OCE In The News

  • June 22, 2015 – University of Toronto Engineering NewsEngineers receive grant for ‘artificial liver’ that could help find more effective drugs
    A research team led by U of T Engineering Professor Craig Simmons (MIE, IBBME) received $300,000 this week to create a 3D model of the human liver. Funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence and pharmaceutical consortium CQDM, the project could help determine whether or not new drug molecules are safe for use in humans.
  • June 22, 2015 – Conestoga College NewsNew research project explores the use of robotics in recycling
    Starting this September, Conestoga’s Centre for Smart Manufacturing will be home to a new research project that will explore the use of robotics in electronic waste (e-waste) recycling. The project has been made possible thanks to $90,000 in funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
  • June 18, 2015 – Business London MagazineAn innovative stroke
    Looking for an edge top flight rowing teams including many national programs turn to London based Hudson Boat Works one of the three top manufacturers in the world producing custom handcrafted Olympic class rowing racing shells.
    The company has earned a winning reputation Hudson boats have won 80 medals at the Olympic and World Rowing Championships since 1984 in part. because of its tireless
    pursuit of developing lighter stronger and faster boats.
  • June 18, 2015 – BioSpace$1.5M To Accelerate Drug Discovery Within The Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor
    CQDM and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will fund five highly innovative and unconventional game-changing research and development projects to accelerate drug discovery in the Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor. Partners are granting $1.5M to Quebec-based and, for the first time, Ontario-based researchers thanks to the partnership with OCE through CQDM's 2014 Explore Program, one of CQDM's flagship programs focusing on early concept validation of cutting-edge technologies that address the most crucial needs in drug discovery and development.
  • June 17, 2015 – PR NewswireCQDM and MaRS Innovation investing in new Encycle project to determine rules for making peptide drugs orally bioavailable
    Encycle Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Andrei Yudin of the University of Toronto in partnership with MaRS Innovation, is a Canadian start-up emerging as a market leader in finding orally-bioavailable molecules. Today, the company announced $840,000 in funding from CQDM and MaRS Innovation to generate a better understanding of the chemical properties required to make small peptide-like molecules, which Encycle calls nacellins, orally bioavailable. This funding, generated through MaRS Innovation's strategic partnerships programs with Pfizer Inc. and GSK, and CQDM's global membership program with Pfizer Inc. and Merck, brings Encycle's total funding to approximately $4 million, including an earlier investment in 2011 from Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • June 17, 2015 – PharmiwebOntario Supporting Biotech Industry
    Ontario is home to the largest life sciences industry in Canada and contributes to approximately 50 per cent of the country’s life sciences economic activity. Today five new partnerships involving Ontario organizations totaling $7 million were announced at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia including three with OCE involvement.
  • June 17, 2015 – TechVibesGovernment Invests $1 Million to Help Develop Better Treaments for Neurological Disorders
    Toronto's neuroscience efforts to find new drugs to treat and manage brain disorders—specifically, mood disorders and Alzheimer's disease—took another step forward as the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation announced a $1 million contribution to the Neuroscience Catalyst consortium, bringing the total raised for the open innovation fund to $3.7 million.
  • June 5, 2015 – State Science & Technology Institute OnlineMI, IA, VA, Others Target Future Demand for Autonomous, Connected Vehicles
    Several U.S. states, cities, and the Canadian Province of Ontario have recently announced initiatives in an attempt to position themselves as leaders in the rapidly growing industries of autonomous and connected cars.
  • June 5, 2015 – Electronic Products and TechnologyOCE accelerates auto innovation through program partnerships

    Fuelling the concept of innovation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and some of its partners are investing in programs aimed at moving automotive-based research from the classroom to the showroom.
    OCE, on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, will invest $1-million supporting driverless and connected vehicles, as well as teaming up with AUTO21 to provide 50 students with practical automotive industry R&D experience.

