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How Canada’s health-care industry is riding a wave of transition

Bedside Clinical Systems featured on Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) panel discussion In an article for YourMississaugaBiz.com, Jon Cook writes, " 'The health-care industry is relying more on the private sector for innovation and small businesses need to make sure they have a strong value proposition in order to get their projects funded,' said Telus Health executive Nicholas Zamora." The article describes a panel discussion organized by the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RICC) on the "intersection of health care and technology ... Read more

Flybits recognized as a context-aware tool for marketing professionals

TORONTO, Canada (April 24, 2013) — Flybits Inc. announced today that  Forrester Research Inc. has recognized Flybits, a Toronto-based start-up company, as a tool for on-demand marketing processes in a recent report. The February 2013 Forrester report, written by Anthony Mullen, “Emerging Touchpoints Require a Marketing Mind Shift,” states that to master the new basics, marketing professionals must increase corporate spending on innovation and formalize working relationships in areas such as customer experience, analytics, IT and product design — all of which ... Read more

ClevrU Corp. acquires NewMindsets Inc. to transform online education market

Deal strengthens competitiveness of online learning platform for global mobile learners WATERLOO, ON, Canada (April 23, 2013) — ClevrU Corporation today announced that it has acquired NewMindsets Inc., a company founded on online pedagogy researched and developed by two Schulich School of Business professors that has provided leading-edge educational content and services to over 10,000 Schulich students at York University over the past decade. Through the acquisition, ClevrU will fully integrate NewMindsets’ proven e-teaching pedagogy in leadership, researched and developed by Professors ... Read more

MaRS Innovation announces new strategic partnership with Pfizer

TORONTO, April 22, 2013 — MaRS Innovation, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Pfizer Inc. to advance early-stage technologies related to human health in therapeutics and diagnostics. Through this collaboration, MaRS Innovation and Pfizer will jointly identify investment opportunities emerging from well-validated scientific research discoveries within MaRS Innovation’s 16 member institutions, including the University of Toronto and its nine affiliated teaching hospitals. “There’s growing consensus that transferring technologies from the university lab ... Read more

Merck invests in pan-Canadian life sciences research innovation sector

A $4-million public-private partnership will promote research innovation involving three academic commercialization centres in Canada CHICAGO, Illinois – April 22, 2013 – Merck Canada will be announcing today at the BIO International Convention that it is reinforcing its commitment to the Canadian life sciences research innovation sector. Merck will provide $4 million in funding to the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer – Commercialization of Research (IRICoR) for future corridor projects developed in collaboration with two other Canadian Centres of Excellence for ... Read more

Minuum’s crowdfunding campaign raises 873 per cent of initial goal

Over 9,600 people funded Toronto start-up’s one-dimensional mobile keyboard TORONTO, Canada (April 18, 2013) — The Indiegogo campaign for Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” created by Whirlscape Inc., has closed after raising $87,369 in one month. Minuum is a one-dimensional, tiny keyboard that frees up mobile screen space while allowing fast, accurate typing. Its specialized, patent-protected auto-correction algorithm allows highly imprecise typing, configuring the difference between what you type and what you mean in real time and getting it right ... Read more

Stem Cell Therapeutics licenses UHN’s Clinical Cancer Stem Cell Program

Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. (TSX-V: SSS), a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer stem cell-related technologies, has signed a definitive license agreement with University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada. The agreement, developed in collaboration with MaRS Innovation, provides Stem Cell Therapeutics (SCT) with exclusive worldwide rights to an innovative clinical cancer stem cell program. This announcement builds upon the existing stem cell program agreement between MI, Stem Cell Therapeutics and UHN, which was announced in November 2012. The initial consideration of $1.6 million for the UHN ... Read more

Is screening air travellers effective in containing a pandemic?

Toronto Star covers Khan's new WHO paper on H1N1 outbreak Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora and an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, is among the experts studying the emergence of the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China and the new coronavirus in the Middle East and Europe. Global News National also covered this story on April 11, 2013. Watch Beatrice Politi and Carmen Chai's report, "Canadian scientists pioneer new formula in airport disease screening," on the Global website. The ... Read more

BioDiaspora Founder: Travellers unlikely to bring H7N9 bird flu to Canada

Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora and an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital, is among the experts studying the emergence of the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China. Jennifer Yang interviewed Khan in today's Toronto Star about the likelihood of the disease being easily transmitted from human to human or arriving in Canada, as SARS did in 2003. Here's an excerpt: “This isn’t necessarily an event that poses a significant risk to Canada, at least based on all the current ... Read more

Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora, among experts studying emergence of coronavirus

Health risk to Canadians is currently low Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora and an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital, is among the experts studying the emergence of the coronavirus. Carolyn Brown interviewed Khan for a recent CMAJ article on the viral outbreak, "New coronavirus with 'pandemic potential' sparks global surveillance efforts." (more…) Read more
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