"The first disclosed grant under Merck & Co. Inc.'s Canadian translational initiative will bolster the ability of macrocycle-based Encycle Therapeutics Inc. to conduct lead optimization of its integrin [a4b7,] inhibitors for inflammatory bowel disease," writes Michael J. Haas in SciBX's feature on the partnership, "Merck Encycles through Canada." The article appears in the publication's December 4, 2014 issue.
Read the Encycle press release that prompted this article.
The article explores the current grant partnership between Merck, Encycle Therapeutics, MaRS Innovation, the Institute for ...
TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie's "Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun," published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada.
Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. ...
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 ...
Tech Transfer Tactics, the monthly newsletter for Tech Transfer Central.com, has published a feature highlighting MaRS Innovation's Technology Transfer & Scouting (MITTS) services to St. Michael's Hospital.
The interview explores the increase in disclosures and commercial activity achieved after MaRS Innovation began offering technology transfer services to the hospital, and was triggered by a July profile published on MaRS Innovation's website describing the collaborative working relationship between the two organizations.
The interview includes conversations with Sahail Shariff, commercialization manager in the MITTS division, ...
Dr. Shana Kelley, co-founder of Xagenic Inc. and a professor of biochemistry at the University of Toronto, has been named to the Globe and Mail's Top 12 Canadian Innovators list.
The contest solicited nominations from across Canada that were assessed by a panel of judges. According to the Globe, the contest "recognizes talented Canadians who not only have great ideas, but also turn them into reality."
Here's an excerpt:
Another innovator who is taking on the traditional way of doing things is Ms. Kelley, ...
MaRS Innovation among founding partner CECRs; Accel-Rx will provide funds to new biotechnology start-ups emerging within MI's portfolio
VANCOUVER, BC (Aug. 25, 2014) –With the awarding of $14.5M under the Canadian government’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)) Program, as announced earlier this morning by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Accel-Rx - Canada’s Health Sciences Accelerator is officially launched.
Media coverage of this announcement: CBC's Inside Politics blog, IT Business ...
For principal investigators, a key component in taking their research ideas from the bench to the market is knowing what commercialization resources exist and when to use them.
Through the MaRS Innovation's Technology Transfer & Scouting division (MITTS), manager Sahail Shariff is connecting with principal investigators (PIs) at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on the front-line to better understand and advance their research.
Of the 180 PIs at the hospital, the majority are clinician scientists who spend a portion of their time caring for patients.
In collaboration ...
Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by MaRS Innovation President & CEO, Dr. Raphael Hofstein.
The article explores the role life sciences assets, financing and talented management--the three Ms--must play in revitalizing Canada's biotechnology sector:
At the close of the 20th century, Canada was perceived as a key contributor to the success of the global biotech voyage.
You know what happened next: the mechanisms to fund early ventures collapsed together with the collapse of the ...
MaRS Innovation co-partner in pan-Canadian effort to help create up to 20 leading start-up companies
CEBIO International Conference, San Diego – June 25, 2014: BDC Venture Capital and the Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator (Accel-Rx) announced today a collaboration to provide critical seed funding to new and emerging Canadian health sciences companies.
This announcement was covered in TechVibes, PE HUB and BetaKit.
Together, Accel-Rx, BDC Venture Capital, and CDRD Ventures Inc. (CVI) which will provide the initial management to launch Accel-Rx operations, would focus on ...
Jeff Cates' op-ed in the Globe and Mail's Small Business/Digital Innovation section on June 19, 2014 argues that incubators have a key role to play in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and growing new industries in Ontario.
Cates states this is particularly true when incubators when they provide programs and services to help young entrepreneurs succeed.
The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), co-managed with MaRS Innovation, is one such program. UTEST is set to announce its third cohort within the next month.