Posts Tagged: patient care

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

BioTuesdays features Xagenic and company’s molecular diagnostic beta trials

"Closely-held Xagenic plans to conduct beta studies this year, in advance of a major chlamydia and gonorrhea clinical trial, with its rapid X1 molecular diagnostic testing system in preparation for market launches in Europe and the U.S.," Leonard Zahr wrote in a feature article on Xagenic's product development progress for BioTuesdays on April 19, 2016. Xagenic was founded by University of Toronto Professor Shana Kelley in partnership with MaRS Innovation and U of T's Innovations & Partnerships Office in 2010. The company ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics working with major pharmaceutical companies to design rules for drugs meant to be swallowed

CQDM and MaRS Innovation investing in new Encycle project to determine rules for making peptide drugs orally bioavailable PHILADELPHIA (June 16, 2015) — FiercePharma has predicted that the pharmaceutical industry stands to lose $44 billion in drugs going off patent in 2015. The industry is searching for new therapeutics to replenish their pipelines while tackling existing and new drug receptor targets within the cell, improve patient care and lower administrative costs. In this context, drugs that can be orally swallowed, known as ... Read more

Globe and Mail features UTEST company eQOL’s home dialysis technology

"When Binh Nguyen, then a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, was working in the renal engineering department of a local hospital, he was struck by what he felt was a suboptimal setup for dialysis treatment," writes Jordana Dixon in "Health startup helps patients become more independent," for the Globe and Mail on April 13, 2015. eQOL Inc. is a University of Toronto and MaRS Innovation start-up company that participated in and graduated from the University of Toronto ... Read more

MaRS Innovation President and CEO Named to Ontario Health Innovation Council

Council members include MI’s Raphael Hofstein and MI Board Chair Dr. Robert Bell On November 20, the Government of Ontario launched the Ontario Health Innovation Council to support health innovation in Ontario. Dr. Raphael Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, was named to the council. By becoming a member of the Council, Hofstein will assist in identifying evidence-based opportunities in Ontario’s healthcare space and advancing them into practice on a global scale. (more…) Read more

VitalHub joins Box’s new ecosystem of electronic record healthcare applications

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 ... Read more

MaRS Discovery District launches MaRS EXCITE to help breakthrough technologies reach patients faster

MI start-up ApneaDx Inc. among program's first round of participants The first three companies selected to participate in the MaRS EXCITE program aim to improve outcomes for breast cancer, sleep apnea and drug-resistant hypertension. The Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation (EXCITE) initiative helps companies accelerate the adoption and reimbursement of innovative health technologies through a single, harmonized, pre-market, evidence-based process. EXCITE has selected ApneaDx Inc., Medtronic of Canada Ltd. and Rna Diagnostics Inc. as the program’s initial participants. (more…) Read more

VitalHub’s Chart Makes Apple’s Top 80 List of Doctor Apps

VitalHub Chart has been named to Apple's list of top 80 apps for doctors, nurses, patients and healthcare professionals in the "EMR and patient monitoring" category. Here's a description of the app, which is made by Toronto-based VitalHub Corp., from the Apple list curators: “VitalHub Chart puts patient data at your fingertips. You can access the information you need any time, anywhere there is WiFi or cellular service. No more waiting for a free desktop, hunting for a workstation on wheels, or carrying printouts ... Read more

ApneaDX Inc: A Medical Device to Accurately Diagnose Sleep Apnea at Home

MaRS Innovation and the University Health Network's Toronto Rehabilitation Institute have collaborated to bring a new technology to market that accurately diagnoses sleep apnea at the patient's home. Sleep apnea is a medical disorder that is gaining increasing recognition as a major health issue. It is estimated that six to eight per cent of the world's population suffer from the disease, but 85 per cent are undiagnosed. Undiagnosed sleep apnea is estimated to cause $3.4 billion in additional medical costs in the US.  ... 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
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