UTEST announces third cohort of U of T software startups

UTEST, one of U of T’s accelerators, announced its third cohort of technology startups. The companies represent a really diverse product range and should be pretty exciting to watch:

  • FlatFab Inc. — 3D printing (designing 3D objects that print in 2D)
  • ICE3 Power Technologies Inc. — hardware (universal charger for portable devices)
  • Onyx Motion Inc. — wearables (digital coaching)
  • Nvest Inc. — financial investing (socially-driven stock recommendations)
  • Syncadian Inc. — digital health (fatigue management for enterprise clients)

UTEST has been home to startup success stories Whirlscape, TrendMD, Crowdmark, eQOL and Granata Decision Systems, and others. The accelerator is a partnership co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation.

Read what betakit had to say about UTEST as part of its Accelerator Series.

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Toronto’s Northern Biologics takes on antibody therapeutics

Northern Biologics is a great example of the kind of exciting and innovative early-stage company we can build when world-class science comes together with entrepreneurial and seasoned venture capital investors.”
– Northern Biologics CEO Stefan Larson

A collaboration of Toronto-area academic and industry partners including Canadian biotechnology incubator, Blueline Bioscience with the University of Toronto and University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has announced the creation of a company that could change biotechnology development in Canada.

Northern Biologics is Blueline’s first spin-off biotech company. It hopes to use a selection of antibodies catalogued at U of T and turn them into new therapies for cancer and fibrosis.

More from the Globe and Mail: War chest of discoveries seeds Toronto’s Northern Biologics

Press release from U of T: Northern Biologics to Develop Antibody Therapeutics in Toronto

U of T students win wearable technology hackathon

A team of five students from U of T took the winning prize at SportsHack on November 16, 2014, a competition to develop wearable sports technology. The winning concept from Team Raisins: the Player Tracking System, an app that tracks player locations on a sports field, and displays the data as a heatmap, using cost-effective and efficient technologies.

The idea and pitch earned them a $7,500 cash prize and the chance to work with investors to turn their sports hack into reality.

Team Raisins included a computer science student and some students from U of T Mississauga, visiting as part of the Ciencia Sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders) program.

More details about SportsHack and the winning hack: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/main-news/utm-team-wins-wearable-sports-tech-competition