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MaRS Innovation awarded $15 million to further commercialize world-leading Canadian innovations

Networks of Centres of Excellence recognizes strength of partnership between MI and its 16 member institutions TORONTO, February 5, 2013 — How do you make sure the brilliant ideas emerging from Toronto’s academic research community get the best possible chance to succeed? MaRS Innovation (MI), created in 2008, bridges the chasm between these early-stage technologies and successful start-up companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, mentorship and IP strategy protection, MI acts as a commercialization agent for ... Read more

OCE invests $250,000 in ScarX Therapeutics’ revolutionary anti-scarring medication

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 24, 2013) - ScarX Therapeutics, a start-up company commercializing a groundbreaking treatment to dramatically reduce post-operation scarring, is receiving a $250,000 investment from Ontario Centres of Excellence. This story was covered in Yonge Street Media on January 30, 2013. ScarX, a topical medication, emerged from Dr. Benjamin Alman's research. Alman, head of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, is developing his invention in conjunction with MaRS Innovation. Each year, doctors worldwide perform 240 million surgeries. Currently, no clinically-proven prescription ... Read more

Flybits featured as Canadian tech export in UKTI Youtube video

U.K. Trade and Investment (UKTI) has posted a Youtube video featuring Canadian companies looking to expand their operations to Britain. Flybits, a Mars Innovation spin-off company, was among three companies to be profiled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VrtJuSkYqY Flybits is launching a corporate presence in East London's Tech City, which is also known as the Silicon Roundabout. (more…) Read more

Raphael Hofstein’s guest blog for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation

At the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston this week, MaRS Innovation, The Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), the Ontario Brain Institute and the Ontario Centres of Excellence announced we are launching a new life sciences funding program within the Ontario-Québec Corridor. The Ontario-Québec Life Sciences Corridor was itself announced at the 2011 BIO International Convention. Shortly thereafter, Max Felhmann, president and CEO of CQDM, and Raphael Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, decided to collaborate on a joint pilot ... Read more

Encycle investigators receive CQDM investment

CQDM invests $1.5 million in two collaborative projects within the Québec/Ontario Life Sciences Corridor Toronto, December 6, 2011 —  The Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) is pleased to announce $1.5 million in funding for two joint Québec/Ontario research projects in biomedical research. The news was released today at the conference, Connecting Life Sciences Across the Ontario-Québec Corridor, which was held in Toronto. (more…) Read more

Xagenic secures $1 million investment from Ministry of Research & Innovation

Provincial Investment Supports Commercialization of Leading-Edge Molecular Diagnostic Screening Technology TORONTO (July 26, 2011) — Xagenic Inc., one of MaRS Innovation’s (MI) portfolio spin-off companies, was awarded $1 million in funding by Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) through its Investment Accelerator Fund‐Life Sciences (IAF-­LS) program. Research and Innovation Minister Glen Murray made the announcement at MaRS Discovery District. “Today’s announcement will go a long way in helping us to commercialize a technology that will ultimately shape the future of diagnostic testing — instead ... Read more

$15M Funding announcement for CCRM

As part of MaRS Innovation's strategy to bundle technologies, our first initiative focused on regenerative medicine and creating the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) located in Toronto, Ontario. We are pleased that these efforts have been recognized by the Government of Canada's National Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, which recently announced a $15 million funding grant for CCRM through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. (more…) Read more

Xagenic secures $1 million investment in chip-based technology for detecting disease, cancer and infection

Funds secured from MaRS Innovation, HTX, OICR and CCR to speed commercialization of Xagenic's rapid molecular diagnostic technology TORONTO (October 13, 2010) – MaRS Innovation today announced a $500,000 investment in its Toronto-based spin-off company, Xagenic Inc. When combined with funds from other investors and lenders, the new working capital provided to Xagenic totals $1.04 million. This follow‐on financing includes a $300,000 loan from HTX, The Health Technology Exchange; $200,000 from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; $40,000 from the Ontario Centre of Excellence ... Read more

Federal and Provincial Proof of Principle Programs Support Translational Technology Development

TORONTO (August 16, 2010) – MaRS Innovation (MI) is pleased to announce that translational funding to support product development for early-stage technologies from its members has been successfully deployed from federal and provincial sources. At the federal level, three of MI’s commercialization projects have recently received notification of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Proof of Principle (PoP) program, amounting to approximately $470,000. Moreover, MI has successfully deployed about $1 million in proof of principle funding received from the Ontario Ministry of Research ... Read more
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