Entrepreneurship

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
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Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

NBA’s Ben Gordon signs on to U of T wearable tech sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion

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Former Orlando Magic player new innovation director for basketball smartwatch app
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Brianna Goldberg

Onyx Motion is partnering with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon in a bid to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company’s first-of-its-kind-tech, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance.

“We're hoping to build a motion marketplace – a library of data, moves and audio tips from pro players,” said Onyx Motion co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Marissa Wu, a 2013 engineering science alumna.

When the SpaceX rocket blew up his experiment, this U of T engineer saw it on Facebook

Author: 
Alan Christie

Aaron Persad was on a teleconference call June 28 with his employer, a company that does contract work for NASA, when he saw the news on his phone – it was about NASA, and it wasn’t good.

Persad, a post-doctoral fellow in U of T’s Thermal Dynamics and Kinetics Lab, learned from a Facebook posting by a friend that an unmanned SpaceX spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station had blown apart two and a half minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

Supergreen: turning renewable natural gas waste into fertilizer with U of T startup, CHAR Technologies

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Company wins $750,000 in first investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s Natural Gas Fund
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Brianna Goldberg

The problem with ‘green energy’ solutions is that some of them aren’t so much ‘green’ as they are ‘green-ish’ or ‘green-er’ than alternatives. 

Take renewable natural gas. It’s seen as a clean and carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels. But as a form of energy rising from decomposing organic materials in landfills, natural gas starts out quite dirty.

Improving kids’ literacy with singing stickers: U of T social startup goes global

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Attollo Social Enterprise vies for US $1 million Hult Prize after pilots in Kenya, India
Author: 
Jamie Hunter

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities.

“We wanted to create something that was play-based,” said U of T alumna Aisha Bukhari, a co-founder of Attollo Social Enterprise, the team behind the innovation. “We wanted it to be affordable, scalable and loved by children.”

Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence and machine learning startup

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Researchers behind startup include former students of Google’s AI expert, U of T professor Geoffrey Hinton
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Brianna Goldberg and Nina Haikara

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several alumni and a PhD student from the University of Toronto.

Twitter announced the acquisition June 17, 2015. 

Want to ace your dentistry or medical school application? Check out these startups from a new grad

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Helping applicants excel in medical and dentistry school interviews, online testing
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Erin Vollick
 
Joel Meyerson takes education seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s launched two startups from his experiences in U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry to help others become dentists, too.
 
“We have a mission,” says Meyerson, who graduates this spring, “to be a student service first and a business second.”
 

New tech to watch: three products improving lung transplants, seizure prevention, nanoprobing

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Commercializing graduate research into market-ready products
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Tyler Irving

Watching a lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital five years ago, alumnus Geoff Frost noticed a problem: keeping lungs alive outside the body requires large, cumbersome machinery that monopolizes hospital space.

“It takes up an entire operating room,” says Frost, an alumnus from both U of T's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

U of T alumni startup Atomwise raises $6 million to leverage artificial intelligence for drug discovery

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Developed through Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator and U of T’s Impact Centre
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Scott McAuley and Brianna Goldberg
 
Atomwise, an alumni startup harnessing artificial intelligence for drug discovery in diseases ranging from malaria to multiple sclerosis, has raised US$6 million in seed funding.
 

How to build a startup that succeeds: 6 tips from DemoCamp at U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab

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Advice from the investors, founders and experts at the annual startup showcase
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Brianna Goldberg
 
Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry analysts from across the country gathered at the University of Toronto May 12 for the DemoCamp showcase hosted by Creative Destruction Lab. 
 
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