Media Coverage

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

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

Israel’s BioLineRx and Canada’s MaRS Innovation sign framework collaboration agreement

Agreement signed as part of Ontario's life sciences trade mission to Israel TEL AVIV and TORONTO (May 16, 2016) – BioLineRx Ltd. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that it has signed a framework collaboration agreement with MaRS Innovation,  the commercialization agent for 15 of Toronto's top academic institutions. Under the terms of the agreement, BioLineRx intends to review innovative projects and assets of start-up companies originating from MaRS Innovation's members to identify in-licensing, co-development or other ... 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

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

BioTuesdays features Xagenic and company’s molecular diagnostic beta trials

"Closely-held Xagenic plans to conduct beta studies this year, in advance of a major chlamydia and gonorrhea clinical trial, with its rapid X1 molecular diagnostic testing system in preparation for market launches in Europe and the U.S.," Leonard Zahr wrote in a feature article on Xagenic's product development progress for BioTuesdays on April 19, 2016. Xagenic was founded by University of Toronto Professor Shana Kelley in partnership with MaRS Innovation and U of T's Innovations & Partnerships Office in 2010. The company ... 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

BlueDot profiled in Toronto Star for anticipating Zika virus spread

BlueDot, a Canadian company that helps decision-makers prepare for and response to infectious disease outbreaks, was profiled in the Toronto Star for their work in tracking the Zika virus. The company, founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, was spun-off from St. Michael's Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation. The company raised a Series A with Horzions Ventures in 2015. Here's an excerpt from Kate Allen's article: Wayne Gretzky may be an unlikely inspiration for an infectious disease researcher. Yet here Dr. Kamran Khan is, on ... Read more

MLA48 Angel Investment Fund Completes Third Investment in UTEST Company

MLA48 leads ConferenceCloud pre-seed round in cooperation with UTEST TORONTO, CANADA (January 11, 2016) — MLA48, Canada’s first angel investment fund committed to providing a 48-hour turnaround on investment decisions, has announced its third investment in ConferenceCloud, an innovative digital platform that provides a virtual solution for the next generation of hybrid conference events. TechVibes and BetaKit covered this announcement. The University of Toronto also published a web story on Olivia and John-Alan Simmons and their start-up journey. Founded in 2014 by siblings Olivia ... Read more
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