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Mobile Syrup announces Minuum keyboard to launch “early next week”

The Minuum Project has achieved such international buzz that even the news of a beta launch from Whirlscape Inc. without a firm date generated media interest. Mobile Syrup, one of the first technology outlets to report on the company's Indiegogo campaign, filed a post on next week's beta release launch by Ian Hardy on June 14, 2013: Toronto-based Whirlscape developed Minuum, the one-dimensional simplified keyboard for smartphones, tablets and wearable technology. This idea gained a great deal of attention back in March when ... Read more

Crowdmark to save teacher marking time and government dollars

Ed-tech start-up completes successful EQAO and Canadian Open Math Challenge pilots TORONTO, Canada (June 11, 2013) — Crowdmark Inc., a Canadian education technology start-up, is positioned to save cash-strapped Departments of Education millions by making massive-scale testing more efficient. Crowdmark has raised $600,000 in seed funding through the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program, MaRS Innovation and U of T’s Connaught Fund, among others. This story was covered by Yonge Street Media, TechVibes, EdSurge and PEHub. The Crowdmark assessment interface, informed by decades ... Read more

UTEST named one of Canada’s seven true start-up accelerators

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program,  part of U of T’s growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services, has been named one of Canada's seven true start-up accelerators. The findings come from Helen Kula's MaRS Data Catalyst report and were covered by Rob Lewis of TechVibes. (more…) Read more

MaRS Innovation on The Agenda’s 3D Printing Epsiode

MI's Fanny Sie and Shotlst Co-founder Matt Ratto talk bioprinting, healthcare, civil rights and home manufacturing with Steve Paikin Fanny Sie, project manager in physical sciences and medical devices with specialization in medical imaging, appeared on TVO’s The Agenda on June 5, 2013 to discuss 3D printing. Click here to watch Fanny Sie on The Agenda. Sie manages the Bioprinter technology, which was touched upon during the interview. The bioprinter was invented by Axel Guenther, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical ... Read more

MI’s Fanny Sie and Shotlst Founder Matt Ratto to appear on TVO’s The Agenda 8 pm

MaRS Innovation's Fanny Sie, project manager in physical sciences and medical devices with specialization in medical imaging, is appearing on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin at 8 pm on June 5, 2013 to discuss 3D printing and the technology's applications in healthcare and other aspects of human society. Sie manages the Bioprinter technology, which was invented by Axel Guenther, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, PhD student Lian Leng and a team of other researchers. ... Read more

MaRS Discovery District launches MaRS EXCITE to help breakthrough technologies reach patients faster

MI start-up ApneaDx Inc. among program's first round of participants The first three companies selected to participate in the MaRS EXCITE program aim to improve outcomes for breast cancer, sleep apnea and drug-resistant hypertension. The Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation (EXCITE) initiative helps companies accelerate the adoption and reimbursement of innovative health technologies through a single, harmonized, pre-market, evidence-based process. EXCITE has selected ApneaDx Inc., Medtronic of Canada Ltd. and Rna Diagnostics Inc. as the program’s initial participants. (more…) Read more

Four professors working with MaRS Innovation among U of T’s Inventors of the Year

Four University of Toronto (U of T) professors who have commercialization projects in various stages with MaRS Innovation were named to the university's list of Inventors of the Year. “The Inventor of the Year Award is meant to recognize inventions that have the potential to improve our quality of life,” said Professor Paul Young, vice-president (research and innovation) and a member of MaRS Innovation's Board of Directors. “The winning inventions represent the very best of innovation at U of T, and on ... Read more

ClevrU vice chair featured in CBC’s Transforming Tech series

Dana Fox, vice chair of Waterloo-based ClevrU Corporation, was featured in CBC's Transforming Tech: Changing Careers in the Digital Age series, hosted by Matthew Kang. The interview explores Fox's career and decision to co-found ClevrU and his ongoing role in the start-up's development. Fox's interview runs just over six minutes. After clicking the link, scroll down the page to the second interview to play the audio file. (more…) Read more

Five UTEST companies to tackle critical healthcare challenges

Program's second cohort includes eQOL, E-Twenty Development, Root2Crown, Treata Smart Solutions and TrendMD TORONTO (May 14, 2013) — Five companies tackling pervasive healthcare challenges — such as assessing dental health, helping patients and medical personnel navigate hospitals with greater ease, staying current with medical literature, or creating digital tools to help care for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions — have been admitted to the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s second cohort. UTEST, supported by the University of ... Read more

Financial Post profiles OtoSim Inc.’s innovative medical learning device

"If there's one profession for which you don't want students to have learning gaps, it's medicine," Rebecca Walberg wrote in the Smart Shift: Agenda for Innovation section in the Financial Post on May 7 (reprinted in the Vancouver Sun on May 9 and in the Calgary Herald on June 6, 2013). "Yet that's exactly what Dr. Paolo Campisi saw while working with medical students at the University of Toronto." Walberg's article, "Innovation in medical learning a Canadian business success story," describes the ... Read more
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