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  • 5 social entrepreneurship projects at U of T you should know about

    March 14, 2017 The foam peanuts that protect fragile deliveries can pile up in landfills. Concerned about packaging waste, University of Toronto students redesigned the pellets using potato starch, which is biodegradable and still squishy enough to protect fragile objects. The material is so natural you can even eat it – the prototype tastes like ... Read more
  • Interns at startups do more than fetch coffee

    March 12, 2017 Internships at big companies have long been a rite of passage for college and university students, a sought-after and often rewarding foot in the door of the corporate workplace. But, in a sign of the changing times, some institutions are thinking smaller with the placements they’re offering. The result – internships ... Read more
  • The next blockbuster? U of T startup Protagenic Therapeutics goes public on U.S. stock market

    March 10, 2017 The fortuitous discovery of an ancient gene, which made the leap from bacteria to animals hundreds of millions of years ago, could be the next billion-dollar breakthrough in the antidepressant market. Bigger than Prozac? Maybe. A game-changer in the industry if approved? Absolutely, says David Lovejoy, a U of T neuroendocrinology professor. The company, ... Read more
  • Indoor farming takes root at U of T Mississauga

    March 9, 2017 At University of Toronto Mississauga, a plastic tower sprouts produce including curly starbor kale, buttercrunch and collard greens. Rising almost six feet off the ground and illuminated by high output fluorescent bulbs, the indoor farm wall grows plants hydroponically – with nutrient solution, instead of soil. The water nourishes the roots, collects in ... Read more
  • U of T startup QD Solar secures international financing

    February 14, 2017 QD Solar, a Canadian startup co-founded by U of T researchers Ted Sargent and Sjoerd Hoogland, has received a big boost in funding and an important international nod to help bring its solar technology to market. On Monday, the company announced it had closed its first significant round of venture capital ... Read more
  • This Toronto startup uses A.I. to help lawyers predict trial outcomes

    February 7, 2017 Benjamin Alarie, who is both the Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto and founder of Blue J Legal, says he wants to create the equivalent of a racing video game for the legal profession – an ultra-realistic simulation that can help lawyers and accountants get a good sense ... Read more
  • New algorithms by U of T researchers may revolutionize drug discoveries

    February 6, 2017 A new set of machine learning algorithms developed by U of T researchers that can generate 3D structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer. “Designing successful drugs is like solving a puzzle,” says U of T PhD student ... Read more
  • Royal Bank boosts AI investment by hiring University of Alberta pioneer

    January 28, 2017 Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) is hiring a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) as an advisor to a new research lab the bank is establishing as part of its investment in AI and machine learning, Canada’s largest bank said on Wednesday. The bank declined to say how much is being invested, ... Read more
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to acquire startup from U of T’s Sam Molyneux

    January 24, 2017 A startup by a former University of Toronto student is the talk of Silicon Valley, Toronto and all tech centres in between after it was acquired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative earlier this week. Yes, that Zuckerberg. The Toronto-based company called Meta (known as ScienceScape when it lived in its early days at ... Read more
  • U of T grads who co-founded booming startup Exact Media named to “Forbes 30 Under 30 List”

    January 12, 2017 The co-founders of Toronto-based startup Exact Media, which has been described as the Airbnb of marketing, have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the young innovators and “change-makers” who are redefining industries from marketing to healthcare and education. They are among several U of T alumni that ... Read more