Partnerships

Triphase Accelerator Enters Partnership with Celgene for Leukemia Therapy

Toronto, ON, Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Triphase Accelerator, a Toronto-based drug development company, has entered into a new strategic partnership with Celgene Corporation. The focus of the collaboration will be on a pre-clinical therapeutic developed by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) for the treatment of leukemia and other blood cancers, specifically targeting the WDR5 protein. Under the terms of the agreement, Celgene has the option to acquire TRPH-395 from Triphase Accelerator. Celgene will pay an upfront amount of ... Read more

LAB150 adds two projects: Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Toronto, ON, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation announced today the concurrent launch of two new LAB150 projects. These projects build on breakthroughs in disease-focused scientific research by prominent teams at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto, both of which are Members of MaRS Innovation. LAB150 is a partnership between MaRS Innovation and Evotec AG with the goal of accelerating academic research towards commercial outcomes by providing funding and access to pharmaceutically validated platforms ... Read more

Fibrocor Therapeutics enters deal with Galapagos NV

Toronto, ON, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fibrocor Therapeutics, a privately held Canadian company, and Galapagos NV, a Belgo-Dutch pharmaceutical research company, have announced the formation of a partnership for the development of therapeutics to treat fibrotic diseases of the kidney and other organs. In 2017 MaRS Innovation founded, and subsequently seed-funded, Fibrocor. The company is based on research from two of MaRS Innovation’s Member institutions, St. Michael’s Hospital and Sinai Health Systems – specifically, from the labs of Drs. Richard ... Read more

MI Leads Special Health Innovation & Investment Mission to Seoul

Toronto, April 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Rafi Hofstein, President and CEO of MaRS Innovation (MI) announced today that as part of Toronto Health Innovation Week, MI will lead a special health innovation and investment mission to Seoul, South Korea from May 9 to May 11, 2018. Representatives from 14 Ontario research institutions and innovation companies from life sciences and healthcare sectors will participate in the mission. Exporting Ontario’s world-class innovations, technologies and expertise to new, fast-growing markets around the world ... Read more

Zucara raises US$3.9M Funding to advance drug for hypoglycemia prevention

Toronto and Vancouver, Canada: Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a diabetes life sciences company advancing the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia), has secured US$3.9 million in non-dilutive funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. As part of the agreement, Helmsley will provide the funding to support preclinical advancement of Zucara’s lead drug candidate. The partnership is structured as a program-related investment (PRI) in the form of a loan to Zucara. Zucara recently defined its lead drug candidate ... Read more

$800,000 MaRS Innovation–Pfizer Translational Research Fund

KIRKLAND, Quebec and TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfizer Canada is proud to announce an $800,000 contribution to MaRS Innovation to support the vision and mission of MaRS Innovation by providing funding for new ideas or technologies in the health sciences including; therapeutics, diagnostic and treatment tools, manufacturing technologies, and technologies that enable health sciences research. The MaRS Innovation – Pfizer Translational Research Fund will be managed by MaRS Innovation and projects in the area of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, immunology, ... Read more

Launch of Bright Angel Therapeutics

New York, NY and Toronto Canada, Dec. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Schrödinger, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to revolutionizing drug discovery through advanced computational methods, and MaRS Innovation, a non-profit organization supporting the commercialization of research breakthroughs from Toronto’s leading academic institutions, today announced the launch of Bright Angel Therapeutics. The new Toronto-based company is focused on the development of novel therapeutics for treatment of drug-resistant and life-threatening fungal infections. Bright Angel’s first program is based on foundational research from ... Read more

Fibrocor Therapeutics Appoints Its First CEO

Toronto, Nov. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fibrocor Therapeutics (Fibrocor) announced today that Mark Steedman has been appointed as its first president and CEO, and will serve as a member of Fibrocor’s board of directors. Mr. Steedman is the co-founder of Interface Biologics where he most recently served as VP, Business Development. He was responsible for all start-up operations including financing and business development up to Series A totaling $13M, and was instrumental in early transactions with large multinational corporations, which ultimately led ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics announces discovery collaboration with Pfizer Inc.

TORONTO, November 1, 2017 – Encycle Therapeutics (“Encycle”), a Toronto-based drug discovery company built on a unique chemistry that enables the synthesis of a new type of constrained peptide called “nacellins,” today announced a research collaboration with Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”) (NYSE: PFE). Encycle and Pfizer will partner to optimize certain nacellins, which were previously identified by Pfizer during a screening of Encycle’s proprietary nacellin library, that act on an undisclosed therapeutic target. Nacellins are a type of peptide macrocycle that can often exhibit ... Read more

LAB150 – Strategic Partnership with Evotec AG

Toronto, Sept. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation (“MI”) and Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today announced the launch of “LAB150”.  This transformational Toronto-based partnership will give Canada access to the world-class infrastructure and drug discovery expertise of Evotec, and pair it with cutting-edge drug discovery projects emerging from the 15 Member institutions of MaRS Innovation. A crucial lack of the funding, specialized infrastructure and drug development expertise necessary to translate disease-related biological pathways into focused drug ... Read more
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