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Toronto holds the Collision tech conference in the wake of increasing global recognition for U of T startups.

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A biomedical company with a drug discovery platform that is used by 16 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world. A quantum computing startup that recently outperformed the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The World Economic Forum praised a genomics company whose cloud-based software enabled greater data exchange and analysis throughout the pandemic.

BenchSci, Xanadu Quantum Technologies, and DNAstack are just three of the local tech businesses that have contributed to the University of Toronto’s position as Canada’s top engine for research-based startups, as well as a tech boom that has brought talent and investment to the Toronto area.

This week, the spotlight will be shining brightly on Toronto’s innovation scene as the city holds Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference. The in-person event, which has been held virtually for the previous two years owing to COVID-19, is projected to draw more than 35,000 attendees, including startup founders, business leaders, investors, scientists, journalists, and celebrities. This is a 40% increase over the last time the event was held in Toronto.

The conference will feature a number of U of T pioneers. Liran Belenzon, CEO of BenchSci, which he co-founded with three other U of T alumni in 2015 with backing from the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), and Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab.Read more about this at

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