  • June 5, 2015 – Healio.comBetter, more affordable prosthetic knees to be mass produced for developing countries
    An expected commitment of $2 million from a combination of private investors, foundations and federal funds will allow the Toronto-based company, LegWorks, to mass produce an innovative, affordable prosthetic knee for amputees in developing countries, according to a press release.
    The contribution from the federal government is part of a $10 million strategic partnership fund provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) for Grand Challenges Canada innovations meant to improve health in developing countries. Other investors include MaRS Innovation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Ontario Centres of Excellence, as well as a number of private investors.
  • June 5, 2015 – Belleville IntelligencerON CAMPUS: Taking classroom experience to the orchard

    Since its inception in 1996, County Cider has expanded to accommodate a retail store, a patio, production facilities and new varieties of apples. To compete with multinational corporations and to meet heightened demand for its products, County Cider recently partnered with Loyalist College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technician program to evaluate their machining operations and recommend process improvements to increase productivity and flexibility.
    The initiative, which enables students to put their design skills to work, is made possible by a grant from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), marking the College’s first NSERC award.

  • May 29, 2015 – Financial PostWhat I learned about business from launching an app and clinching our first 1,000 users

    Earlier this year, Kabir Daswani launched Grabb, a mobile app that allows people to pre-order and pre-pay for meals — skip the line to save time.
    It’s been a steep learning curve, from registering Grabb as a business in the Queen’s University library to attracting its first 1,000 users, and Daswani learned a few lessons about launching a business.

  • May 27, 2015 – Medical XpressBetter, more affordable prosthetic knees bound for developing world
    Backed with a blend of investments, including from Ontario Centres of Excellence, and catalyzed by Grand Challenges Canada, a new Toronto-based company will contribute to a better life for amputees in developing countries. With the new funding, LegWorks will mass produce its innovative, affordable prosthetic knee, the All-Terrain Knee (AT-Knee), the functionality and durability of which makes it ideal for amputees living in the developing world.
  • May 26, 2015 – The Fountain PenOntario Providing Funds For Connected Vehicles

    Ontario is helping the province's transportation industry become a global leader in connected vehicle technology. The province, through Ontario Centres of Excellence, is pledging $1 million to support innovative and commercially viable projects through the Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle Program.

  • May 12, 2015 – Mississauga NewsMississauga student’s business pitch wows the judges

    Jake D'Gama will be busy running his own company this summer instead of trying to find a part-time job after winning a competition that encourages youth to come up with an idea for a business.
    D’Gama, a Grade 12 student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, was one of six winners of the Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch competition. 

  • May 11, 2015 – Windsor StarUniversity of Windsor student wins $25,000 for portable turbine project

    For the residents of the Nicaraguan beach town of Benicia, University of Windsor engineering student Kyle Bassett’s experiments with small wind turbines went from an amusing oddity to life changing when they provided the community with access to electricity for the first time. And in recognition of just how far he’s come with his idea, Bassett was awarded $25,000 last week for winning the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge at the Ontario Centres of Excellence annual Discovery Conference in Toronto.

  • May 11, 2015 – Financial Post‘Winter is coming’ to the tech sector: Eric Ries
    Through his 2011 bestseller The Lean Startup, technology entrepreneur Eric Ries has changed the way the world looks at business formation by turning rapid, agile deployment and “customer development” into Priority 1 activities. Recently I interviewed Ries on stage, via video feed from his home in California, on behalf of the Discovery 2015 conference hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence. His comments on startups, shakeups and the coming tech freeze-up make required reading for anyone trying to build a sustainable business in today’s uncertain markets.
  • May 11, 2015 – U of T NewsStartup world: U of T entrepreneurs take their companies to OCE Discovery conference
    University of Toronto entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors showed off their startups at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference April 27 and 28 – making connections and sharing best practices for Toronto-based companies in the global economy.
  • May 11, 2015 – BetaKitPAYSO WINS OCE FINTECH INVESTOR PITCH COMPETITON
    The OCE Discovery conference is taking place today in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. New to the conference this year is the Discovery FinTech Investor Pitch Competition. Five FinTech startups pitched for a chance at $25,000, and in the end it was Payso that came out on top, beating out fellow HIGHLINE portfolio startup Koho and the rest of the field.
  • May 11, 2015 – Ottawa Business JournalMerivale team wins Technovation event
    A team of girls from Merivale High School not only walked away with the top prize at the Technovation Challenge Showcase and Competition at Carleton University on Sunday, but they might get some high-level help taking their mobile application to market, the event’s organizer said.