Media Coverage

UTEST grad Crowdmark profiled in The Globe and Mail article

Crowdmark, a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's first cohort, was the focus of a February 17 article by Ivor Tossell, The Globe and Mail's technology culture columnist. Created by U of T professor James Colliander, Crowdmark allows educators to quickly and efficiently grade large amounts of tests and exams. Tossell highlighted Crowdmark's innovation and ease-of-use for the grader. The product is cloud-based, meaning that a team of educators marking the same group of exams don't have to be in ... Read more

WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign co-directors featured in MedCity News article

MaRS Innovation's Dr. Fazila Seker and Elizabeth Monier-Williams spoke with Deanna Pogorelc of MedCity News about how to define success for campaigns crowdfunding for technologies and research related to the medical field. The article, in MedCity News' Hot Topics section, questions whether a crowdfunding campaign needs to reach its funding goal to be deemed successful. Seker and Monier-Williams completed an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in December for WaveCheck, a clinical technique developed to let women and men know if their breast cancer chemotherapy is working ... Read more

Huffington Post : MaRS Innovation among driving forces in Canada’s start-up landscape

In "Big-Brain Hunting: The Key to Supercluster Success," the Huffington Post's Pat Lynch investigates how and what makes start-ups successful. Attracting top-talent is listed as a major reason, but so is the environment required to give start-ups the tools they need to flourish. Lynch highlights MaRS Innovation as a driving force in sustaining the innovation industry in Canada by attracting big ideas and global talent, using former MI project manager Lyssa Neel as an example. Neel helped launch the education sector start-up Crowdmark, and ... Read more

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

Y Combinator-backed Whirlscape closes $500,000 seed funding round

Minuum keyboard creators accelerate wearable device input technology development TORONTO, Canada (February 6, 2014) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” have closed an investment seed round for just over $500,000 (USD). Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital, and a dozen other prominent angel investors have contributed to the round. Whirlscape’s plans for the capital involve innovating beyond its participation in Silicon Valley’s start-up accelerator Y Combinator. Whirlscape also aims to consolidate the success of its Minuum keyboard ... Read more

$200,000 donation to establish Student Training Fund in Otoscopy at U of T

OtoSim™ device’s integration into medical students’ curriculum to help improve diagnosis accuracy by 44 per cent TORONTO, ON (Feb. 5, 2014) — The University of Toronto (U of T) is creating a Student Training Fund in Otoscopy in partnership with OtoSim Inc., thanks to a $200,000 donation led by Mr. Ralph Chiodo, founder of Active Green + Ross. Other donors include some franchisees of Active Green + Ross and others among Chiodo’s friends and associates. The Halldale Group, a publisher specializing in simulation ... Read more

Slyce acquires YorkU computer vision technology for retail e-commerce

Deal led by MaRS Innovation and Innovation York to strengthen Slyce’s mobile image recognition application for retail e-commerce TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014—Slyce today announced that it has acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York PhD student, Dr. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi, to lead the integration of the intellectual property into Slyce’s Visual Search Platform as their new head of Research & Development. Slyce is a premium provider of visual ... Read more

MI’s Rafi Hofstein featured in Biotechnology Focus

In a January 24, 2014 Biotechnology Focus cover article, author Shawn Lawrence discusses MaRS Innovation President and CEO Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein's recent visit to learn more of the emerging science and technology markets in Singapore and Japan. The trip allowed Hofstein to discuss current MI projects, specifically start-ups XLV Diagnostics Inc. and DVLR Therapeutics Inc., whose products could benefit from Singapore's proximity to medical technology markets in India and China. Hofstein joined other delegates from Canada, including Dr. Mark Poznansky, president and CEO of the ... Read more

Council of Academic Hospitals features WaveCheck technology and crowdfunding campaign

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario's online magazine highlighted WaveCheck on February 3, 2014 as a more personalized approach to cancer treatments because of the technology's ability to effectively monitor chemotherapy response. WaveCheck's technology, invented by Dr. Gregory Czarnota of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor Michael C. Kolios of Ryerson University, allows women and men undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer to know if their treatment is working at the beginning of treatment (within one to four weeks) rather than at ... Read more

Bioprinter covered on CTV’s Canada AM

The Bioprinter project, a three-way initiative from MaRS Innovation, the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, was featured on Canada AM on January 29 during a segment with Dr. Marla Shapiro, the program's Health and Medical Expert. The Bioprinter, whose commercial applications are being developed by MI's Fanny Sie, is a 3D printer than can print on organic material, including skin. Click here to watch the full segment on CTV's Canada AM.  Shapiro visited Dr. Marc Jeschke and his team in his lab at Sunnybrook to ... Read more
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