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  • U of T researcher and JLABS draw U.S. drug delivery startup to Toronto

    May 10, 2017 Shawn Glinter, the CEO of Nashville-based Pendant Biosciences, was born in Winnipeg and played hockey in college. But it took a leading University of Toronto researcher – and last year’s launch of life sciences incubator JLABS @ Toronto – to rekindle his interest in Canada. Though Pendant originally licensed its polymer-based drug delivery ... Read more
  • My startup has six co-founders. Here’s how it works

    May 9, 2017 Choosing co-founders to start a venture is one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur has to make. It’s common to see a founding team with two or three members, but at Therapia, an on-demand physiotherapy platform, we have chosen a team of six co-founders, all of whom have different ... Read more
  • U of T inventor-entrepreneur honoured with Governor General’s Innovation Award

    May 5, 2017 The molecules he works with may be small, but Professor Paul Santerre is using them to solve some of the world’s biggest and most pressing medical challenges. One of Santerre’s most successful inventions is Endexo™, a surface-modifying material that can be applied to medical tubing to prevent blood from sticking and clotting, one of ... Read more
  • Tracking proteins using AI: U of T scientists develop deep learning algorithm

    May 3, 2017 U of T researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can track proteins to help reveal what makes cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease. From self-driving cars to computers that can diagnose cancer, artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping the world in ways that are hard to predict, but for ... Read more
  • U of T’s Deep Genomics applies AI to accelerate drug development for genetic conditions

    May 3, 2017 Genetic mutations are the cause of countless diseases and disorders, from cancer to autism to cystic fibrosis. Now, startup company Deep Genomics is applying decades of research into machine learning and genomic science to develop genetic medicines – accelerating treatments that address the root causes of these conditions. “If you have smoke billowing ... Read more
  • Marketing is key to building a successful startup: U of T’s Impact Centre

    May 2, 2017 When Gimmy Chu co-founded smart lighting company Nanoleaf back in 2012, he initially conceived of the firm as one focused exclusively on technology development. But he soon realized that he was actually in the business of selling consumer products: Nanoleaf’s debut offering was a dodecahedron-shaped LED bulb that was as stylish, as it was energy efficient. The problem? ... Read more
  • Bright ideas: researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders at U of T conference exploring future of light

    May 1, 2017 Most associate insomnia with the dark. But Amol Rao says we should pay more attention to our lights. The U of T student, who will soon be graduating with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, cites a growing body of research that shows nighttime exposure to blue wavelength light – the type ... Read more
  • Software superstars: U of T alumni, student among Canada’s top developers under 30

    April 28, 2017 Who are Canada’s best developers? Jyotheeswar Arvind Manickavasagar is one, according to Canadian Business. And so are Amber Houle, Zain Manji and Amy Xiao. “This award validates my decision to come to Canada and study at U of T,” says Manickavasagar, who graduated last year from U of T and is now working ... Read more
  • U of T student’s startup aims to improve birth outcomes for racialized women

    April 27, 2017 As a health sciences researcher, Elsie Amoako spent a lot of time studying birth outcomes for racialized women in Canada – and was disappointed with what she found. So she decided to do something about it. The graduate student at U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana ... Read more
  • U of T researcher launches startup to help find new smart drugs

    April 24, 2017 Igor Stagljar likens the process of commercializing his ground-breaking research into cell membrane proteins – which has yielded hundreds of new targets for drug-makers seeking cures for cancer and other deadly diseases – to building a highly automated Tesla factory. But there’s a key difference: ProteinNetwork Therapeutix will be based here in Canada, ... Read more