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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

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

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

QD Solar receives $2.55 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

TORONTO (March 17, 2016) — QD Solar, a Canadian technology company created by the University of Toronto (U of T) and MaRS Innovation, has received $2.55 million from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). QD Solar’s funding — announced March 4, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development — will galvanize a larger $8.7 million project to revolutionize conventional solar panels that waste a large portion of the available energy in sunlight because ... Read more

Accel-Rx and BDC Capital make second portfolio investment in ScarX Therapeutics

MaRS Innovation portfolio company completing Phase 1 human clinical trial of drug to prevent dermal scarring VANCOUVER (February 16, 2016) — Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx), a Centre of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research (CECR), and its partner BDC Capital today announced their second joint investment in ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis). Accel-Rx and BDC Capital, and other investors including MaRS Innovation, have invested a total of $2 million in ScarX. This investment will ... Read more

Ontario advancing nine medical research projects in cancer, heart disease and sleep apnea to market

Applications for next MSc PoP granting round being accepted until February 25, 2016 TORONTO (January 26, 2016) — Nine Ontario-based medical research projects built on great science with potential for significant economic impact are advancing a step closer to market entry thanks to funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program. The projects range from cancer to heart disease to sleep apnea in children. Applications for the next MSc PoP granting round are open until March 4, 2016. To ... Read more

UTEST grad eQOL receives $350,000 for remote patient monitoring program

UTEST graduate eQOL has received $350,000 from the Ontario Government to support patients managing their kidney dialysis at home. eQOL's solutions use mobile tablets technology to support patients in managing independent care at home. The funding, part of an Ontario Centres of Excellence program to support technology used to remotely monitor and care for Ontario patients, was announced December 1, 2015 and covered in Canadian Healthcare Technology. eQOL has partnered with London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario Telemedicine Network and the Kidney Foundation of Canada ... Read more

Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS secure Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS for Toronto – first JLABS Incubator outside of United States

Partners for JLABS @ Toronto include Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation and seven of MI's 15 member institutions   TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2015 — The Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) today announced a collaboration with Janssen Inc. to launch the successful Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS incubator model in Toronto. This announcement has been covered in the Toronto Star, Metro News Canada, Sing Tao Daily, OurWindsor.ca, FierceBiotech, BioCentury, MedCity News, BioSpace, Biotechnology Focus, Lab Product News, ChinaNews.com, Pan European Networks, Economic ... Read more

LegWorks takes top spot at Parapan Am accessibility tech pitch contest

BresoTec, formerly known as ApneaDx, also among top five finalists TORONTO, August 11, 2015 – Legworks' next-generation prosthetic knee took first place in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) Parapan Am Games-affiliated Accessibility Tech Pitch competition. The company immediately said it would use the $20,000 award to fit 200 amputees in developing countries with its device. Legworks was selected from 18 participants in a two-day elimination pitch competition – one of the features of the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility Innovation Showcase held at MaRS ... Read more
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