Posts Tagged: Faculty of Medicine U of T

Zucara Therapeutics Inc. developing drug to prevent hypoglycemic episodes for people with diabetes

TORONTO and VANCOUVER, CANADA (January 12, 2016) — A novel drug therapy to reduce the severity and frequency of hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes in people with diabetes is being developed by Zucara Therapeutics Inc. This new start-up company, created by MaRS Innovation and The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is based on decades of diabetes research by renowned University of Toronto (U of T) professor, Dr. Mladen Vranic. Zucara Therapeutics will attend Does of the Valley in February 2016. The ... Read more

Simple test could replace surgery to diagnose male infertility

Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute has developed a new test that could make a big difference to men facing infertility. A study published in a leading international journal, Science Translational Medicine, details the discovery of a key biomarker that can pinpoint the cause of infertility without the need for invasive surgery. This story was covered by BBC News, ABC News's "PM" with Mark Colvin, CTV News, CBC News, The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald. About half a million ... 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

U of T med students participate in mass medical simulation exercise

OtoSim Night revolutionizes how students learn to identify ear pathologies On Feb. 13, 2013, almost 100 second-year University of Toronto (U of T) medical students participated in an optional, intensive, one-hour otoscopy workshop using the OtoSim™ — a training and simulation system that is radically changing the way students in Canada and around the world learn this poorly-acquired medical skill. And, if you want to use simulation technology to change the way medical professionals are taught, ear disease is a good place to ... Read more

Xagenic secures $1 million investment from Ministry of Research & Innovation

Provincial Investment Supports Commercialization of Leading-Edge Molecular Diagnostic Screening Technology TORONTO (July 26, 2011) — Xagenic Inc., one of MaRS Innovation’s (MI) portfolio spin-off companies, was awarded $1 million in funding by Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) through its Investment Accelerator Fund‐Life Sciences (IAF-­LS) program. Research and Innovation Minister Glen Murray made the announcement at MaRS Discovery District. “Today’s announcement will go a long way in helping us to commercialize a technology that will ultimately shape the future of diagnostic testing — instead ... Read more

OtoSim Inc. launches revolutionary simulator-training system to improve otoscopic diagnostic efficiency

MaRS Innovation provided crucial commercialization funding to support research from The Hospital for Sick Children MaRS Innovation (MI) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have launched OtoSim Inc. to commercialize an otoscopy training system and process developed by two otolaryngologists at SickKids. The new product, the OtoSim™ program and training device, is the first in a series of training systems directed at improving the accuracy of ear examinations. Using simulation-based training is part of a wider trend in medicine. In otoscopy, healthcare professionals ... Read more

Xagenic secures $1 million investment in chip-based technology for detecting disease, cancer and infection

Funds secured from MaRS Innovation, HTX, OICR and CCR to speed commercialization of Xagenic's rapid molecular diagnostic technology TORONTO (October 13, 2010) – MaRS Innovation today announced a $500,000 investment in its Toronto-based spin-off company, Xagenic Inc. When combined with funds from other investors and lenders, the new working capital provided to Xagenic totals $1.04 million. This follow‐on financing includes a $300,000 loan from HTX, The Health Technology Exchange; $200,000 from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; $40,000 from the Ontario Centre of Excellence ... Read more