Posts Tagged: early-stage seed funding

CBC News’ “The National” Features Granata Decision Systems

Amanda Lang interviews U of T prof and co-founder Craig Boutilier in segment on innovative start-ups and Canada’s future Following an appearance on the CBC’s “Lang and O’Leary Exchange” on November 28, MaRS Innovation UTEST company, Granata Decision Systems, appeared on CBC news “The National.” The segment included an interview with Amanda Lang. Watch Boutilier's interview with Lang for "The National" on CBC's website.  Founded by Craig Boutilier and Tyler Lu, Granata Decision Systems is one of the first six companies incubated through the UTEST program for early-stage technologies, ... Read more

WaveCheck to Transform Chemotherapy Monitoring for Women with Breast Cancer

Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for North American clinical study during Breast Cancer Awareness Month; 12 artists donate 13 original works worth over $15,000 to support campaign Toronto, Canada (October 9, 2013) — WaveCheck — a painless, non-surgical clinical technique developed by a Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre oncologist and a Ryerson University physicist and supported by MaRS Innovation — is poised to transform chemotherapy response monitoring for women with breast cancer. WaveCheck combines traditional ultrasound with new software to detect responses to chemotherapy in breast cancer ... Read more

Dr. Hofstein’s Op-Ed for The Hill-Times, “Biotechnology research: A knowledge economy”

This op-ed on Canadian biotechnology and the knowledge economy appeared in The Hill-Times (subscription required), Canada's politics and government newsweekly, September 9: Obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, or the more general stresses of an aging population: no matter which area of concern holds our collective gaze from moment to moment, improving health outcomes and healthcare is the No. 1 challenge for the world’s economy. Canada has the holistic approach and translational research necessary to address health care’s pervasive ... Read more

Cellax profiled in SciBX; MaRS Innovation’s MSc PoP program cited in National Post supplement

The Cellax technology was profiled in a recent issue of  SciBX (subscription necessary). MaRS Innovation is mentioned in the article as the technology's commercialization agent. Here's an excerpt: "Ontario Institute for Cancer Research scientists have developed glycopolymer-conjugated docetaxel nanoparticles that outperform Abraxane in mouse models of breast cancer. The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is backing the program with $1.5 million to take it to the clinic. The expectation is that the product’s ability to target the tumor stroma rather than the ... Read more

Call for Applications: MaRS Innovation seeks applicants for early-stage MSc POP projects

MaRS Innovation (MI) seeks applicants for the Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program, which supports early-stage medical science technologies and allows their founding teams to conduct crucial proof-of-principle work. Through the two-year MSc POP program, MI will distribute funding awards to qualified applicants within its membership on behalf of the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI). Funds are available in $25,000 or $75,000 grants. “At MaRS Innovation, the PoP program functions as a kind of internal Dragons' Den,” says Dr. Raphael Hofstein, president ... Read more

Yonge Street Media: Crowdmark, moderated marking and helping teachers grade better

Yonge Street Media, a weekly online magazine that covers talent, innovation, diversity and quality of life stories in the Toronto region, covered Crowdmark's efforts to disrupt the way teachers grade and interact with students in their Innovation section on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Crowdmark graduated from the UTEST program earlier this spring. Last week, the company announced it has raised $600,000 in seed funding and completed two successful proof-of-concept pilot projects. Its co-founders are from the University of Toronto. Here’s an excerpt from ... Read more

Five UTEST companies to tackle critical healthcare challenges

Program's second cohort includes eQOL, E-Twenty Development, Root2Crown, Treata Smart Solutions and TrendMD TORONTO (May 14, 2013) — Five companies tackling pervasive healthcare challenges — such as assessing dental health, helping patients and medical personnel navigate hospitals with greater ease, staying current with medical literature, or creating digital tools to help care for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions — have been admitted to the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program’s second cohort. UTEST, supported by the University of ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein in Biotechnology Focus: Building a catalytic reaction across Canada’s Life Sciences Sector

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by MaRS Innovation President & CEO, Raphael Hofstein. The article explores the role of catalysis in building Canada's Life Sciences sector: In chemistry, according to Encyclopædia Britannica Online, a catalyst is any substance that increases a reaction’s rate without itself being consumed. Kinetically, Wikipedia tells us, catalytic reactions are typical chemical reactions where the reaction rate depends on the reactants’ frequency of contact in the rate-determining step. Usually, ... Read more

What does MaRS Innovation’s funding extension mean for Toronto’s academic entrepreneurs?

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation's marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI's activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. Created in 2008, MaRS Innovation (MI) bridges the chasm between the early-stage technologies emerging from its 16 member institutions and successful startup companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, business development, mentorship and intellectual property protection strategy, MI acts as ... Read more

XLV Diagnostics Inc. awarded $500,000 to develop digital mammography technology

TORONTO, ON (Feb. 19, 2013) – XLV Diagnostics Inc., a start-up company working to commercialize a faster, cheaper and better digital mammography technology, has received a $500,000 investment from FedNor. Over 600 million women living in developing countries have inadequate access to breast screening for early cancer detection. In the developed world, many radiology departments are replacing traditional film and screen systems with digital technologies. In both cases, better digital mammography technology promises to solve logistical challenges and save money. XLV’s solution has ... Read more
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