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U of T startup inks $250,000 deal with local health network

A University of Toronto startup seeking to improve communication between patients and hospitals has received $250,000 in funding from a southern Ontario local health integration network. The Waterloo-Wellington LHIN said Friday the funding would be used by Dash MD to develop a local version of its smartphone app, which enables health-care providers to easily deliver detailed  … Read More

U of T conference explores the future of health care – and how Toronto will shape it

Having twice battled breast cancer, Nathalie Le Prohon has first-hand knowledge of the “dire need for change and transformation” of the aging and often inefficient Canadian health-care system. “We’re moving and innovation is happening, but it’s not scaling up fast enough,” Le Prohon, the health-care industry lead for IBM Canada, told a packed auditorium at … Read More

U of T’s Deep Genomics inks partnership with U.S. biotech firm

A University of Toronto startup that uses artificial intelligence to develop treatments for genetic diseases has forged a partnership with a U.S. biotechnology firm. Deep Genomics, spun out of research done by Professor Brendan Frey in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, said this week it will be working with Cambridge, Mass.-based, Wave Life Sciences to … Read More

Impact Centre report examines how Canada lags behind the US in building scaleups

To get a better idea of how Canadian startups scale compared to their global counterparts, the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto has released the results of a report comparing Canadian scaleups to the US and the UK. To complete the report, the Centre looked at the fundraising patterns of tech companies in Canada … Read More

A sanctuary for startups: How an aging church became home to some of U of T’s newest ventures

The wooden stairs creak, the third-floor meeting room feels like a sauna and there’s nary an espresso bar in sight. But what the unassuming home of the University of Toronto’s UTEST accelerator – housed on the second floor of a 136-year-old church on College Street – lacks in swish startup amenities, it more than makes up … Read More

‘We’re really close’: U of T expert on Toronto becoming a leading health innovation hub

Toronto is nearing the “tipping point” in its quest to become a leading hub for health innovation – a development that promises to help modernize an aging Canadian health-care system while giving the broader economy a shot in the arm. Zayna Khayat, an expert in health-care innovation and adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman … Read More

Myhal family champions next-generation engineering innovation and entrepreneurship

This spring when U of T Engineering opens the doors to the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Myhal Centre), it will mark the success of an ambitious campaign and reflect a new era for engineering – one with multidisciplinary collaboration and active, experiential learning at its core. The Myhal Centre will offer one of the finest teaching and research … Read More

Robotics beyond the factories: assistive devices help children gain independence

For some entrepreneurs, their innovations are passion projects. But these take time and creative marketing to reach fruition. This is often the case in assistive robotics and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities. Not only are the investment requirements and hardware costs high, insurance coverage for end users is slim to non-existent in North America, … Read More

Lucky break? U of T startup raises $500,000 to improve hospital-patient communication

The idea behind Zack Fisch’s health-care startup, which recently closed a $500,000 seed round, was planted after he nearly lost a leg following an ultimate Frisbee accident. Though the limb was merely broken, Fisch failed to recognize his too-tight cast had led to compartment syndrome, dangerously decreasing blood flow. “I felt a burning sensation, but … Read More

Torontonians who are shaking up the tech sector

Benjamin Alarie co-founded Blue J Legal, which makes AI tools that run legal simulations to predict court decisions. Interview listed in link: