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Global Pandemic Nexus is Coming to MIP

n the hopes of averting future pandemics, Hamilton’s McMaster University is connecting a number of its top infectious disease clinicians and researchers worldwide to prevent global health threats like antimicrobial resistance. The goal of the Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats is to ensure Canada and the world are better able…

September 2, 2020 | Alex Muggah

Bayer and Northpond Ventures Lead USD $55 Million Series A Financing Round for Triumvira Immunologics

Triumvira Immunologics Inc. (“Triumvira”), a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing a novel platform for engineering T-cells to attack cancers, successfully completed a USD $55 million Series A financing round. The financing was co-led by Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment unit of Bayer AG, and Northpond Ventures.…

August 27, 2020 | Alex Muggah

Fusion Pharmaceuticals increases IPO offering to US$230-million amid strong investor demand

Hamilton’s Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has increased its planned initial public offering on the Nasdaq by half and now hopes to raise up to US$230-million, the biotechnology developer said late Wednesday. The cancer drug developer filed Monday to go public, laying out plans to sell 8.35 million shares at US$14 to US$16 apiece, plus an…

June 24, 2020 | Alex Muggah

Philadelphia gene therapy developer, backed by $250M, makes first acquisition, Hamilton’s Empirica Therapeutics

Century Therapeutics today announced its acquisition of Empirica Therapeutics to leverage its iPSC-derived allogeneic cell therapies against glioblastoma (GBM). “We are pleased to welcome the Empirica team to the Century family. Their deep expertise and unique capabilities will allow us to accelerate efforts to develop iPSC derived immune…

June 23, 2020 | Alex Muggah

McMaster University testing new tech at Westdale Smart Home to help seniors live on their own

It doesn’t look that different from the other houses on Whitton Road in Westdale. Two-and-a-half storeys. A bay window. Some mock Tudor stylings. You might think a young family or a bunch of students live there. The smart home is part of a larger research effort by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), […]

March 2, 2020 | Alex Muggah

Triumvira Immunologics Announces Fast Track Designation for Its First TAC T-Cell Therapeutic Product Candidate: TAC01-CD19

Triumvira Immunologics, Inc. (Triumvira), a Hamilton-based private, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel platform for engineering T-cells to attack cancers, today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for its novel T-cell therapy product TAC01-CD19 in patients…

November 7, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Bay Area Health Trust Invests in Hamilton Based Medical Device Company Mariner Endosurgery

Contributing to the latest round of Mariner Endosurgery, Bay Area Health Trust shows strategic support for local health care businesses and ecosystem. HAMILTON, Ontario — Bay Area Health Trust (, a Hamilton, Ontario based company that operates life science businesses with the goal of returning value to its…

October 17, 2019 | Alex Muggah

VoxNeuro to Receive $249k in Innovation Support From the Government of Canada

VoxNeuro is excited to announce that the company will receive up to CA$249,000 in research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). Obtaining NRC IRAP funding not only serves as recognition for VoxNeuro’s focus on innovation, but will serve as a catalyst for the…

September 27, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Five McMaster Faculty take Highest Honour in Canadian Health Sciences

Five professors of the Faculty of Health Sciences have been elected fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, considered one of the highest honours for members of the country’s health sciences community. Click here for the full article They have all been chosen through peer review for their demonstrated leadership, creativity,…

September 20, 2019 | Alex Muggah