Ryerson University

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

Ryerson University to host Dr. Daniel Kraft on Future of Health and Medicine

MaRS Innovation and the Ontario Centres of Excellence among the event's sponsors On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Diane Francis, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada and a distinguished professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, will guide a conversation that begins with a keynote address by Dr. Daniel Kraft, one of the world’s foremost health experts and innovators whose ideas and work are shaping digital health. Dr. Daniel Kraft will be sharing his insights and experiences as ... 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

Top 10 Portfolio Stories for 2015

2015 created a flurry of activity for MaRS Innovation and our portfolio. As the holidays begin, here are our picks for the top 10 news stories from MI's portfolio in 2015. We look forward to more exciting developments in 2016. You may also have noticed we've refreshed our website and re-organized how we communicate about our work and services. We'd love to hear your thoughts: contact Elizabeth Monier-Williams. Top 10 MI Portfolio Stories for 2015 1.  ChipCare Corporation, a University of Toronto start-up company ... 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

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

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
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