Life sciences and healthcare practice

Life sciences and healthcare at MaRS

We provide business advisory services to emerging Ontario-based companies that are developing innovative therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, health IT platforms, research tools and enabling technologies.


Our mandate is to:

  • equip innovators with the knowledge and tools they need to grow their businesses; and
  • develop programs and initiatives that open up new markets for clients to succeed.


  • MaRS EXCITEMaRS Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation (EXCITE) is a groundbreaking partnership created to help health technology developers expedite the licensing and reimbursement process. EXCITE will harmonize health technology evaluation into a single, pre-market, evidence-based evaluation process for technologies with disruptive potential and specific relevance to health system priorities.
  • MaRS HealthKick 2014As Canada’s largest healthcare venture showcase, this inaugural event will see up to 60 of Ontario’s most innovative and investment-ready healthcare ventures pitch to potential investors and partners in just one day.
  • MaRS Future of MedicineThrough a monthly speaker series and yearly conference, MaRS Future of Medicine focuses on accelerating the development and commercialization of drugs and devices. In over four years, more than 60 speakers have presented on a variety of groundbreaking topics.


Our panel of 20+ experienced industry advisors helps clients quickly make measurable progress with their commercialization efforts. We look forward to working with you! Clients come to MaRS from a range of backgrounds. To be eligible for our free services, client companies must:

  • own an innovative technology product supported by intellectual property;
  • be owned and operated in Ontario; and
  • have raised less than $3 million since inception.


What kinds of support can clients receive?

MaRS advisors provide strategic business advice based on years of industry experience. Along with market intelligence data and the vast suite of entrepreneurship education programs, clients gain access to resources that help them strengthen their businesses.

What can you expect as a MaRS client?

The following diagram shows the typical development trajectory of a MaRS client from start to finish (click to see full image):

Advisory services development path

Are you an industry member? 

Industry members come to MaRS to source new opportunities, provide mentorship for startups or sponsor MaRS events. We have facilitated client showcases for GE, Cisco, Telus Health, Amgen Canada, several venture capital funds, and more. The MaRS Future of Medicine series is an example of an initiative that has been a great success as a result of industry partnerships. Contact us if you are looking for partnership information.

Investor email list

Are you an investor in the life sciences, medical devices or health IT sectors?
Contact us to be added to our Angel Investors mailing list.

Core team

How we can help you

  • Business planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Financing and funding strategy
  • Human resources
  • Financial management, accounting, tax
  • Legal and intellectual property
  • Product development and marketing
  • Operations and manufacturing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Strategic partnerships

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Life sciences & healthcare news

Featured innovator

“Without MaRS, InDanio Bioscience would be years behind in terms of progress and value. MaRS provided the means, motivation, connections and confidence required to move ahead. There are no other entities that provide this level of early-stage assistance to researchers such as ourselves.”
- Dr. Henry Krause, Professor
Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, University of Toronto

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By the numbers

To see a snapshot of the life sciences and healthcare practice, including capital raised and new jobs created by our ventures, as well as client revenue, check out this infographic:

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