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MaRS Innovation and KHIDI commence joint research initiatives

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 18, 2017) - MaRS Innovation (MI) and its South Korean partner, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), continue to build on the five-year global partnership agreement signed in December 2016 during Premier Wynne's mission to the Republic of Korea. Together with Minister Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Rafi Hofstein, CEO of MI, is in Seoul to further the joint research initiatives first envisaged last year. Five outstanding Ontario scientists from some of MI's Member institutions are ... Read more

QD Solar Secures Over $10M for Development of Solar Energy Technologies

TORONTO (February 13, 2017):  QD Solar, a Canadian technology company created by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, announced today the closing of a C$2.5M Series A funding led by DSM Venturing, with matching investment participation from existing investors, MaRS innovation and KAUST Innovation Fund. The development of this technology is also supported by project funding that was announced in March 2016 from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) through a C$2.5M grant, and through the generous support of the Ontario Research ... 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

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

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

TrendMD graduates from Ycombinator and announces new partnerships

It’s been a busy quarter for UTEST company TrendMD. Fresh off their participation in Ycombinator’s Winter 2016 cohort, which was covered in TechCrunch, the company has announced partnerships with HighWire and Integra. TrendMD, a Canadian start-up company, is a content recommendation engine for scholarly publishers. They work with over 2,000 medical journals by organizing and tailoring information to the appropriate audiences. This functionality creates several opportunities for various researchers to promote their research and clinical practices in their respective fields. TrendMD launched through ... Read more

Miroculus acquires Kapplex to advance diagnostics for complex diseases

Canadian innovation will give patients affordable, non-invasive, accurate test for cancer or infectious diseases; R&D team to remain in Toronto discovery district TORONTO and SAN FRANCISCO (May 3, 2016) — Miroculus, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company specializing in microRNA-based diagnostics, today announced an agreement to acquire Toronto-based Kapplex Inc. The Canadian company’s proprietary Digital Microfluidic (DMF) platform is built upon the research of Dr. Aaron Wheeler, a world-leader in microfluidics research at the University of Toronto. This announcement was covered in GenomeWeb and PeHub. When ... Read more
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