Posts Tagged: early-stage investing

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

MaRS Innovation highlighted in the ExcelleNCE newsletter

MaRS Innovation was highlighted in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) newsletter on Wednesday, June 22. The article is titled, "MaRS Innovation revolutionizes approach to commercialization, " and discusses the success of the MaRS Innovation commercialization model. The article mentions companies such as ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off of MI and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children that is commercializing a topical prescription cream. It also talks about Encycle Therapeutics, a Toronto biotechnology start-up from the University of Toronto, that has developed a fast, ... Read more

Knitt Labs launches KnittBar, raises $50,000 on Kickstarter in six days

UTEST graduate company building a versatile, smart, modular power bar We've all been there: You reach over behind your TV to plug in yet another device to find your power bar’s out of available outlets. You wonder why your electricity bill’s so high and want to know which appliance is the culprit. You forget to turn something off (or did you?) and you’re already halfway to a meeting. Knitt Labs, Inc. has developed KnittBar to solve these frustrating problems for those who are ... Read more

Miroculus acquires Kapplex to advance diagnostics for complex diseases

Canadian innovation will give patients affordable, non-invasive, accurate test for cancer or infectious diseases; R&D team to remain in Toronto discovery district TORONTO and SAN FRANCISCO (May 3, 2016) — Miroculus, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company specializing in microRNA-based diagnostics, today announced an agreement to acquire Toronto-based Kapplex Inc. The Canadian company’s proprietary Digital Microfluidic (DMF) platform is built upon the research of Dr. Aaron Wheeler, a world-leader in microfluidics research at the University of Toronto. This announcement was covered in GenomeWeb and PeHub. When ... 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

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: It’s time to declare an end to Canada’s two research solitudes

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation's president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications. The article explores the way research focused on discovery and commercialization are often viewed or positioned as competitors within the funding ecosystem and the need to align their goals: The time of Canada’s French and English solitudes may be past, as Governor General Michaëlle Jean notably stated when she took office ... Read more

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

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

Techvibes highlights UTEST’s third cohort

Techvibes, a publication dedicated to covering latest trends in start-up culture and social and mobile news, covered the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program's call for applications in an online article on March 1, 2014. Applications for UTEST's third cohort are open until April 17, 2014. Co-directors Kurtis Scissons and Mike Betts will work with selected applicants for a period of twelve months to guide their idea to market. Successful applicants receive work space for a year, mentorship, $30,000 in funding ... Read more

Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard makes SmartTV typing easy

University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) graduate Whirlscape Inc. released a video on February 25, 2014 showing how their Minuum keyboard can make typing on Smart TVs and consoles easy. UTEST is currently accepting applications for its third cohort. Apply now. Minuum, the "little keyboard for big fingers" is making waves in wearable technology with their disambiguation algorithm and advanced language modelling, which can be used on Android devices and smart watches. Read Darrell Etherington's article about Minuum on Smart TVs and consoles in ... Read more
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