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  • An obstacle-detection system for wheelchairs

    December 29, 2017 A Toronto team has created an add-on system that can transform a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair able to help prevent collisions. The novel system uses sensors to detect obstacles and provides visual, audio or vibration feedback to drivers. It can be added to any powered or manual wheelchair. “Rear visibility ... Read more
  • How Canada Pushed The AI Agenda in 2017

    December 27, 2017 Artificial intelligence was reignited in Canada this year, creating new interest in the complex field with new dollars dedicated towards the growing industry. Universities, the Big Five, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became vocal supporters of AI this year, not only advocating that Canada becomes a global leader in the burgeoning field ... Read more
  • It’s time to bring entrepreneurs out of the garage

    December 26, 2017 The legends of successful startups have become the stuff of Hollywood storylines: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak hacking together the first Apple computers in Mr. Jobs’s garage; Mark Zuckerberg building Facebook in his dorm room; and Jeff Bezos launching Amazon out of his – you guessed it – garage. But not ... Read more
  • The Top Seven Startups For Souped-Up Senior Care

    December 23, 2017 By 2060, over 98 million Americans will be over 65 years old — that’s 24% of the population. No doubt a large number of these folk will also be in jobs – around 27% of men over 65 years old are predicted to be working in 2022. That shows an ... Read more
  • U of T’s Milica Radisic awarded 2017 Steacie Prize

    December 18, 2017 The University of Toronto’s Milica Radisic  has been named the 2017 recipient of the Steacie Prize, awarded each year to an engineer or scientist 40 years of age or younger who has made notable contributions to research in Canada. The prize is administered by the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation ... Read more
  • Why New York And Toronto Are Forming An East Coast Tech Alliance

    December 15, 2017 New York City is perpetually brimming with activity. Toronto is another busy metropolis, though a little more subtle about it. Together, leaders based in the two cities are working to build a strong, sustainable pipeline of world-changing technology and quality talent. Our shared mission: to compete with the best from ... Read more
  • China connection: U of T accelerator creates ‘soft landing program’ in Nanjing

    December 12, 2017 The road to manufacturing a first product leads many startups to China – but figuring out where to go once there can be daunting. That’s what Bin Liu, the CEO and co-founder of mobility device startup iMerciv, discovered when he first sought out a Chinese supplier to make the plastic casing ... Read more
  • ImmunoBiochem is haloed with angel investors after completing a new round of financing

    December 11, 2017 ImmunoBiochem Corporation completes a new round of financing led by angel investors and the company’s founding investor. The corporation has expanded its operations and is now located at Johnson & Johnson, JLABS, in the heart of Toronto. The company is focused on solving tumour heterogeneity by targeting a class of proteins ... Read more
  • Innovation machine: How one U of T researcher is having an outsized impact on the health startup space

    December 7, 2017 Paul Santerre recently flew to Boston to help launch a cerebral catheter that incorporates an anti-clotting polymer additive created by Interface Biologics, the company he co-founded nearly two decades ago based on his University of Toronto lab work. It was the sort of business trip that should be routine for the ... Read more
  • U of T legal startup adds employment law tool to its AI-powered product portfolio

    December 6, 2017 When it came time to develop his legal startup’s sophomore product, Benjamin Alarie did exactly what successful entrepreneurs are supposed to do: He listened to his customers. The University of Toronto law professor co-founded Blue J Legal in 2015, using machine learning algorithms to predict the likely outcomes of future tax law cases. ... Read more