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Welcome, Paul Cassar - Licensing & Commercialization Associate, Business Intelligence

October 19, 2020 /in Latest News

TDC is pleased to announce the arrival today of Paul Cassar, who joins us in the role of Licensing and Commercialization Associate – Business Intelligence.

Paul comes to us with extensive scientific business development and startup background, most recently from AdMare BioInnovations, where he was Manager, Business Development, assessing startup and valuation opportunities. 

Paul’s deep experience in product development and commercialization planning is a great asset to shaping fair-value investment opportunities for UHN technologies commercialized by TDC. He brings in rare strategic and valuation skills to bolster UHN’s company creation capabilities, with recent...

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Announcing TCRyption Inc., a new cancer focused biotechnology company spin-off from UHN

October 07, 2020 /in Latest News

Dr. Naoto Hirano  October 7, 2020 – Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of TCRyption Inc., a new UHN spin-off biotechnology company aiming to significantly advance cell-based cancer therapy to create more options for patients.

Founded based on the groundbreaking T-cell immunotherapy technologies created by Dr. Naoto Hirano, Senior Scientist and Associate Director of Research for the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, TCRyption’s T-cell receptor identification platforms and the resulting T-cell therapy clinical candidates are poised to expand treatment options for patients with varied types of cancers that have historically been difficult to treat.

"We are very pleased to...

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Point Surgical Spin-off Launched

September 17, 2020 /in Latest News

Point Surgical Inc. (PSI), a start-up recently spun-off from University Health Network (UHN), Unity Health Toronto (Unity) and Light Matter Interaction Inc. (LMI), is developing a new technology for instant and highly accurate intra-surgical identification of cancer types through a combination of laser vaporization and affordable mass spectrometry.  The technology, first demonstrated by Drs. Arash Zarrine-Afsar (UHN) and Howard Ginsberg (Unity), offers clinicians a new way to measure in real-time—right within the surgical theater—molecular biomarkers present in laser vaporized tissue to deliver a non-subjective characterization of disease. This point-of-care, intra-surgical molecular analysis technology alleviates the need for complex sample preparation and can be easily integrated into various surgical practices for on-the-spot determination of tissue pathologies in ~10 seconds.  ...

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UHN Spin-off Bridge7 inducted into inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator Canada cohort

September 03, 2020 /in Latest News

TDC is pleased to announce that UHN spin-off Bridge 7, a company using AI to scale clinical expertise to improve the efficiency, consistency and quality of delivering cancer care, has been invited to the inaugural class of Canada’s Google for Startups Accelerator-- a three-month fully digital accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A Canadian tech startups. The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer...

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TDC is hiring! Marketing, Communications and Special Projects Manager

August 24, 2020 /in Latest News

Join us as TDC's Marketing, Communications and Special Projects Manager! See details and application instructions below. 


Position: Marketing, Communications and Special Projects Manager
Site: MaRS – Heritage Building
Department: Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC)
Reports to: TDC Director
Salary range: $82,199.00 - $102,749.00 per annum (commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full-Time (minimum 12 months, extendible)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Marketing, Communications and Special Projects Manager in our Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC) Department.

Transforming lives and communities through...

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CRISPR Therapeutics expands regenerative medicine portfolio through a collaboration with UHN, gaining access to hepatocytes

July 28, 2020 /in Latest News

ZUG, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, today announced a research agreement with UHN, Canada’s largest research hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. Through UHN’s McEwen Stem Cell Institute, the aim of the collaboration is to combine CRISPR Therapeutics’ gene editing technology with UHN’s methods for differentiating stem cells into hepatocytes at high yield and purity, with the goal of developing regenerative medicine cell therapies for a number of different diseases. The agreement provides CRISPR Therapeutics an option to commercialize the technology.

About CRISPR Therapeutics
CRISPR Therapeutics is a...

