Posts Tagged: University of Toronto

Shotlst CEO featured in Globe article on future of tech in education

Matt Ratto, assistant professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information and co-inventor and CEO of Shotlst, a UTEST company, was featured in the Globe and Mail on October 22 in an article by Nick Rockel on how emerging technology will change the education experience. Here's an excerpt: Asked what the technological tools in university classrooms will look and feel like by 2020, Matt Ratto admits he’s no futurist. But the assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information is ... 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

U of T, MaRS Innovation Collaborate to Launch Incubator for Student Software Companies

TORONTO, ON – A new program that provides nascent software companies with start-up funds, work space, mentoring and business strategy support, was launched today by the University of Toronto and commercialization partner MaRS Innovation, with support from the MaRS Discovery District. TechVibes has a profile page for UTEST and covered CoursePeer as part of their students start-ups series. The new program, called University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST), is part of a growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services at U ... 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

BioCentury features Encycle Therapeutics and MaRS Innovation in macrocycle chemistry article

Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, was included in BioCentury's companies to watch within the macrocycle chemistry space. The reference came in Chris Cain's article, "Maturing macrocycle chemistry drives explosion of biotech newcos, biopharma deals." (more…) Read more

Two MI inventors named to MIT’s 35 inventors under 35 list

Professors Joyce Poon and Hossein Rahnama, who each have inventions within MaRS Innovation's portfolio of spin-off companies and licenseable technologies, have been named to the MIT Technology Review's prestigious 35 Inventors Under 35 list for 2012. Poon, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto, was recognized for, according to MIT's Technology Review, "creating new optical modulators with microscopic loop-the-loops through which light can shuttle data between servers and even from chip to chip within a single ... 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

Los Angeles Times covers Dr. Gregory Czarnota’s cancer therapy technology

The Los Angeles Times featured Dr. Gregory Czarnota's research in their Science Now section on July 10, 2012, which reports on discoveries from the world of science and medicine (update: the article is no longer available online). Czarnota, a researcher at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, is working with MaRS Innovation to license his patented technology: radiosensitization of tumour cells using a combination of microbubbles and targeted, high-intensity, focused ultrasound. (more…) Read more

Business Without Borders features Encycle Therapeutics, Raphael Hofstein

Encycle Therapeutics, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, was featured by Business Without Borders' High Tech section in a Q&A profile with MI's President and CEO, Raphael Hofstein. Here's an excerpt: Business Without Borders (BWB): What makes Encycle’s technology so promising? Raphael Hofstein (RH): Proteins are made of smaller units called peptides, usually existing as linear chains. If they get into the bloodstream, they get degraded rapidly by enzymes and they find it very difficult to get into cells of the body. What we want ... Read more

Raphael Hofstein’s guest blog for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation

At the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston this week, MaRS Innovation, The Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), the Ontario Brain Institute and the Ontario Centres of Excellence announced we are launching a new life sciences funding program within the Ontario-Québec Corridor. The Ontario-Québec Life Sciences Corridor was itself announced at the 2011 BIO International Convention. Shortly thereafter, Max Felhmann, president and CEO of CQDM, and Raphael Hofstein, president and CEO of MaRS Innovation, decided to collaborate on a joint pilot ... Read more
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