Faculty of Medicine

Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine

The discovery of insulin


In the News

"Advancing Our Innovation Agenda" - Richard Hegele, Vice Dean, Research & Innovation, Faculty of Medicine

Researchers from U of T, affiliated hospitals form research consortium to study risks and benefits of cannabis

We're really close': U of T expert on Toronto becoming a leading health innovation hub

Celebrating U of T health innovation

Innovation Opportunities


LAB150 is a drug development collaboration between MaRS Innovation and Evotec AG developed to accelerate Toronto’s academic research into market-ready products. With a combined multi-million dollar financial commitment by MaRS Innovation and Evotec AG, this newly formed partnership accelerates the development and commercialization of your drug discovery research programs and technologies with award amounts of $75k to $400k. For more information and to submit an application to LAB150, visit: www.lab150.com

Explore partnering with Sanofi Pasteur 

Development and production of human vaccines, both prophylactic and therapeutic, including vaccines for chronic infectious diseases. Interest list here.

Science2Startup: Call for Proposals, an Event to Foster Therapeutic Startups co-organized by Atlas / F-prime / OUP / RA Capital

S2S invites the therapeutics-focused researchers  to submit one-page proposals on our website, www.science2startup.com by November 1, 2019. Selected applicants will be requested to submit a small powerpoint presentation from which 10-15 final presenters will be chosen by S2S’ senior advisors. Participating researchers will benefit from a mentorship program that will connect them with experienced investors and startup advisors who will help refine their company strategy and presentation prior to the event. Investigators from 40+ universities have presented their startup ideas at prior events, resulting in 13 companies receiving nearly $100 million in funding to date.


The premier life science incubator empowering and enabling innovators to deliver life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to people around the globe.

New resources for U of T Inventors and Entrepreneurs! 

The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) is pleased to provide two new resources for faculty, researchers, and students interested in commercializing research or starting a company: The Inventor's Guide to Technology Transfer and the Start-Up Guide. These guides provide practical information on: When and how to disclose an invention; Protecting intellectual property; Navigating U of T policies and conflict of interest; Getting funding; and Bringing the technology to market. If you or your department have any questions or would like to host a workshop to learn more, contact commercialization@utoronto.ca.

Health Innovation Hub (H2i)

H2i was established to create a culture and infrastructure that aligns, connects, serves and facilitates student driven translation of discoveries and ideas into problem-solving designs that impact positively on health matters. This mission of H2i is to enable, collaborate, educate, and facilitate student initiated commercialization of health matters.

H2i in the news: 

UofT True Blue Expo 2019: Two H2i companies, Cohesys and Nanology Labs, win first place in two categories. Congratulations!

Drug Development

Centre for Collaborative Drug Research

A multidisciplinary initiative bringing together the Faculty of Medicine, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the CCDR is designed to spur networking, collaboration and innovation in drug research. The CCDR is actively involved in developing new models for collaboration and innovation with the pharmaceutical industry and other partners. The Centre’s initial areas of research focus include: New Targets in Neuroscience, Natural Products in Health & Disease, Pharmacogenomics & Drug Safety, and New Approaches to Anti-infective Therapy. 

Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Many new and potentially life-changing RM-based treatments never reach patients because they are not successfully moved from the laboratory to a stage where they can be used in medicine. In order to fulfill RM’s promise to treat the many diseases affecting our population, a world-renowned group of stem cell scientists and bioengineers have come together to form CCRM. CCRM’s mission is to generate sustainable health and economic benefits through global collaboration in cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine. 

Centre for Commercialization in Antibodies and Biologics

CCAB translates early stage biologics into high-value assets and products. Partners can access a robust portfolio of validated antibodies and biologics, powered by the University of Toronto’s antibody discovery engine, the Toronto Recombinant Antibody Centre (TRAC). From discovery and development to validation and licensing, CCAB reduces the time, risk, and costs associated with bringing new antibodies to market.


Translational Biology and Engineering Program

TBEP is the University of Toronto’s component of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR). Occupying the 14th floor of MaRS Discovery District’s West Tower, TBEP brings together eight faculty members and their students from U of T Dentistry, Engineering and Medicine to advance heart research, diagnostics, and regeneration using a comprehensive approach that includes systems and developmental biology, technology innovation and clinical translation.

Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

IBBME researchers collaborate across the disciplines of engineering, medicine and dentistry to develop innovative solutions for the most pressing health-care challenges in the world. Learn about their four research themes in biomedical and clinical engineering that are shaping the next frontiers in human health.


Innovation Partners and Resources