Organization: Univ of Toronto

CFI Innovation Fund supports 117 infrastructure projects

More than $554 million in federal funding has been allocated to 117 new infrastructure projects at several universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. The money comes from the Innovation Fund of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide researchers and students with tools to help them facilitate their research. About $423 million of…

Supercluster contenders must include strategies for confronting the risks in managing diverse interests

Managing different organizations with varying interests and different sizes of financial commitment will require a change in culture for the companies and institutions engaged in the Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) competition. Governance and managing millions of dollars in government funds matched by industry are among the key challenges and risks ISI contenders will face, according to panelists at the recent Canadian Science Policy Conference

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab to be replicated in NYC

Univ of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) concept has found its way to New York City as the university’s Rotman School of Management collaborates with the New York Univ‘s Stern School of Business. Stern associate professor Deepak Hegde says the business school had been searching for an approach to integrate AI, life science and fintech…

Uber opens automotive-focused AI research group in MaRS centre

Uber Technologies Inc is establishing an artificial intelligence (AI) research group at the MaRS Discovery District focused on self-driving vehicles to draw on the region’s world-class AI talent pool. Uber has recruited Univ of Toronto professor Dr Raquel Urtasun, a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision, to head up the research group.…

Dr Andrew Parkin

Dr Andrew Parkin has been appointed the director of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank associated with the School of Public Policy & Governance at the Univ of Toronto. Parkin is an independent public policy analyst and consultant at Dalhousie Univ. Past positions include DG at the Council of Ministers of Education,…

CCRM and the Univ of Queensland partner to commercialize neutropenia treatment

The Univ of Toronto-hosted Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) has struck a licensing deal with the UniQuest, the commercialization arm of Brisbane AU-based Univ of Queensland (UQ) to commercialize a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia. The treatment, developed by researchers at UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, provides a therapeutic dose of…

Microsoft Ventures invests in Montreal AI expertise

Microsoft Venture‘s new start-up fund has made its first investment in Element AI, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence start-up affiliated with researchers at McGill Univ, Univ of Montreal and Univ of Toronto. Founded by Dr Yoshua Bengio and serial entrepreneurs Jean-François Gagné and Nicolas Chapados, Element AI will use the undisclosed Microsoft investment to achieve scale…