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Encycle Therapeutics developing lead molecule to tackle inflammatory bowel disease

Company's collaborative partnership with IRICoR, Université de Montréal and MaRS Innovation, funded by Merck Canada, to advance macrocycle drug TORONTO and MONTREAL, Nov. 10, 2014 — Encycle Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology start-up founded by Dr. Andrei Yudin of the University of Toronto in partnership with MaRS Innovation, is developing its lead orally-bioavailable macrocycle drug to target integrin a4b7, which is involved in the inflammatory process in a number of diseases, most notably for inflammatory bowel disease. This announcement was covered in SciBX, Drug Discovery ... Read more

AvidBiologics and National Research Council of Canada to collaborate on antibody-drug conjugates

Toronto-based AvidBiologics Inc., a leading Canadian biotech company, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are collaborating on one of the most promising advances in the fight against cancer: antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). Recently signed research and licensing agreements will enable both organizations to continue developing a series of ADCs targeting breast, lung, and head-and-neck cancers. Unlike chemotherapy, ADCs specifically seek and destroy cancer cells, with minimal impact on healthy cells. "The work performed by NRC is crucial to assembling the data package ... Read more

Triphase announces Celgene collaborations and license deal with PharmAbcine

Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private, drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase II proof-of-concept, announced October 27, 2014 new and expanded strategic collaborations with Celgene Corporation. This announcement was covered in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN), BioCentury Extra (no link available), Pharmaceutical Business Review (no link available), Scrip and BioWorld Today (no link available). It builds on Triphase's original collaborative agreement with Celgene in January 2014. The company has also announced a new global license for a fully human, bi-specific ... Read more

BioCentury features Vasomune Therapeutics

Vasomune Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation start-up company from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's Sunnybrook Research Institute, was featured in a BioCentury emerging company profile by Michael J. Haas. The company is currently raising a Series A financing round and recently closed a seed investment with Genome Canada and an unnamed industry partner. MaRS Innovation also contributed a third of the investment, bringing the round's total to $1.5 million. Haas' profile, "Vasomune: Lassoing Tie2," is available behind a paywall on the BioCentury website. Here's a short ... Read more

Vasomune Therapeutics awarded $1.5 million to advance lead asset for renal disease

TORONTO (October 20, 2014) — Vasomune Therapeutics, a biotechnology start-up founded by Drs. Dan Dumont and Paul Van Slyke of Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) in partnership with MaRS Innovation, has received $1.5 million, in part through Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP), to advance Vasculotide, the company’s lead Tie-2 activating agent, towards clinical development. This announcement was covered in Biotechnology Focus. The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Dr. Pierre Meulien, president and CEO of Genome Canada, announced ... Read more

Xagenic announces $6 million GAAP partnership for Hepatitis C testing; appoints president and CEO

Xagenic Inc., a molecular diagnostics company developing the first lab-free molecular diagnostic platform with a 20 minute time-to-result, announced October 15, 2014 that its project in partnership with the University of Toronto was successful in securing funding from Genome Canada under the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). The funding, announced by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Dr. Pierre Meulien, president and CEO of Genome Canada, is part of 12 selected projects under Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications ... Read more

Whirlscape develops predictive keyboard for Will.i.am’s wearable Puls cuff

Whirlscape, makers of the Minuum keyboard, have developed a small, predictive keyboard for Will.i.am's wearable Puls cuff. The company is a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort. The Puls, announced by the musician and entrepreneur on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, is expected to be released in time for the 2014 holiday season. The Puls announcement and Whirlscape's involvement were covered by Mashable. Mashable's Karissa Bell describes how Whirlscape's keyboard integrates with the Puls: Puls uses a ... Read more

MaRS Innovation joins new financing round for AvidBiologics Inc.

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 — AvidBiologics Inc., an oncology drug development company, today announced the closing of a financing round. The company is founded on antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technologies co-developed with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Led by Lumira Capital, the financing round included MaRS Innovation (MI), MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), Rosseau Asset Management, and the company's founding investors. This announcement was covered by Dow Jones: Private Equity and Venture Capital and by Canadian Private Equity. Today's financing builds on prior ... Read more

Kaypok, MI’s director of intellectual property quoted in the Financial Post

Article focuses on importance of intellectual property protection for small businesses Dr. Stacey Ivanchuk, MaRS Innovation's director of intellectual property, was quoted in Denise Deveau's article, "Intellectual property protection is a game small businesses can't afford to lose," for the Financial Post on September 26, 2014 regarding the importance of protecting intellectual property for small businesses. Here's an excerpt: Stacey Ivanchuk, director of intellectual property for MaRS Innovation in Toronto, says that protecting a startup’s technology is important especially from an investor’s perspective. “One of ... Read more

University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship programs to share over $3 million from province’s Campus-Linked Accelerator Program

UTEST among the four U of T entrepreneurship programs to be funded through Ontario's CLA program The University of Toronto will receive $3,056,000 in funding over two years from the Ontario government to increase its training and support for student entrepreneurship. The funding is part of the Campus-Linked Accelerator Program (CLA), announced today by Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, ... Read more
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