate up to 50 start-ups and opens with 22 companies that represent a range of sectors including therapeutics, medical devices and consumer health ... Read more

UTEST program announces investments in five U of T start-ups

Companies in fourth cohort developing products ranging from software to therapeutic platforms; applications for fifth cohort, in partnership with MLA48, open until May 27, 2016 TORONTO (May 9, 2016) — The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) incubator, co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation with financial support from the Connaught Fund, has announced five investments in start-up companies from Cohort 4. The five companies and the diverse sectors they target are: Ardra Bio, which is ... Read more
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