Posts Tagged: infectious diseases

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

BlueDot profiled in Toronto Star for anticipating Zika virus spread

BlueDot, a Canadian company that helps decision-makers prepare for and response to infectious disease outbreaks, was profiled in the Toronto Star for their work in tracking the Zika virus. The company, founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, was spun-off from St. Michael's Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation. The company raised a Series A with Horzions Ventures in 2015. Here's an excerpt from Kate Allen's article: Wayne Gretzky may be an unlikely inspiration for an infectious disease researcher. Yet here Dr. Kamran Khan is, on ... Read more

ChipCare closes oversubscribed $5 million series A financing

With lead investment from Puffin Partners, the Ontario, Canada-based company is taking lifesaving blood-testing technology to low- and middle-income countries TORONTO, March 3, 2015 — ChipCare Corporation, a University of Toronto start-up company commercializing a handheld, blood-testing platform for HIV and other infectious and non-communicable diseases has closed a $5.045 million Series A financing to bring its first-generation product to market while further developing the platform’s next generation products. The Wall Street Journal's Venture Capital Dispatch blog, Yonge Street Media, BetaKit and PEHub ... Read more

BlueDot, formerly BioDiaspora Inc., secures Series A with Horizons Ventures

Toronto-based commercial arm of BioDiaspora research program tracks global spread of infectious diseases in real-time; fourth MI company to reach Series A TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — BlueDot, a Toronto-based social benefit corporation founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist, tracks and predicts the global spread of infectious diseases. Spun off from St. Michael’s Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation (and formerly known as BioDiaspora Inc.), BlueDot, has secured a Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures. Funded ... Read more

BioDiaspora founder appears on CBC’s “The National” to discuss the Ebola crisis

Dr. Kamran Khan, founder of BioDiaspora, appeared on CBC's "The National" on September 23, 2014, as part of a health panel examining the current state of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge hosted the discussion. Watch the clip on CBC's website. BioDiaspora, spun off from St. Michael's Hospital in partnership with MaRS Innovation, developed an easy-to-access, web-based solution that generates and communicates customized, actionable intelligence about global infectious disease threats in real-time. (more…) Read more

Xagenic’s Shana Kelley named to Globe and Mail’s Top 12 Canadian Innovators

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, ... Read more

Frost & Sullivan awards Xagenic award for new product innovation leadership

Market research company lauds start-up for developing a breakthrough workflow while dramatically improving point-of-care diagnosis (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif) May 20, 2014 — Based on its recent analysis of the point-of-care diagnostics market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Xagenic Inc. with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. Xagenic’s revolutionary product, the Xagenic X1™ system, is a point-of-care platform with intuitive features to provide lab-free molecular diagnostic testing. It is unique as a low-cost, simple, rapid sample-to-answer desktop instrument, ... Read more

MaRS Innovation Industry Access Program (MI-IAP) accepting applications until April 10

Researchers working in orphan indications, drug delivery devices, big data and other key areas invited to submit a brief Statement of Interest The MaRS Innovation Industry Access Program (MI-IAP) is a simple, formalized process for marketing early-stage technologies to MI's industry partners: Baxter, LifeLabs (formerly CML Healthcare), GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Merck. The program's goal is to secure funding for researchers within MI's membership through these collaborative, strategic R&D partnership programs. First run in November 2013, the MI-IAP allows researchers to easily ... Read more

ChipCare’s handheld analyzer attracts one of Canada’s largest-ever healthcare angel investments

Device could significantly improve HIV diagnostics in developing world OTTAWA, September 16, 2013 — An innovative, handheld point-of-care analyzer, developed by ChipCare Corporation, has secured one of the largest ever angel investments in Canada's healthcare sector. Phase II financing has closed, with an investment of $2.05M to support ChipCare's continuing development and commercialization over the next three years. Media coverage: Biotechnology Focus, TechVibes, BetaKit, Healthrender, Crunchbase, Toronto Star and VentureLab. The financing evolved through a uniquely collaborative funding model among Canadian social angel investors, including ... Read more

BioDiaspora predicts Hajj and Umrah as two key possible spread points for MERS coronavirus

BioDiaspora, a start-up company based on the research of company founder, Dr. Kamran Khan of St. Michael's Hospital, has identified two mass gatherings in the Islamic world as key possible spread points for the life-threatening MERS coronavirus, which emerged in the Middle East in early 2012. BioDiaspora's disease-tracking platform, which correlates uses global air traffic patterns to predict the international spread of infectious disease (as described in the original media release from St. Michael's Hospital): The first is umrah, a pilgrimage that can ... Read more
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