Posts Tagged: York University

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

MaRS Innovation’s top 10 portfolio stories for 2014

MaRS Innovation enjoyed an exceptional year in 2014. Our team continues to collaborate with researchers within our membership to help bridge the commercialization gap between their world-leading research and creating successful start-up companies or licenses. Here are our picks for the top 10 news stories from MaRS Innovation's portfolio. 1. Triphase Accelerator Corporation, in which MaRS Innovation is an investor, started the year with a bang by signing a collaboration and option agreement with Celgene Corporation. In October, Triphase initiated a Phase I clinical study ... Read more

Kaypok, MI’s director of intellectual property quoted in the Financial Post

Article focuses on importance of intellectual property protection for small businesses Dr. Stacey Ivanchuk, MaRS Innovation's director of intellectual property, was quoted in Denise Deveau's article, "Intellectual property protection is a game small businesses can't afford to lose," for the Financial Post on September 26, 2014 regarding the importance of protecting intellectual property for small businesses. Here's an excerpt: Stacey Ivanchuk, director of intellectual property for MaRS Innovation in Toronto, says that protecting a startup’s technology is important especially from an investor’s perspective. “One of ... Read more

Slyce acquires YorkU computer vision technology for retail e-commerce

Deal led by MaRS Innovation and Innovation York to strengthen Slyce’s mobile image recognition application for retail e-commerce TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014—Slyce today announced that it has acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York PhD student, Dr. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi, to lead the integration of the intellectual property into Slyce’s Visual Search Platform as their new head of Research & Development. Slyce is a premium provider of visual ... Read more

Dr. Hofstein’s Op-Ed for The Hill-Times, “Biotechnology research: A knowledge economy”

This op-ed on Canadian biotechnology and the knowledge economy appeared in The Hill-Times (subscription required), Canada's politics and government newsweekly, September 9: Obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, or the more general stresses of an aging population: no matter which area of concern holds our collective gaze from moment to moment, improving health outcomes and healthcare is the No. 1 challenge for the world’s economy. Canada has the holistic approach and translational research necessary to address health care’s pervasive ... Read more

ClevrU vice chair featured in CBC’s Transforming Tech series

Dana Fox, vice chair of Waterloo-based ClevrU Corporation, was featured in CBC's Transforming Tech: Changing Careers in the Digital Age series, hosted by Matthew Kang. The interview explores Fox's career and decision to co-found ClevrU and his ongoing role in the start-up's development. Fox's interview runs just over six minutes. After clicking the link, scroll down the page to the second interview to play the audio file. (more…) Read more

MaRS Innovation awarded $15 million to further commercialize world-leading Canadian innovations

Networks of Centres of Excellence recognizes strength of partnership between MI and its 16 member institutions TORONTO, February 5, 2013 — How do you make sure the brilliant ideas emerging from Toronto’s academic research community get the best possible chance to succeed? MaRS Innovation (MI), created in 2008, bridges the chasm between these early-stage technologies and successful start-up companies and licensable technologies. By offering early-stage funding in tandem with hands-on management, mentorship and IP strategy protection, MI acts as a commercialization agent for ... 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

Kaypok Unveils Root Cause Analysis Solution for Why Consumers Behave

Company to Present on Social Media Behavior and Deep Root Cause Analysis at iStrategy Toronto December 4 TORONTO (December 4, 2012) — Companies are drowning in a sea of big, unstructured, noisy data. Whether it’s social media chatter, email or survey results, how do you filter the noise and take action? Kaypok Inc., a company spun off from York University research with support and funding from MaRS Innovation, uses a contextual natural language process to automatically interpret the meaning of raw data — ... 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
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