Partnerships

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

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

Evotec and MaRS Innovation establish strategic partnership to launch Fibrocor Therapeutics

Toronto, Canada and Hamburg, Germany, 17 January 2017: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) and MaRS Innovation today announced the launch of Fibrocor Therapeutics LP (“Fibrocor”), a Toronto-based company focused on developing first-in-class therapeutics targeting fibrotic diseases. The company was launched with CDN $ 2.8 m (approx. $ 2.1 m) financing, which includes cash from MaRS Innovation. Evotec will provide all drug discovery activities and will also receive an equity stake. Fibrocor takes a new approach to understanding and ... Read more

MaRS Innovation and KHIDI, South Korea, Creates $100M Global Commercialization Partnership

Today MaRS Innovation (MI) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) signed a five year global partnership agreement to commercialize the latest advances in biomedical and healthcare innovations which is expected to generate new startups worth over $100M. This agreement will promote the co-development and commercialization of medical technologies and therapeutics between Ontario and South Korea in concert with industry and government. It will provide the resources to develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems and ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics Receives Cash Injection to Advance Novel Diabetes Drug Therapy to Prevent Hypoglycemia

VANCOUVER and TORONTO, Canada (November 3, 2016) — Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a pre-clinical life sciences company advancing a novel long-term therapeutic approach to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, announced it has received a $525,000 investment from Canadian partners: Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) and MaRS Innovation (MI). This unique deal brings together three organizations mandated with enabling the growth of Canada’s health sciences sector. Each partner brings its respective strengths to the table: capital, ... Read more

MaRS Innovation highlighted in the ExcelleNCE newsletter

MaRS Innovation was highlighted in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) newsletter on Wednesday, June 22. The article is titled, "MaRS Innovation revolutionizes approach to commercialization, " and discusses the success of the MaRS Innovation commercialization model. The article mentions companies such as ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off of MI and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children that is commercializing a topical prescription cream. It also talks about Encycle Therapeutics, a Toronto biotechnology start-up from the University of Toronto, that has developed a fast, ... 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
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