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Triphase secures FDA orphan drug designation for Marizomib in Malignant Glioma

TORONTO and SAN DIEGO (November 19, 2015) -- Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase 2 proof-of-concept, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for marizomib to treat patients with malignant glioma. Malignant glioma is an aggressive form of brain cancer for which there is a significant unmet need in current treatments due to the disease's poor prognosis. Triphase is evaluating marizomib, a novel and highly ... Read more

Flybits named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Companies to Watch

Flybits, a Ryerson University start-up company created in partnership with MaRS Innovation, has been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Companies to Watch list. According to TechVibes, "Companies were selected for their technological innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and growth. Now in its 18th year, Technology Fast 50 celebrated companies with an average four-year growth rate of 1,293%." You can read TechVibes' coverage of the Deloitte announcement here. The full list, of which 62% are software companies, is posted on Deloitte's website. (more…) Read more

UTEST cited among Toronto’s top 10 tech accelerators

UTEST, the tech accelerator co-directed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, was named to BlogTO's Top 10 list of technology accelerators on November 8, 2015. The list was published just weeks before the announcement of the fourth UTEST cohort, and included recognition of TrendMD and Whirlscape as notable startups among the graduated UTEST companies. Here's the excerpt: UTEST, a collaboration between U of T and MaRs Innovation, is in its fourth year of operation with 15 teams. The program is one year ... Read more

TrendMD’s recommendation engine now reaches 70 STEM publishers, 12 million readers

TrendMD's content recommendation engine, an innovative content marketing solution, delivered 450,000 article readers last month Faced with the challenge of finding research they need across a staggering and ever-growing number of articles online, researchers and clinicians are clicking on personalized article recommendations delivered by TrendMD’s recommendation widget. TrendMD is a graduate of the UTEST program's third cohort. Using sophisticated algorithms across millions of articles served each month, recommended articles are identified based on keywords and user behaviour, such as click behaviour (“people that read ... Read more

Crowdmark successfully pilots two-stage exams in North America

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2015 - Working with five leading universities in North America during 2014-15, Crowdmark Inc., a collaborative online grading and analytics platform, has demonstrated the benefits and advantages of using two-stage examinations in a number of undergraduate programs in post-secondary institutions across the world. Crowdmark has worked with universities to introduce two-stage exams as a way to integrate collaborative learning and assessment into the traditional exam format. In a two-stage exam, students individually complete the exam and then, working in ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics raises $2.85 million to advance macrocycle platform and pipeline

TORONTO, ON (September 30, 2015) — Encycle Therapeutics, Inc., a University of Toronto spin-off company created in partnership with MaRS Innovation, announced today that it has completed a $2.85 million (CAD) financing led by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. through its venture capital arm, Takeda Ventures, Inc., with Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, BDC Capital and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. This news was covered in PEHub, BetaKit and TechVibes. The funding will support ongoing development of Encycle’s unique nacellin platform chemistry and advance the company’s ... Read more

Financial Post covers Onyx Motion’s Swish app, scheduled to launch in November

Company plans future sports applications for tennis and golf for its Motion Marketplace Swish by Onyx Motion "takes advantage of motion sensors to provide accurate tips and feedback to improve play," wrote Robert Liwanag in "App for smartwatches helps users become better basketball players" for the Financial Post's "Entrepreneur" section on September 28, 2015. "Using it is simple — you turn it on, press calibrate and lift your arms and hands as you would to shoot a basket," wrote Liwanag. "The objective is to ... Read more

Triphase announces Health Canada approval to initiate Marizomib Phase 1 study in recurrent glioma patients

TORONTO and SAN DIEGO (September 25, 2015) — Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase 2 proof-of-concept, today announced that it has received approval from Health Canada to initiate its Phase 1 clinical study of marizomib in combination with bevacizumab (Avastin®) in patients with recurrent malignant glioma in Canada. Marizomib is a novel and highly potent proteasome inhibitor that readily penetrates the blood brain barrier. It prevents the breakdown of proteins involved in signal ... 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

TD announces exclusive Canadian agreement with Flybits

Companies to collaborate on creating enhanced personalized mobile experiences for TD customers TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2015 — TD Bank Group and Flybits today announced an exclusive agreement within the Canadian financial services industry to collaborate on providing TD customers with more personalized mobile banking experiences. This announcement was covered in Forbes, BetaKit, TechVibes, IT Business.ca, Marketing Magazine, CAN Tech Letter and Strategy online. The Flybits cloud-based software program transforms mobile apps to deliver rich, contextual experiences to each user, including personalized financial advice—where and ... Read more
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