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LAB150 adds project with focus on mental health

Toronto, ON, June 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is estimated that 5% of the global population is affected by Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) at any given time. While there are many antidepressant drugs on the market, most of these drugs need weeks to take effect, if at all. This exciting new project hopes to develop a novel rapid-acting antidepressant that has the potential to provide patient relief much faster than conventional treatments. The project builds on years of research led by Dr. ... Read more

Triphase Accelerator Enters Partnership with Celgene for Leukemia Therapy

Toronto, ON, Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Triphase Accelerator, a Toronto-based drug development company, has entered into a new strategic partnership with Celgene Corporation. The focus of the collaboration will be on a pre-clinical therapeutic developed by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) for the treatment of leukemia and other blood cancers, specifically targeting the WDR5 protein. Under the terms of the agreement, Celgene has the option to acquire TRPH-395 from Triphase Accelerator. Celgene will pay an upfront amount of ... Read more

LAB150 adds two projects: Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Toronto, ON, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MaRS Innovation announced today the concurrent launch of two new LAB150 projects. These projects build on breakthroughs in disease-focused scientific research by prominent teams at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto, both of which are Members of MaRS Innovation. LAB150 is a partnership between MaRS Innovation and Evotec AG with the goal of accelerating academic research towards commercial outcomes by providing funding and access to pharmaceutically validated platforms ... Read more

Fibrocor Therapeutics enters deal with Galapagos NV

Toronto, ON, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fibrocor Therapeutics, a privately held Canadian company, and Galapagos NV, a Belgo-Dutch pharmaceutical research company, have announced the formation of a partnership for the development of therapeutics to treat fibrotic diseases of the kidney and other organs. In 2017 MaRS Innovation founded, and subsequently seed-funded, Fibrocor. The company is based on research from two of MaRS Innovation’s Member institutions, St. Michael’s Hospital and Sinai Health Systems – specifically, from the labs of Drs. Richard ... Read more

IP Protection for Antibody-based Assets in the Canadian Market and beyond

Together with Noel Courage, MI's Philip Goldbach co-authored an article published in BioTechnology Focus on IP rights and considerations surrounding antibody-based assets.  As the article states: Antibodies (immunoglobulins) and other antibody-derived biologics have become a mainstay of the biotechnology industry, both here in Canada and around the world. Novel antibodies are continuously being designed, modified, expressed and purified for a number of uses, including as therapeutics, diagnostics, or research tools. As is the case with other types of life science technologies, intellectual ... Read more

MI Leads Special Health Innovation & Investment Mission to Seoul

Toronto, April 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Rafi Hofstein, President and CEO of MaRS Innovation (MI) announced today that as part of Toronto Health Innovation Week, MI will lead a special health innovation and investment mission to Seoul, South Korea from May 9 to May 11, 2018. Representatives from 14 Ontario research institutions and innovation companies from life sciences and healthcare sectors will participate in the mission. Exporting Ontario’s world-class innovations, technologies and expertise to new, fast-growing markets around the world ... Read more

2017 Year in Review

MaRS Innovation looks back at the year that was: a summary of the main events of the past 12 months, including creation of LAB150, collaboration with strategic partners and significant investment events into our portfolio companies. For the full report, please follow the link:  Year in Review 2017-18   Read more

Zucara raises US$3.9M Funding to advance drug for hypoglycemia prevention

Toronto and Vancouver, Canada: Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a diabetes life sciences company advancing the first once-daily therapeutic to prevent low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia), has secured US$3.9 million in non-dilutive funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. As part of the agreement, Helmsley will provide the funding to support preclinical advancement of Zucara’s lead drug candidate. The partnership is structured as a program-related investment (PRI) in the form of a loan to Zucara. Zucara recently defined its lead drug candidate ... Read more

$800,000 MaRS Innovation–Pfizer Translational Research Fund

KIRKLAND, Quebec and TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfizer Canada is proud to announce an $800,000 contribution to MaRS Innovation to support the vision and mission of MaRS Innovation by providing funding for new ideas or technologies in the health sciences including; therapeutics, diagnostic and treatment tools, manufacturing technologies, and technologies that enable health sciences research. The MaRS Innovation – Pfizer Translational Research Fund will be managed by MaRS Innovation and projects in the area of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, immunology, ... Read more

FIRST FUNDED PROJECT UNDER LAB150 BRIDGE ANNOUNCED!

Hamburg, Germany, and Toronto, Canada, Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) and MaRS Innovation announced today that they have identified the first project to be developed under their LAB150 partnership. After signing a collaboration agreement in September 2017, the first project within this academic BRIDGE has now been identified. The project aims to develop kallikrein-targeting compounds as novel topical drugs for the rare but severe inflammatory skin disease ‘Netherton Syndrome’ as well as ... Read more
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