Posts Tagged: commercialization in Ontario

Dr. Rafi Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: What will it take to regain Canada’s biotechnology leadership?

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 ... Read more

Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator to Partner with BDC Venture Capital

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 ... Read more

Globe and Mail: Strong incubators are key to driving innovation

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. (more…) Read more

MI’s Fanny Sie to speak about 3D printing trends at two Toronto events

Fanny Sie, MaRS Innovation's head of imaging technologies and a manager in the Technology & Venture Development group, is speaking about bioprinting trends at two Toronto conferences this weekend. Sie is MI's commercialization lead on the Bioprinter, a licensenable technology from the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Watch her interview on bioprinting with TVO's The Agenda, which aired in June 2013. First up is Digifest, an international festival celebrating digital creativity, which runs from May 8 to 10 at the Corus ... Read more

MaRS Innovation Statement on 2014 Ontario Budget

TORONTO, ON (May 2, 2014) – MaRS Innovation congratulates the government's deepened commitment to support the life sciences through research and innovation funding. In particular, the new $30 million Life Sciences Seed Venture Capital Fund will create a partnership between the Province of Ontario, the private sector and hospital foundations to finance Ontario-based life sciences companies. “As co-designers of this venture capital fund and one of its many champions, MaRS Innovation welcomes this news,” says Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein, president and CEO. ... Read more

UTEST co-founder Lyssa Neel on start-up success

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's second cohort is coming to a close, with applications for a third cohort open until April 17. The incubator program, a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation joint partnership, helps affiliates of the university develop and commercialize their ideas. Successful applicants receive twelve months of mentoring to incubate their technology into a product, with access to immediate follow-on investment of up to $500,000 through MaRS Innovation. Access to provincial and federal funding resources is also available, ... Read more

MI’s Joel Liederman opens medical device panel at BioTransfer 2014

Joel Liederman, MaRS Innovation's vice-president of Business Development and Commercialization for physical sciences, is attending BioTransfer 2014 on March 18 to chair the Medical Devices Committee. This is the first year that Toronto is hosting the BioTransfer conference. Presenters at the one-day event will discuss biotherapeutics, diagnosis and medical technology. The conference's goal is to share knowledge on current trends in the industry and to stimulate collaboration with private sector companies. As chair, Liederman will open the medical devices committee panel discussion on Tuesday afternoon ... Read more

UTEST’s co-directors share what makes for a great start-up application

The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program helps U of T students, recent grads or professors to take their ideas to market. Successful applicants get mentoring, funding and work space over a 12-month period as they advance their ideas. The program is co-managed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto. In a U of T "Spotlight on Startups" news article, Brianna Goldberg spoke with Mike Betts and Kurtis Scissons, UTEST co-directors, on what makes for a great applicant. Here's an excerpt: What are ... Read more

Whirlscape exits beta, launches version 2.0 of the Minuum keyboard

Whirlscape Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's cohort graduate, exits beta with the version 2.0 release of Minuum, their hit "small keyboard for big fingers." Whirlscape Inc. graduated from the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's first cohort. UTEST is accepting applications for its third cohort until April 17. Click here to apply.  Version 2.0's release is already a popular download for Android Apps in the Google Play store. Users can get a 30-day free trial of Minuum and ... Read more

MaRS Innovation sponsoring OCAD’s incubator companies in The Artist Project

OCAD U, one of MaRS Innovation’s 16 member institutions, is participating in seventh annual showcase know as The Artist Project from February 20 to 23. The event demonstrates how art intersects with people, fashion and the environment. MaRS Innovation is supporting several fashion installations through OCAD’s Imagination Catalyst in the Installation Zone, specifically artists Jennifer Ilett and MeU. Jennifer Ilett, in collaboration with Sprout Guerrilla, will be showcasing a special moss graffiti art installation that combines technical, digital techniques and imagery with the ... Read more
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