OCE In The News

  • June 8, 2016 – Digital JournalScarX Therapeutics closes $2 million Series A financing
    ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis), has closed a $2 million Series A financing. The company will complete a Phase I clinical trial of its lead candidate, SCX-001, in human volunteers, with the eventual goal of creating better functional and cosmetic patient outcomes.
  • June 8, 2016 – CBCSelf-driving cars to be tested on Ontario roads

    Ontario will be the first province in Canada to allow road tests of automated vehicles, according to Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.  The province will allow testing of self-driving cars, as well as related technologies, starting on Jan. 1 of the new year. The provincial government is also pledging an additional $500,000 to the Ontario Centres of Excellence Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle Program. That program pairs academic institutions with businesses to further transportation technology.

  • June 8, 2016 – Barrie ExaminerAboriginal restaurant, fine food and better hockey bag are winners of entrepreneurship competition

    Brandon Pitawanakwat is working hard to see his dream come true – the Crowned Eagle, a restaurant in Collingwood that will specialize in Aboriginal fine food. Pitawanakwat, a Georgian College student, is the first-place winner in the latest exC!te Experience competition offered through Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC).


    Throughout her childhood, Nadia Hamilton and her family helped her brother, Troy, who has Autism, navigate through life at home with step-by-step illustrated guides for everyday activities like brushing teeth.

  • May 9, 2016 – CHCH televisionGadgets & Gear of the future
    While many of the conventions we hear about have superheroes and movie stars in the spotlight, our Phil Perkins attended a gathering where innovators and academics get all the attention. As he learned, lots of the tech shown are still in the beginning stage but may become an integral part of our lives in the future.
  • May 4, 2016 – Accelerator CentreAC Client Knowledgehook wins Google’s Game Changer Award at 2016 Demo Day

    Canadian edtech startup Knowledgehook today received Google’s Game Changer Award at the tech giant’s annual Demo Day in Silicon Valley. Travis Ratnam and James Francis were among the co-founders of 11 new tech companies invited to Silicon Valley to pitch today to a room full of top investors, venture capitalists and judges.

  • April 26, 2016 – Carleton NewsroomThree Carleton Student Projects named Finalists in 2016 IDeA Competition

    Three projects from students in Carleton’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design and Sprott School of Business have been named finalists in the 5th annual Council of Ontario Universities’ annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition. The IDeA competition challenges Ontario undergraduate university students to use their creativity in order to identify an accessibility-related issue and create an innovative and unique solution. Students work individually or in teams, engaging with industry, government and community partners including members of the disability community.

  • April 26, 2016 – Peterborough ExaminerLoyalist examining using insect powder for food
    Loyalist College has entered into a partnership with Entomo Farms on an applied research project using cricket powder for human consumption.
    The college has been awarded funding to collaborate with Entomo Farms on the project, which will be housed within the college’s state-of-the-art Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory. Under the lead of Loyalist College biosciences Professor Dr. Kari Kramp, this research project aims to validate Entomo Farms’ scientific methods, illustrating the environmental, social and nutritional benefits of insect farming and the adoption of insect protein as an integral part of human, pet and livestock diets.
  • April 25, 2016 – Mohawk CollegeShining the spotlight on entrepreneurialism at Mohawk

    Melanie Sodtka sees a day when the hard work and creativity of Mohawk students and alumni ring up sales on campus. Sodtka is the Faculty Lead of SURGE, Mohawk’s entrepreneurial hub. SURGE offers year-round workshops, training, mentorship and competitions. All of the activity is aimed at fostering innovation and supporting students aspiring to launch their own businesses.

  • April 22, 2016 – Brampton GuardianAngel investors share secrets of securing funds

    Would-be entrepreneurs recently learned that there are several funding sources on standby waiting to help them take their placemat ideas and launch them in into marketplace products. At the Funding Your Startup seminar held in April at Mississauga’s RIC Centre, creative minds heard representatives from four Ontario-based angel investor groups confirm that they are eager to fund good ideas and good people.

