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  • Genecis Reprograms Bacteria to Make Better Bioplastics

    April 9, 2019 As consumers push-back against single-use, disposable products, scientists are looking at new ways to produce plastics. Genecis has designed a scalable way to genetically engineer bacteria to turn food waste into better bioplastics. In Genecis‘ world, food waste isn’t waste any more. Instead, it’s a building block, a resource, something ... Read more
  • Entrepreneurs from Ontario’s Nanology Labs and Xpan Inc. receive FACIT investment for early-stage cancer innovations

    April 8, 2019 TORONTO, ON (April 8, 2019) – FACIT, an Ontario First business accelerator and investor for oncology innovations, is pleased to announce recent successes in its mission to help bridge the capital gap often experienced by early-stage entrepreneurs. The newest recipient of FACIT’s Prospects Oncology Fund is Nanology Labs, a start-up based ... Read more
  • U of T researcher Shana Kelley’s four tips on building a life sciences startup

    April 4, 2019 University Professor Shana Kelley, of the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, is no stranger to the world of entrepreneurship or the unique challenges associated with building a company in the life sciences space. Over the years, Kelley has been involved in no less than three research-based startups. She calls the ... Read more
  • ‘Filling in the missing pieces’: How AI is transforming drug discovery, development and innovation

    April 1, 2019 Brendan Frey’s passion for genomics — the science of analyzing and interpreting our DNA — was ignited in 2002. When a family member was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, there wasn’t enough information for doctors to evaluate the full scope of the problem, let alone fix it. “I thought we ... Read more
  • How 3D printing has sped up prosthetic development for people around the world

    March 28, 2019 For alumnus Jerry Evans, every job is a custom job. “The shape of a person’s limb is as unique as their signature,” he says. “You can’t meet this need with mass production.” After graduating from the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in civil engineering, Evans pursued an MBA and had a successful ... Read more
  • H2i Start-ups Claim Top Prizes

    March 28, 2019 Two companies supported by the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), the Faculty of Medicine campus-linked accelerator, won first place in the 2019 RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pitch competition. This marks the second year in a row that H2i supported companies claimed the top prizes. Nanology Labs took top spot in the Later Stage competition, winning ... Read more
  • Tech IPO market turning into a ‘Ponzi scheme’: Impact Centre senior fellow

    March 28, 2019 With Lyft getting ready to go public Friday, BNN Bloomberg speaks with Charles Plant, senior fellow with the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, to discuss the problems with the tech IPO market and what companies need to know if they’re looking to list in Canada or stateside. Read more
  • U of T receives $100 million donation for innovation advancement

    March 25, 2019 U of T has received a $100 million donation to fund a new innovation research complex that will support artificial intelligence (AI) and biomedical research. The donation, from the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation, is the largest that the university has ever received. U of T President Meric Gertler, ... Read more
  • University of Toronto announces largest donation in school’s history for construction of new centre, institute

    March 25, 2019 Billionaire investor Gerald Schwartz and Indigo chief executive Heather Reisman announced Monday that they will donate $100-million to the University of Toronto for the construction of a new centre for innovation and entrepreneurship as well as an institute that will study the impact of emerging technologies on society. The gift is ... Read more
  • Billionaire Power Couple Give C$100 Million for Canadian AI Push

    March 25, 2019 Canada’s billionaire power couple, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, have donated C$100 million ($75 million) to the University of Toronto for an artificial intelligence complex. The gift, from the duo behind private-equity firm Onex Corp. and Indigo Books & Music Inc., is the largest in the university’s history and biggest for ... Read more