Posts Tagged: partnerships with industry

Raphael Hofstein gives guest lecture on biotechnology commercialization at Stanford

Dr. Raphael Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, delivered a guest lecture on February 1,2013 at the Revitalizing Medical BioTechnology Commercialization symposium, hosted by Stanford University's NIH Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology. The one-day event brought academic, venture capital and industry thought leaders together to reflect on the challenges facing technology transfer processes across the biotech industry. (more…) 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

Kaypok selects Zync to power its global “big data” technology brand

Spin-off company based on founder Razieh Niazi's research at York University TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 — Kaypok Inc., a start-up company whose technology delivers insight into unstructured big data, today announced that it has selected Zync as its agency of record to create and launch Kaypok's brand globally. Kaypok Inc., which was spun off from York University research with support and funding from MaRS Innovation, filters, categorizes, identifies meaning and measures the root cause and emotions buried within unstructured text to understand what ... Read more

Dr. Raphael Hofstein’s guest column posted on Biotechnology Focus

Biotechnology Focus, a compendium of the Canadian life sciences industry, has published a guest column by MaRS Innovation President & CEO, Raphael Hofstein. The article examines how to build a strong biotechnology cluster from an academic base in the midst of a global recession. Here's an excerpt: Gone are the days of large-scale, well-funded, in-house departments with resources to liberally support academic and start-up collaborations. Financial pressures and the economic downturn have made it clear that the go-it-alone model is no longer sustainable, and ... Read more

Baxter and MaRS Innovation Form Strategic Partnership

Partnership to invest up to $1M in promising Canadian healthcare discoveries TORONTO, Ontario, October 4, 2012—Baxter International Inc. and MaRS Innovation, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, have entered into a strategic partnership to commercialize early-stage technologies that present innovative methods in therapeutics and drug discovery technologies. Information about Baxter and MaRS Innovation's partnership is also available in French. The partnership’s shared vision for delivering novel, transformative therapeutic technologies will benefit Canadians and others around the world. Baxter and MaRS Innovation will ... Read more

ClevrU partners with Schulich School of Business professors to target online education market

MaRS Innovation and York University’s commercialization office support new partnership In the age of ITunes, videotaping lectures or converting existing textbooks into e-books won’t make you the market leader in online education. Thanks to a new partnership between ClevrU, and NewMindsets Inc., facilitated by MaRS Innovation and York University’s commercialization office, Canadian technology and content promises to establish the second-generation online learning standard for millions of students worldwide. (more…) Read more

Business Without Borders highlights ScarX Therapeutics’ Chinese co-development partnership

ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off company created by MaRS Innovation and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was profiled by Business Without Borders on September 25, 2012. Sean Fine's article examines the strategic funding partnership MI pursued with NovoTek Therapeutics Inc. (NovoTek) in China to develop the anti-scarring cream, which was discovered by researchers at SickKids. A multibillion-dollar market may await ScarX, a Toronto biomedical start-up, but first it had to figure out how to finance the development of its unique cream that reduces scarring ... Read more

CML HealthCare Inc. and MaRS Innovation Enter into Strategic Partnership

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, September 18, 2012 – CML HealthCare Inc. (TSX: CLC) (the “Company” or “CML”) and MaRS Innovation (MI), a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, have entered into a strategic partnership to commercialize early-stage technologies that present innovative methods in medical diagnostics. This story was covered in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, 680 News, Reuters, Sympatico.ca, the Huffington Post Canada, Technology Trasnfer Tactics, and the Winnipeg Free Press, among others. It was  distributed via Yahoo! Finance, Healthcare Global.com, marketwire ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics Launches Ground-Breaking Chemistry Platform

Platform for cyclizing peptides promises to increase efficiency of early-stage drug discovery BOSTON, June 18, 2012 - Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, has created a ground-breaking chemistry platform for cyclizing peptides that promises to increase the efficiency of the early-stage drug discovery process. Peptides have long been sought after as therapeutics due to their high specificity — they can hit specific cellular targets, especially complex protein-protein interaction targets implicated in cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. (more…) Read more
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