  • April 20, 2016 – Sarnia ObserverAbout 30 people attend Lambton College-hosted workshop

    Options for companies looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions were on the docket at a Lambton College-hosted workshop Wednesday. About 30 people, including faculty, students, industry representatives and one Sarnia city counsellor, sat in at the Lambton Event Centre for a discussion on tracking carbon and on potential funding sources for greenhouse-gas-cutting projects. Tim Gibbins, with Ontario Centres of Excellence, a provincially funded not-for-profit focused on commercializing new technologies, talked about a $74-million Cleantech Innovation Initiative pot that will soon be available for large Ontario polluters looking to reduce emissions.

  • April 18, 2016 – Digital JournalImmunoBiochem Corporation Partners With the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics at the University of Toronto to Advance New Antibody Drug Conjugates
    ImmunoBiochem Corporation, a Canadian biopharmaceutical company developing novel Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs), and the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB) have partnered to develop new therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer and other solid tumors. Under the collaboration agreement, which also grants ImmunoBiochem an option for the exclusive licensing of new intellectual property, CCAB is supporting the development of fully-human therapeutic antibodies against ImmunoBiochem’s lead cancer target. ImmunoBiochem will then engineer the new antibodies into ADCs and intends to complete their preclinicaldevelopment and take the new molecules into the clinic.  
  • April 13, 2016 – BetaKitCanadian startups Pacta & Knowledgehook to pitch at Google Demo Day

    Two Canadian startups are set to pitch before investors and judges. at Google’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters on May 4 for Google Demo DayWaterloo-based Knowledgehook, an OCE-supported company that creates gaming software that analyzes the academic performance of math students, and Halifax-based PACTA, which enables companies to keep track of their signed contracts on any device and across teams through smart contracts, are among the 11 chosen startups. They will pitch in front of judges Steve Case, chairman of Revolution and Case Foundation, Frank Chen, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Bedy Yang, a managing partner at 500 Startups.

  • January 27, 2016 – CBC NewsWindsor wants to become test site for self-driving vehicles

    Bringing self-driving vehicle testing to cities like Windsor, Ont. will take a concerted effort from all levels of government, say city officials. Windsor is one of the latest Canadian cities vying to become a site for autonomous vehicle testing. Partnering with the region's university and colleges, the city is making a pitch to Ford of Canada in a letter expected to be sent out next week.

    Read more at CBC online...
  • January 27, 2016 – Toronto StarBreaking new auto research ground

    Automotive research is no longer restricted to the manufacturers. Apple and Google are two examples of high-tech companies getting involved and universities have their hands in it, too. When it comes to post-secondary automotive research programs, there are four universities in Ontario that are collectively earning good grades including some working with Ontario Centres of Excellence.

    Read more in The Toronto Star...

  • January 27, 2016 – University of GuelphResearchers Get OCE Funding for Canine Cancer Study
    University of Guelph scientists working to improve cancer therapy for dogs — and potentially to enhance human cancer treatment — have received a $100,000 grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

    Read more at University of Guelph online...
  • December 17, 2015 – Cornwall Standard-FreeholderState-of-the-art drones to assist Cornwall's St. Lawrence River Institute

    The fish under the waves of the St. Lawrence River don't know it, but they will assist in the testing of new, unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles (UAVs) or drones. St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences personnel will be taking part in utilizing the UAVs, which have been developed by RME Geomatics, a division of Rocky Mountain Equipment Canada Ltd. with the assistance of a grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence.

  • December 11, 2015 – Accelerator CentreHow Dematic is investing in R&D to solve complex problems
    Through a partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering, and leveraging grants from both Collaborative Research & Development (CRD) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Dematic has been researching and developing advanced mathematical models and machine learning algorithms to solve complex automation problems.
  • December 7, 2015 – KineticaKinetica’s ground-breaking technology to be utilized in Toronto’s landmark YC Condominiums
    Kinetica is pleased to announce that its ground-breaking Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD) technology will be used in the landmark YC Condominiums in Toronto. The VCD technology will ensure the slender 66-storey residential tower is resilient to unwanted vibrations caused by high winds and earthquakes. The building, to be located at Yonge and College in Toronto, also brings the technology to a mere 10 minute walk from where it was developed at the University of Toronto's Department of Civil Engineering.
  • December 3, 2015 – EMS WorldFive Ontario Tech Projects Highlight Remote Patient Monitoring and Care
    More than $3 million is being invested in five public-private partnerships through an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) program focused on use of technology to remotely monitor and care for Ontario patients.