News - MaRS Innovation

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

MaRS Innovation and KHIDI commence joint research initiatives

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 18, 2017) - MaRS Innovation (MI) and its South Korean partner, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), continue to build on the five-year global partnership agreement signed in December 2016 during Premier Wynne's mission to the Republic of Korea. Together with Minister Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Rafi Hofstein, CEO of MI, is in Seoul to further the joint research initiatives first envisaged last year. Five outstanding Ontario scientists from some of MI's Member institutions are ... 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

Important paper on Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise

New paper published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology recommends exercise guidelines for type 1 diabetes patients and healthcare providers. Experts from JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, as part of an international team of 21 researchers and clinicians led by York UniversityProfessor Michael Riddell, published first-of-its-kind guidelines to help people with type 1 diabetes exercise safely. The report, “Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement,” published this week in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, offers guidelines on ... Read more

Evotec and MaRS Innovation establish strategic partnership to launch Fibrocor Therapeutics

Toronto, Canada and Hamburg, Germany, 17 January 2017: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) and MaRS Innovation today announced the launch of Fibrocor Therapeutics LP (“Fibrocor”), a Toronto-based company focused on developing first-in-class therapeutics targeting fibrotic diseases. The company was launched with CDN $ 2.8 m (approx. $ 2.1 m) financing, which includes cash from MaRS Innovation. Evotec will provide all drug discovery activities and will also receive an equity stake. Fibrocor takes a new approach to understanding and ... Read more

MaRS Innovation and KHIDI, South Korea, Creates $100M Global Commercialization Partnership

Today MaRS Innovation (MI) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) signed a five year global partnership agreement to commercialize the latest advances in biomedical and healthcare innovations which is expected to generate new startups worth over $100M. This agreement will promote the co-development and commercialization of medical technologies and therapeutics between Ontario and South Korea in concert with industry and government. It will provide the resources to develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems and ... 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 Receives Cash Injection to Advance Novel Diabetes Drug Therapy to Prevent Hypoglycemia

VANCOUVER and TORONTO, Canada (November 3, 2016) — Zucara Therapeutics Inc., a pre-clinical life sciences company advancing a novel long-term therapeutic approach to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, announced it has received a $525,000 investment from Canadian partners: Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) and MaRS Innovation (MI). This unique deal brings together three organizations mandated with enabling the growth of Canada’s health sciences sector. Each partner brings its respective strengths to the table: capital, ... Read more
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