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BlueRock Therapeutics remains committed to Toronto following $1 billion USD acquisition

On Thursday, it was announced that BlueRock Therapeutics, a stem cell-focused biotech company with operations in Toronto, is set to be fully acquired by German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer AG. As first reported by The Globe and Mail, Bayer already owned 40.8 percent of BlueRock and will be paying almost $600 million … Read More

The future is FinTech, you ask?

In a landmark partnership between the University of Toronto (U of T), the Digital Finance Institute (DFI), and the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, student teams at U of T Scarborough (UTSC) are designing a one-stop information gateway to boost innovation and investment in Canadian financial services. “In recent years, financial technology, including AI in … Read More

Wattpad expands publishing arm to Europe, partnering with Penguin Random House U.K.

Canadian online storytelling hub Wattpad is taking its print operation across the pond. The Toronto-based company announced Thursday that it’s partnering with Penguin Random House U.K. to publish six young-adult titles this year. Wattpad says the European expansion of its publishing division speaks to the global reach of its online community of writers. Earlier this … Read More

E-scooter startup by U of T alumnus set to roll out in Kelowna, B.C.

Roll Technologies Inc., whose CEO is U of T Scarborough alumnus Richard Cao, has reached a deal with the city of Kelowna, B.C., believed to be the first city in Canada to welcome a program of e-scooters. The startup will deploy 200 e-scooters and 50 electronic bikes (e-bikes) in September. Users will be able to find, unlock and … Read More

Preventative health at your fingertips: U of T researchers accurately measure blood pressure using phone camera

If you’re reading this story on your smartphone, you may be holding the future of preventative health in your hands. A study led by University of Toronto researchers, published today in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, found that blood pressure can be measured accurately by taking a quick video selfie. Kang Lee, a professor of … Read More

Can a DNA test improve your fitness and health?

Ever notice how a diet that everyone else is loving just doesn’t work for you? Or wonder why other people can drink coffee all day, when just a single cup makes you jittery? Maybe you’ve pondered the mystery of how some people thrive on five hours’ sleep, when you need eight?

U of T student team places third in national competition for app that helps children with autism spectrum disorder

A team of three University of Toronto graduate students has designed an app for caregivers that can help improve the accessibility of museums for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The innovation earned the team third place at the 2019 Universities Canada Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, which aims to inspire university students … Read More

Alum’s start-up looks to bring safe e-scooters to Canada

A U of T Scarborough alum’s start-up is racing toward its goal: introduce electric scooters (e-scooters) in a way that is safe, legal and tailored to Canada.  “I want to provide a reasonable product to the market that people actually need and can use in a safe way,” says Richard Cao, CEO of Roll Technologies Inc (Roll). 

MuseGo wins 3rd place in 2019 IDeA competition

Congratulations U of T students Christina Park, Karen He, and Yifan Zhang. Their app MuseGO, a mobile app that helps people living with sensory processing disorders navigate community spaces, took home third place in the 2019 IDeA competition.

Redistribution and innovation drive Canada’s changing economy

Even before Donald Trump and before Brexit, Justin Trudeau was aware that voter disenchantment and populism were on the rise. He saw one of the important answers to this as economic, and his remedy has been to give the middle class a pay rise. “Western democracies around the world had a struggling middle class…that felt … Read More