WinterLight Labs, a Toronto-based company co-founded by U of T computer scientists, is commercializing a speech-based platform for accurately detecting cognitive conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. WinterLight Labs recently closed the first tranche of $500,000 in seed-funding from Novatio Ventures, an early stage life sciences investment firm.
WinterLight Labs is co-founded by: Dr. Frank Rudzicz (photo far right), Research Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science; computer science alumnus Liam Kaufman (photo second from right) who has also been an instructor in the department, including its Innovation Lab; PhD graduate Katie Fraser (photo second from left); and MSc graduate Maria Yancheva (photo far left).
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“We’re very excited to announce the completion of this financing,” said Kaufman, CEO of WinterLight. “And we’re equally as excited to be working with the Novatio team. They have a great deal of expertise in the space, and are a fantastic partner for us as we commercialize our platform.”
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In 2017, WinterLight will also join Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS @ Toronto. JLABS @ Toronto is a 40,000 square-foot life science innovation centre. The labs provide a flexible environment for startup companies pursuing new technologies and research platforms to advance medical care.
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Since its founding, WinterLight Labs has seen strong interest from pharmaceutical companies and other potential partners who view the technology as a major improvement over current methods of detection or screening. The company has gained support from the pan-Canadian AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), the Ontario Brain Institute, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the University of Toronto Banting and Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which included support from U of T startup accelerators Creative Destruction Lab, the department's Innovation Lab (DCSIL) and the Health Innovation Hub.
For more information, visit www.winterlightlabs.com.