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UHN Spin-off MolecuLight Launches the i:X® Telemedicine Solution for Imaging of Bacteria in Wounds

July 16, 2020 /in Latest News

New Telemedicine Solution allows the MolecuLight i:X Device to be used at the Bedside for Synchronous Interpretation of the Images by Remote Wound Care Clinicians

Toronto, CANADA – (July 16, 2020) MolecuLight Inc., the leader in point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces the launch of its new i:X® Telemedicine Solution. The i:X Telemedicine Solution provides a synchronous link between the patient’s bedside and the remote wound care clinician. With this secure solution, MolecuLight i:X imaging can be performed at any care location for accurate detection of wounds containing bacteria (> 104 CFU/g) and...

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UHN Launches New Spin-Off DNAMx Inc. Around Cutting-edge Liquid Biopsy Technology

July 14, 2020 /in Latest News

UHN is pleased to announce the launch of another spin-off company, DNAMx Inc., founded around an exciting circulating cell-free methylated DNA liquid biopsy technology developed at UHN’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in collaboration with Sinai Health System.  The diagnostic method, developed by Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Drs. Daniel De Carvalho and Scott Bratman, shows great promise as a liquid biopsy tool for cancer patients, as outlined in the publication in Nature, "Sensitive tumour detection and classification using plasma cell-free DNA methylomes." The platform also holds promise for application to conditions beyond cancer detection including prenatal diagnostics, cardiology and monitoring of immune responses.  DNAMx has secured...

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Celebrating 2 years from the NASDAQ closing for UHN Spin-off AVROBIO

July 09, 2020 /in Latest News

Hard to believe two years have passed! Congratulations on the incredible progress made by the AVROBIO team in the two years since. 

AVROBIO Inc, a public gene therapy biotechnology company raised over US$100 Million in it's initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ stock exchange in July 2018.  Less than one month after going public, AVROBIO was trading with a market cap of greater than US$651 Million. 

 AVROBIO trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "AVRO".

UHN Spin-off MolecuLight Launches i:X® Sterile Surgical Sleeve for Imaging of Bacteria in Wounds in a Surgical Setting

July 09, 2020 /in Latest News

New Disposable Sleeve allows MolecuLight i:X to Be Used in Operating Rooms (for skin grafts and skin substitutes), in Covid-19 Wards and in MRSA Isolation Wards

Toronto, CANADA – (July 9, 2020) MolecuLight Inc., the leader in point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces the launch of its new i:X Sterile Surgical Sleeve Convenience Kit for imaging bacteria in wounds using the MolecuLight i:X in a surgical and/or isolation setting. The convenience kit includes a unique disposable surgical sleeve that is fitted to neatly shroud the i:X device via an adaptor to align the optics of the...

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UHN Researchers diagnose brain tumours with a blood test

July 06, 2020 /in Latest News

A simple but highly sensitive blood test has been found to accurately diagnose and classify different types of brain tumours, resulting in more accurate diagnosis, less invasive methods and better treatment planning in the future for the patients.

The findings, published in Nature Medicine on June 22, describe a non-invasive and easy way to classify brain tumours.

The study is also being presented virtually the same day at the prestigious Opening Plenary Sessionof the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2020: "Turning Science into Lifesaving Care."

A major challenge in treating brain cancers is the accurate diagnosis of different types of brain cancers, and tumours ranging from low grade – which can look almost normal...

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Announcing Mark Taylor as Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

June 26, 2020 /in Latest News

UHN is pleased to announce that Mark Taylor, PEng MSc MBA has accepted the position of Director, UHN Technology Development and Commercialization (TDC), effective immediately. Mark has been with TDC since 2008; he was promoted to Associate Director in 2019 and has been Interim Director since February of this year.

Mark brings a wealth of business and commercialization experience, with previous roles in industry as well as several years developing research innovations within the health sciences sector. An engineer by training, his initial focus at TDC was on the development of medical technologies; he was also instrumental in the creation of the original plans for the launch of the Techna Institute. Over the years, he has helped translate...

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June 12, 2020 /in Latest News

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UHN Spin-off MolecuLight Announces CMS has Assigned an APC Reimbursement Code for its MolecuLight i:X® Procedure for Bacterial Imaging using Fluorescence

June 11, 2020 /in Latest News

New Code Enables Facility Reimbursement to Hospital Outpatient Centers Performing MolecuLight’s Procedure Benefiting Wound Care Patients

Toronto, CANADA – (June 11, 2020) MolecuLight Inc., the leader in point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has assigned an Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) code 5722 for the MolecuLight i:X imaging procedure for point-of-care real-time fluorescence wound imaging for bacterial presence, location and load (CPT® code 0598T (Category III)). The new APC code is effective July 1, 2020 and enables facility reimbursement under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment...

