The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

BCS’s Bedside PEWS™ covered in Hospital News

Bedside Clinical Systems' (BCS) flagship product, the Bedside Paediatric Warning System or BedSidePEWS™, was covered in the February 2014 edition of Hospital News. The article, written by Rajesh Sharma who is president and CMO of BCS, explains how the technology helps decrease the amount of code blues in paediatric patients. Invented by Dr. Christopher Parshuram of the Hospital of Sick Children (SickKids), Bedside PEWS™ is now in three hospitals in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. The technology received FDA approval last year. Here's an excerpt ... Read more

MaRS Innovation’s 2013 Top 10 List

2013 was an exceptional year for MaRS Innovation. Here are the top 10 news stories from our commercialization portfolio. 1. MaRS Innovation secures a $15 million CECR funding extension In January, MaRS Innovation was one of four Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to be successfully extended by the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. This achievement reflects and recognizes the quality of the startups and licensable technologies within the MaRS Innovation portfolio, as well as the rigour of its business model and the achievements of its ... Read more

OtoSim CEO on growing a successful start-up company with help from MaRS Innovation

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Sinclair, OtoSim’s CEO, was interviewed by PharmaBoadroom.com on October 10, 2013 to discuss the company’s success and plans for the future. OtoSim's otoscopy training device is revolutionizing the way medical students, teachers and nurses perfect otoscopy techniques. The invention, developed by Doctors Vito Forte and Paolo Campisi at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), provides them with a device that simulates the structure of an actual ear rather than only reading techniques from a textbook. The article highlights how effective ... Read more

Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System (BedsidePEWS™) Earns FDA 510(k) Approval

Bedside Clinical Systems to bring paediatric care solution to U.S. hospitals TORONTO, Canada (October 24, 2013) — Bedside Clinical Systems (BCS)’s flagship solution, Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System (BedsidePEWSTM), has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For the complete BedsidePEWS™ FDA Medical Device listing (K124038), click here. This story was covered in Biotechnology Focus. BedsidePEWSTM tracks a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, as part of routine clinical assessments and outputs a single score to ... Read more

Dr. Hofstein’s Op-Ed for The Hill-Times, “Biotechnology research: A knowledge economy”

This op-ed on Canadian biotechnology and the knowledge economy appeared in The Hill-Times (subscription required), Canada's politics and government newsweekly, September 9: Obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, or the more general stresses of an aging population: no matter which area of concern holds our collective gaze from moment to moment, improving health outcomes and healthcare is the No. 1 challenge for the world’s economy. Canada has the holistic approach and translational research necessary to address health care’s pervasive ... 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

Canadian biotech sector makes strong showing at BIO2013

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation's marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI's activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. Nearly 14,000 delegates—representing over 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organizations across the United States and more than 60 countries—attended the 2013 BIO International Convention from April 22 to 26, 2013. The event drew biotechnologists, pharmaceutical industry executives and life sciences researchers, ... Read more

How Canada’s health-care industry is riding a wave of transition

Bedside Clinical Systems featured on Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) panel discussion In an article for YourMississaugaBiz.com, Jon Cook writes, " 'The health-care industry is relying more on the private sector for innovation and small businesses need to make sure they have a strong value proposition in order to get their projects funded,' said Telus Health executive Nicholas Zamora." The article describes a panel discussion organized by the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) on the "intersection of health care and technology ... Read more

What does MaRS Innovation’s funding extension mean for Toronto’s academic entrepreneurs?

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation's marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI's activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. Created in 2008, MaRS Innovation (MI) bridges the chasm between the early-stage technologies emerging from its 16 member institutions and successful startup companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, business development, mentorship and intellectual property protection strategy, MI acts as ... Read more

ScarX Therapeutics featured on cover of Bioworld Today

"More than 240 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, yet there is no approved product on the market to prevent the dermal scarring that can frequently occur," writes Jennifer Boggs, managing editor of BioWorld Today in her cover story on ScarX Therapeutics. The article, "ScarX Finds New Uses for Old Drug in Dermal Scarring," appeared in the New Co section and focuses on the MaRS Innovation-Hospital for Sick Children start-up company. Here's an excerpt: "ScarX Therapeutics, a 2012 Toronto-based start-up, is looking to ... Read more
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