Posts Tagged: nanotechnology

Triphase announces positive preclinical results for CBZed-Nano™

Results for results in docetaxel-resistant prostate cancer models presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference TORONTO and SAN DIEGO (April 18, 2016) — Triphase Accelerator Corporation, a private drug development company dedicated to advancing novel compounds through Phase 2 proof-of-concept, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), today announced positive results from a preclinical study of their CBZed-Nano™ (cabazitaxel cellulose nanoparticle) product in docetaxel-resistant prostate cancer mouse models. Preliminary results also showed that the nanoparticles accumulate in intracranial brain ... Read more

U of T researchers demonstrate new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle

New research emerging from the University of Toronto's Edward S Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is developing and demonstrating a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle. MaRS Innovation is working with Professor Ted Sargent, his research team and U of T's Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) to incubate and commercialize this and other solar technologies. Their work was recently published in Nature Materials. The paper's publication was widely covered in the technical trades, including CNET.com, Tech Times, Compound Semiconductor.net and ... 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

DLVR: Using personalized medicine and nature’s cellular toolkit to target cancer tumours

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. This post coincided with World Cancer Day. What if you could use a cancer tumour’s proteomic profile to make it easier to target and destroy? Targeting specific proteins on the surface of individual tumours—or, more precisely, targeting a cell receptor that naturally allows substances to pass into a cell—would allow clinicians to more effectively deliver ... Read more

Biotechnology Focus’ December issue covers MaRS Innovation projects and partnerships

MaRS Innovation's (MI) projects and partnerships earned three separate article mentions in the December 2012 issue of Biotechnology Focus, including: MI and UHN's partnership with Stem Cell Therapeutics was covered in the magazine's Dealmakers subsection. Read the write-up on the Biotechnology Focus website. Cellax, a licensable technology that may produce a nanotechonology-based cancer drug, was highlighted in the magazine's Business Corner section (read the write-up). Cellax is a joint project between MI and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. MaRS Innovation's ... Read more

OICR and MaRS Innovation announce funding to develop Cellax™, a nanotechnology-based cancer drug

TORONTO, ON (November 13, 2012) — The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and MaRS Innovation (MI) today announced $1.5 million in funding from OICR over three years to further develop Cellax™, a nanoparticle drug that could offer an alternative to chemotherapy with fewer side effects. “Cellax is promising because it provides a more targeted strategy for treating tumours, killing tumour cells while minimizing the effect on healthy tissue,” said Dr. Rima Al-awar, director, OICR’s Medicinal Chemistry Platform. “OICR is proud to ... Read more

BioCentury Features Xagenic’s PCR-Based Infection-Diagnosis Technology

Xagenic, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, was featured in the most recent issue of BioCentury. Here's an excerpt (the article only available to BioCentury subscribers): PCR-based diagnosis of infections can delay treatment decisions by days or hours because the method relies on technical expertise and equipment not available in most point-of-care settings. Xagenic Inc.'s chip-based arrays use a non-PCR, electrochemical approach to diagnose bacterial infections at the point of care in 20 minutes with PCR-like accuracy. Xagenic's core technology is a silicon chip containing ... Read more

Xagenic Raises $10 million in Series A Financing

TORONTO (January 30, 2012) – Xagenic Inc., a start-up company created by Dr. Shana Kelley, in partnership with MaRS Innovation, today reached a significant milestone by successfully completing series A financing totaling $10 million. The financing comes from sources from the private and public sector including CTI Life Sciences Fund L.P., Qiagen N.V. and the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation through its Emerging Technologies Fund. (more…) Read more

DLVR Therapeutics Inc. adds MaRS Innovation to investor base

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – October 24, 2011 – DLVR Therapeutics Inc. (“DLVR”) - a privately-held biotechnology company currently focused on developing oncology therapeutics based on its proprietary high density lipoprotein-like nanoparticle - announced today that the company has completed its seed round investment bringing the total raised to $2 million in cash and in-kind support. MaRS Innovation joins the University Health Network (UHN) and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) as investors in the company. The additional funds will be ... Read more
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