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Minister Tassi recognizes life science innovation milestones with visit to Innovation Factory

Minister Filomena Tassi and MP Lisa Hepfner connect with successful SOPHIE life science recipients about their commercialization projects

Hamilton region’s life science and health tech community driving economic prosperity HAMILTON, ON – November 8, 2022 – Yesterday, Innovation Factory welcomed the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister Responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The Minister toured the business accelerator, and met with emerging life science tech companies driving innovation with […]

VoxNeuro closes $4 million to help diagnose concussions and Alzheimer’s diseases

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Josh Scott,, October 20, 2022 Backed by decades of research, VoxNeuro aims to bring objectivity to brain health assessments. Cognitive health assessments are something that a lot of people have experienced, whether you’re a professional athlete or weekend warrior who has suffered a potential brain injury, or an older person showing signs […]

Adapsyn Bioscience enters into strategic collaboration with Evotec

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE, PR Newswire, September 21, 2022 Adapsyn Bioscience Inc., a chemical bioinformatics company that discovers novel drug-like small molecules, today announced a strategic collaboration with Evotec SE (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, MDAX/TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809; NASDAQ: EVO). Under the collaboration, Evotec will have the opportunity to evaluate small molecules developed by Adapsyn as potential therapeutic […]

Hamilton’s premier life science pitch competition now accepting applicants

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Anthony Urciuoli,, October 21, 2022 Soon after handing out awards for this year’s Lions Lair pitch competition, Innovation Factory in Hamilton is now accepting applications for the 2023 Synapse Life Science Pitch Competition — now in its 10th year. As Hamilton continues to be a hotbed for life science and health research and innovation, this competition […]

Ontario’s Premier Life Science Competition Celebrates 10 Years of Health Innovation

Life Science Innovators networking at McMaster Innovation Park atrium

Applications are now open for this year’s cohort of innovative startups Hamilton – October 12, 2022 – Fresh off the heels of celebrating innovation at the recent LiONS LAIR pitch competition and gala event, Innovation Factory has turned its attention to the 2023 Synapse Life Science Pitch Competition, now in its 10th year.  Applications are […]

Koble Partners with Maple to Provide On-Demand Healthcare For Growing Canadian Families

Koble logo with text: Knowledge that nurtures

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE, Business Wire, October 12, 2022 Koble, a digital health and well-being platform for expecting and new parents, is pleased to announce today its partnership with Maple, a leading virtual care platform that provides on-demand access to healthcare providers. The collaboration is Koble’s largest partnership to date, and will expand access to digital healthcare […]

Three Startups Emerge as Big Winners at 12th Annual LiONS LAIR Awards Gala.

$50,000 Awarded as 300 Members of the Innovation Community Celebrate HAMILTON, ON – September 29, 2022 – Boardball Inc. was named the grand prize winner yesterday at Innovation Factory’s LiONS LAIR Gala, claiming top prize of $25,000. Celebrating its twelfth anniversary, the annual pitch competition drew over 300 attendees from the Hamilton region’s business and […]

Hyivy Health CEO, Rachel Bartholomew, shares her perspective on the rise of FemTech

FemTech Canada Roundtable meeting of women & LGBTQ2S+ founders discuss women's healthcare technologies

Original Article by Aileen Lalor, NUVO Magazine, September 23, 2022 A boom in technology for women is good for everyone. In 2014, Apple released its first Health app to much fanfare. It was designed to help people monitor things like weight, height, and sodium intake: “all of your metrics that you’re most interested in,” Apple […]

Lactiga Therapeutics Raises $1.6M USD in Oversubscribed Pre-Seed Round, Secures $350k in Research Grants

Original Press Release, Yahoo Finance, September 21, 2022 NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 21, 2022  — Lactiga Therapeutics, an early-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the quality of life of patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases, announced this week that it has oversubscribed its pre-seed financing, raising $1.6 million in new capital including over $350,000 in research […]

WOMEN IN TECH: Q&A With Swati Matta, Founder & CEO, Koble

Koble logo with text: Knowledge that nurtures

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Christine Persaud,, August 26, 2022 The latest candidate in our series of Q&As with influential women in the technology business in Canada is Swati Matta, Founder & CEO, Koble, a digital health app for expecting and new parents. Name: Swati Matta Job Title: Founder & CEO, Koble Years in the Industry: 13 Years The Quote […]

The many hurdles Life Sciences startups must overcome to commercialize

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Stefan Palios,, August 24, 2022 Alex Muggah has seen hundreds of life sciences and healthtech companies work to commercialize their innovations. As Director of the Synapse Life Science Consortium, a partnership of public- and private-sector institutions in Hamilton, Ontario and administrator of SOPHIE life sciences commercialization grants, Muggah likens his job to […]

Innovative Health Diagnostics and AIMA Laboratories Collaborate to Develop New, Revolutionary At-Home Test to Detect Endometriosis

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE, Nicole Estrin, Innovative Health Diagnostics, August 16, 2022 Both laboratories join forces to expand access to an important and reliable endometriosis blood test that can be self-administered anytime, anywhere Innovative Health Diagnostics (IHD), a CLIA- and FDA-certified lab that empowers every person by providing access to accurate, clinical testing, announced today a […]

McMaster prof working on cure for Type 1 diabetes

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, Ritika Dubey, The Hamilton Spectator, July 26, 2022 Q and A: Dr. Harald Stover and Allarta co-founder Maria Antonakos talk about new cell-based therapy, which alleviates need for insulin injections and immune-suppressive drugs. There’s no cure for Type 1 diabetes. But soon, courtesy of a Hamilton-based company, there could be one. Dr. Harald Stover, […]

Cosm Medical Raises $4.7 Million CAD for its Custom Gynecological Prosthetics

ORIGINAL ARTICLE – Betakit, April 4th, 202 Medtech startup Cosm Medical has secured $4.7 million CAD ($3.8 million USD) in an oversubscribed seed round to create custom medical devices for women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. The new funds will enable Cosm to further develop and launch its digital gynecology platform and gynecological prosthetics, which […]

Over $175,000 awarded in cash and prizes at ninth annual Synapse Life Science Competition

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Hamilton, ON — On March 23, 2022, nearly 200 people from the region’s thriving life science ecosystem, gathered virtually for the culminating Showcase event for Innovation Factory’s ninth annual Synapse Competition, Ontario’s premier life science pitch competition. Following an intense three-month training and commercialization program, 14 of Ontario’s innovative early stage life science companies unlocked […]

Mohawk MEDIC partners with TAMVOES to help patients track vital health information

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE – Mohawk College, March 10, 2022 Is your tetanus shot still up to date? Are you confident all your records are available to your current physician? How do you keep track of medical diagnoses, test results and prescriptions? The answer to all your medical questions will soon be a screen scroll away. Mohawk […]

The Goodness Wave With Jessica Lunshof of Tamvoes Health

RAW Podcast The Goodness Wave With Jessica Lunshof – February 16, 2022 LISTEN HERE Hi hi, Rad Active Women (RAW) On this episode of RAW Podcast, Sarah sits down with Jessica Lunshof. Jessica shares her wishes for other women and a ripple effect she would love to see out in the world for women. Jessica […]