Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published the following guest column by Dr. Raphael Hofstein, MaRS Innovation’s president & CEO, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, director of marketing and communications.
There’s a historical trend in Canadian culture with far-reaching effects for the way we do business, ranging from entertainment to academia to science. Namely, it’s that until quite recently, Canadians weren’t into cultivating national star systems. 
As Gideon Hayden recently wrote for TechCrunch, if you’re a Canadian tall poppy ...
To coincide with our presence at the 2016 BIO International Convention (BIO) from June 6-9, 2016, MaRS Innovation launched a video explaining our role in Canada's innovation ecosystem: backing big thinkers with bold ideas and working with them to take those breakthroughs to market.
This year, BIO takes place in San Francisco, California, the birthplace of biotech. MaRS Innovation will be present in the Ontario Pavilion (Booth #5944) in partnership with the Ontario Government and Life Sciences Ontario.
Both the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada's ...
Montreal-based venture capital fund and entrepreneurship program brings over $20 million in funding and deep expertise in consumer electronics to MI members; first deal in speech recognition
TORONTO and MONTREAL, (May 3, 2016) — MaRS Innovation, the commercialization agent for fifteen of Toronto’s top academic institutions, and TandemLaunch, a Montreal-based venture capital fund and startup incubator that specializes in consumer electronics have formed a strategic partnership (see the Areas of Interest chart below for examples). The partnership will co-develop promising technology emerging ...
It’s been a busy quarter for UTEST company TrendMD. Fresh off their participation in Ycombinator’s Winter 2016 cohort, which was covered in TechCrunch, the company has announced partnerships with HighWire and Integra.
TrendMD, a Canadian start-up company, is a content recommendation engine for scholarly publishers. They work with over 2,000 medical journals by organizing and tailoring information to the appropriate audiences. This functionality creates several opportunities for various researchers to promote their research and clinical practices in their respective fields.
TrendMD launched through ...
Signarama Canada first global franchise group to rollout solution
TORONTO, January 29, 2015 — CoursePeer Inc. and National Franchise Group have partnered to launch Franchise University, a service offering global franchise groups a powerful cloud-based training and collaboration solution for their franchisees. Signarma Canada, the global sign industry leader ranked 28th on Franchise Direct's Top 100 Global Franchises list, is among the first brands to join.
CoursePeer, a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation company that provides learning and collaboration solutions for enterprise ...
In a January 24, 2014 Biotechnology Focus cover article, author Shawn Lawrence discusses MaRS Innovation President and CEO Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein's recent visit to learn more of the emerging science and technology markets in Singapore and Japan.
The trip allowed Hofstein to discuss current MI projects, specifically start-ups XLV Diagnostics Inc. and DVLR Therapeutics Inc., whose products could benefit from Singapore's proximity to medical technology markets in India and China.
Hofstein joined other delegates from Canada, including Dr. Mark Poznansky, president and CEO of the ...
Applications invited for MI’s Industry Access Program, which matches early-stage, high-potential technologies to partners and funding
MaRS Innovation (MI) has launched a unique funding program to match researchers with industry partners while advancing early stage technologies: the MaRS Innovation Industry Access Program (MI-IAP).
This program provides a simple mechanism to connect researchers with MI’s industry partners. The process and application form are intentionally brief to save researchers time and allow MI's partners to review a wide range of remarkable technologies within the Toronto academic ...
VitalHub is building on its success in redefining how doctors access patient data by partnering with Box, which announced 13 new partnerships with companies, including VitalHub.
Together, their technology will work across web and mobile devices to help healthcare organizations work with, share and collaborate using information.
Invented at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital in the IT Department, VitalHub was created to effectively manage patient data through a platform allowing clinicians to rapidly access comprehensive, relevant patient information gathered from multiple disparate clinical information systems.
The VitalHub Server platform sits ...
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.
Nearly 14,000 delegates—representing over 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organizations across the United States and more than 60 countries—attended the 2013 BIO International Convention from April 22 to 26, 2013.
The event drew biotechnologists, pharmaceutical industry executives and life sciences researchers, ...