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UHN Spin-off Treadwell Therapeutics Announces US FDA Clearance of IND Application for Phase 1/2 Study

June 02, 2020 /in Latest News

Treadwell Therapeutics Announces US FDA Clearance of IND Application for Phase 1/2 Study of HPK1 Inhibitor, CFI-402411

June 02, 2020 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Treadwell Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for highly aggressive cancers, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its Investigational New Drug (IND) application to evaluate its third therapeutic candidate, CFI-402411, an oral, first-in-class inhibitor of hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 (HPK1) in patients with solid tumors as a monotherapy or in combination with PD1 pathway blockade....

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Northern Biologics Inc., a UHN spin-off and developer of antibody-based therapeutics, acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim

May 14, 2020 /in Latest News

A Big Deal for Cancer Therapeutics

Antibody-based therapeutics company Northern Biologics was acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Northern Biologics Inc., a UHN spin-off and developer of antibody-based therapeutics, was acquired today by Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), the world’s largest private pharmaceutical company.

Northern Biologics was the first modern UHN spin-off backed by venture capital. Its acquisition follows in the footsteps of a string of similar successes for UHN spin-offs created by UHN’s Technology Development and...

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UHN Scientist Gordon Keller Recognized as One of Year’s Most Significant Contributors to Canada’s Innovative Healthcare Industry

April 30, 2020 /in Latest News

Three Finalists Announced for the 2020 Bloom Burton Award

Award Recognizes the Year’s Most Significant Contributor to Canada’s Innovative Healthcare Industry

TORONTO, April 30, 2020 - Bloom Burton & Co. is pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2020 Bloom Burton Award. Bestowed annually and nominated by the public at large, the Bloom Burton Award honours an individual who made the greatest contribution to Canada’s innovative healthcare industry in the previous year.

The three finalists are, in alphabetical order:

  • Gordon Keller, Scientific Co-founder, BlueRock Therapeutics;
  • Arun Menawat, CEO of Profound Medical; and
  • Simon Pimstone, President and CEO, Xenon Pharmaceuticals.

All three finalists will be invited to and celebrated at the Bloom Burton Award Gala on...

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UHN Spin-off Thornhill Medical to deliver mobile ventilator systems to Government of Canada and Government of Ontario

March 31, 2020 /in Latest News

As announced today by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains Thornhill Medical, a leading innovator in medical technologies, has agreed to produce and deliver 500 mobile compact ventilator systems as part of Canada’s response to fight COVID-19.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of an agreement signed with the Government of Ontario and Thornhill Medical to produce and supply several of its compact, portable ICU units for use across the province. Thornhill Medical’s MOVES® SLC™ is already in use around the world and is produced at the company’s own manufacturing facility in Toronto.

Following the recent signing of a letter of intent by the Government of Canada, Thornhill Medical moved immediately to scale up its production plans and expand its...

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Support UHN in the COVID 19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020 /in Latest News

For those looking for a way to help during this uncertain time, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation has established an emergency #COVID19 fund to support the highest-priority needs of UHN's Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals during this pandemic. The funds raised by this emergency COVID-19 fund will support the most urgent needs of UHN's Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals during this pandemic.  Please visit their website for more information. 

UHN Spin-off Thornhill Medical joining the fight against COVID-19

March 24, 2020 /in Latest News

Thornhill Medical, a company that got its start at UHN, manufactures a portable ventilator that can help Canadian patients with COVID-19.

The portable intensive care unit, operated by battery power, has a ventilator, oxygen concentrator and can perform vital signs monitoring, among other features.

Originally developed to treat members of the military who had been critically injured and were in need of transport, the technology will now be used to assist patients who need life support due to the current global pandemic, says Dr. Joe Fisher, an anesthesiologist at Toronto General Hospital and a professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Dr. Fisher is co-founder of Thornhill Medical, which manufactures the device. He is a Director of the company, as is Dr. Ludwik Fedorko, a former...

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