Posts Tagged: Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

XOR Labs Closes $2.85 M in New Financing

XOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-oXOR-Labs Toronto (XOR) a spin-off from Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network today announced the closing of another financing through a private placement, led by lead investor Regenesis Limited Partnership, along with the participation of its existing investors, including Xenios AG and MaRS Innovation. The total raised in this round is CAN$2.85M. This is a solid vote of confidence and the second investment in XOR for Xenios which invested an additional CAN$2.6M in the company in ... Read more

MaRS Innovation highlighted in the ExcelleNCE newsletter

MaRS Innovation was highlighted in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) newsletter on Wednesday, June 22. The article is titled, "MaRS Innovation revolutionizes approach to commercialization, " and discusses the success of the MaRS Innovation commercialization model. The article mentions companies such as ScarX Therapeutics, a spin-off of MI and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children that is commercializing a topical prescription cream. It also talks about Encycle Therapeutics, a Toronto biotechnology start-up from the University of Toronto, that has developed a fast, ... Read more

Israel’s BioLineRx and Canada’s MaRS Innovation sign framework collaboration agreement

Agreement signed as part of Ontario's life sciences trade mission to Israel TEL AVIV and TORONTO (May 16, 2016) – BioLineRx Ltd. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that it has signed a framework collaboration agreement with MaRS Innovation,  the commercialization agent for 15 of Toronto's top academic institutions. Under the terms of the agreement, BioLineRx intends to review innovative projects and assets of start-up companies originating from MaRS Innovation's members to identify in-licensing, co-development or other ... Read more

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @ Toronto

TORONTO (May 11, 2016) –  Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, today announced the opening of JLABS @ Toronto, a new 40,000-square-foot life sciences incubator, providing entrepreneurs shared lab space and offices, modular lab suites and access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts as they work to build important and successful early-stage companies. The new JLABS facility can accommodate up to 50 start-ups and opens with 22 companies that represent a range of sectors including therapeutics, medical devices and consumer health ... Read more

MaRS Innovation forms strategic partnership with TandemLaunch

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 ... Read more

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

Ontario advancing nine medical research projects in cancer, heart disease and sleep apnea to market

Applications for next MSc PoP granting round being accepted until February 25, 2016 TORONTO (January 26, 2016) — Nine Ontario-based medical research projects built on great science with potential for significant economic impact are advancing a step closer to market entry thanks to funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program. The projects range from cancer to heart disease to sleep apnea in children. Applications for the next MSc PoP granting round are open until March 4, 2016. To ... Read more

Zucara Therapeutics Inc. developing drug to prevent hypoglycemic episodes for people with diabetes

TORONTO and VANCOUVER, CANADA (January 12, 2016) — A novel drug therapy to reduce the severity and frequency of hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes in people with diabetes is being developed by Zucara Therapeutics Inc. This new start-up company, created by MaRS Innovation and The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is based on decades of diabetes research by renowned University of Toronto (U of T) professor, Dr. Mladen Vranic. Zucara Therapeutics will attend Does of the Valley in February 2016. The ... Read more

Encycle Therapeutics raises $2.85 million to advance macrocycle platform and pipeline

TORONTO, ON (September 30, 2015) — Encycle Therapeutics, Inc., a University of Toronto spin-off company created in partnership with MaRS Innovation, announced today that it has completed a $2.85 million (CAD) financing led by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. through its venture capital arm, Takeda Ventures, Inc., with Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, BDC Capital and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. This news was covered in PEHub, BetaKit and TechVibes. The funding will support ongoing development of Encycle’s unique nacellin platform chemistry and advance the company’s ... Read more

Global University Venturing features MaRS Innovation’s unique model for technology transfer

MaRS Innovation's "model solves the two weakest points in tech transfer: the lack of dealflow and the ability to match public funding," writes Thierry Heles in, "MaRS Innovation: A Unique Model for Tech Transfer," for Global University Venturing. This feature was also covered in Techopia. The article, which includes an interview with Dr. Rafi Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, was published September 14, 2015. Here's an excerpt exploring the range of MI's portfolio and Hofstein's strategy for addressing technologies emerging in new ... Read more
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