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LAB150 – A new paradigm in drug discovery

Click on link to read an article by Drs. Rafi Hofstein and Werner Lanthaler published in December 2017 in the online publication Global University Venturing: http://bit.ly/2Ba9vH2 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

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care selects BresoTec for Sleep Apnea Test Project

Toronto, Canada, May 16, 2017 – BresoDx®, developed by BresoTec, has been selected by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) for use in a home-based sleep apnea demonstration project with sleep clinics across Ontario. For the first time in the province,patients and sleep physicians will have the option to diagnose sleep apnea in the home. Invented at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute by Dr. Hisham Alshaer, BresoDx® is the world’s first cordless, single-user, home sleep test used to diagnose sleep apnea. BresoDx® aims ... Read more

QD Solar Secures Over $10M for Development of Solar Energy Technologies

TORONTO (February 13, 2017):  QD Solar, a Canadian technology company created by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, announced today the closing of a C$2.5M Series A funding led by DSM Venturing, with matching investment participation from existing investors, MaRS innovation and KAUST Innovation Fund. The development of this technology is also supported by project funding that was announced in March 2016 from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) through a C$2.5M grant, and through the generous support of the Ontario Research ... Read more

Acquisition of First Compound from Triphase by Celgene

Toronto-based MaRS Innovation announced today that one of its leading portfolio companies, Triphase Accelerator Corporation (Triphase), has agreed to sell assets relating to its first investigational compound, marizomib (MRZ) to U.S.-based Celgene Corporation, through an affiliate, for an undisclosed amount. Marizomib is the first major divestiture of a compound developed inside a MaRS Innovation portfolio company. Triphase was established by MaRS Innovation in partnership with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and MaRS Discovery District, with a single powerful mandate of ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics inks license agreement with CDRD

This new license is an important step forward in bringing a new drug therapy closer to patients living with diabetes as it will enable us to access a promising lead drug candidate and position us to start clinical trials as early as 2018. Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a pre-clinical life sciences company advancing a novel long-term therapeutic approach to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, has signed a licensing agreement with The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) for access to a ... Read more

XOR Labs Closes $2.85 M in New Financing

XOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-oXOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-off from Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network today announced the closing of another financing through a private placement, led by lead investor Regenesis Limited Partnership, along with the participation of its existing investors, including Xenios AG and MaRS Innovation. The total raised in this round is CAN$2.85M. This is a solid vote of confidence and the second investment in XOR for Xenios which invested an additional CAN$2.6M in the company in ... Read more

ScarX announces approval for trial of first clinically-promising scar reduction cream

Toronto, August 18, 2016 – Toronto-based ScarX Therapeutics (ScarX) has received approval from Health Canada to begin a Phase I clinical trial of its SCX-001 nefopam cream, a first-of-its-kind topical treatment developed to significantly reduce surgical scarring. This announcement was covered in Yahoo Finance, The Canadian Business Journal, Global News Wire, and BioSpace. Applied immediately after surgical wound closure, SCX-001 reduces the amount of scar tissue that develops during the body’s natural healing process. The 24-subject Phase I clinical trial will be conducted at ... Read more
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