Posts Tagged: Benjamin Alman

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

ScarX Therapeutics closes $2 million Series A financing

Canadian biotech company developing ground-breaking therapeutic designed to minimize dermal scarring (fibrosis)   TORONTO (February 16, 2016) — ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis), has closed a $2 million Series A financing. The company will complete a Phase I clinical trial of its lead candidate, SCX-001, in human volunteers, with the eventual goal of creating better functional and cosmetic patient outcomes. This announcement was covered in TechVibes, BetaKit, Biotechnology Focus, PEHub, Finsmes, and StartupHere Toronto. SCX-001 is the ... Read more

Accel-Rx and BDC Capital make second portfolio investment in ScarX Therapeutics

MaRS Innovation portfolio company completing Phase 1 human clinical trial of drug to prevent dermal scarring VANCOUVER (February 16, 2016) — Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx), a Centre of Excellence for the Commercialization of Research (CECR), and its partner BDC Capital today announced their second joint investment in ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis). Accel-Rx and BDC Capital, and other investors including MaRS Innovation, have invested a total of $2 million in ScarX. This investment will ... Read more

ScarX Therapeutics featured on cover of Bioworld Today

"More than 240 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, yet there is no approved product on the market to prevent the dermal scarring that can frequently occur," writes Jennifer Boggs, managing editor of BioWorld Today in her cover story on ScarX Therapeutics. The article, "ScarX Finds New Uses for Old Drug in Dermal Scarring," appeared in the New Co section and focuses on the MaRS Innovation-Hospital for Sick Children start-up company. Here's an excerpt: "ScarX Therapeutics, a 2012 Toronto-based start-up, is looking to ... Read more

OCE invests $250,000 in ScarX Therapeutics’ revolutionary anti-scarring medication

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 24, 2013) - ScarX Therapeutics, a start-up company commercializing a groundbreaking treatment to dramatically reduce post-operation scarring, is receiving a $250,000 investment from Ontario Centres of Excellence. This story was covered in Yonge Street Media on January 30, 2013. ScarX, a topical medication, emerged from Dr. Benjamin Alman's research. Alman, head of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, is developing his invention in conjunction with MaRS Innovation. Each year, doctors worldwide perform 240 million surgeries. Currently, no clinically-proven prescription ... Read more

Business Without Borders highlights ScarX Therapeutics’ Chinese co-development partnership

ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off company created by MaRS Innovation and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was profiled by Business Without Borders on September 25, 2012. Sean Fine's article examines the strategic funding partnership MI pursued with NovoTek Therapeutics Inc. (NovoTek) in China to develop the anti-scarring cream, which was discovered by researchers at SickKids. A multibillion-dollar market may await ScarX, a Toronto biomedical start-up, but first it had to figure out how to finance the development of its unique cream that reduces scarring ... Read more

MaRS Innovation Forms Strategic Drug-Development Partnership with NovoTek Therapeutics Inc. in China

MaRS Innovation (MI), The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and NovoTek Therapeutics Inc. (NovoTek)  have announced a strategic partnership to co‐develop, and bring to the Chinese market, a novel therapeutic cream aimed at reducing scar formation post surgery. This project was covered in The Globe and Mail on May 7, 2012. (more…) Read more

Federal and Provincial Proof of Principle Programs Support Translational Technology Development

TORONTO (August 16, 2010) – MaRS Innovation (MI) is pleased to announce that translational funding to support product development for early-stage technologies from its members has been successfully deployed from federal and provincial sources. At the federal level, three of MI’s commercialization projects have recently received notification of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Proof of Principle (PoP) program, amounting to approximately $470,000. Moreover, MI has successfully deployed about $1 million in proof of principle funding received from the Ontario Ministry of Research ... Read more