How KASTx Founding Partner Gord Anderson is Working to Change the Financial Landscape for Indigenous Communities

In honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day, we wanted to highlight the work one of our Founding Partners, Gord Anderson, is doing with Indigenous communities across Canada. Anderson is a leader beyond KASTx Ventures and his passion and expertise informs our work in health communities and our portfolio companies.  As an expert with over 30 years of experience in finance and over 15 years working with Indigenous communities, Anderson’s career has spanned many different Read more…

KASTx Ventures Scientist Receives BioAlberta’s Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award

KASTx Ventures celebrates the announcement today that Dr. Toshifumi Yokota has been selected for BioAlberta’s Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award. The award celebrates teams or individuals responsible for breakthrough innovations with commercial applications, and Dr. Yokota was one of two winners.   Dr. Yokota was selected based on his seminal discoveries in antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) and gapmer therapies for muscular dystrophies like Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). KASTx founding partner Dr. Lawrence Read more…

The Calgary Herald’s David Parker: Meet the people behind KASTx Ventures

A Calgary-based firm is partnering with start-up companies with a shared vision to have a positive and sustainable impact globally, focused today in the areas of health, technology and environmental sustainability. Mark Starratt, co-founder and managing partner of KASTx Ventures, says there are many brilliant scientists, passionate about bettering the lives of humanity worldwide, who do not have the experience, marketing know-how and contacts to commercialize their products. Click here to read the full article Read more…

Two KASTx Ventures Portfolio Companies Join Plug and Play Alberta’s First Accelerator Program

Two of KASTx Ventures’ portfolio companies have been selected to join global tech investor Plug and Play Alberta’s prestigious digital health accelerator program, the first of its kind at the newly built Alberta offices. Lumiio, a company specializing in developing digital health programs for the purposes of improving health outcomes for communities around the world, was one of the companies chosen for the 12-week program. Raft Digital Therapeutics, the second KASTx portfolio company chosen, is Read more…

Lumiio and MitoCanada Launch Patient Registry for Mitochondrial Diseases

Lumiio recently announced in partnership with MitoCanada, the launch of a new patient registry for mitochondrial diseases. The registry will allow for centralized data collection from patients and their families. Providing this data to health communities and their stakeholders will allow for expedited drug discovery, faster diagnoses and ultimately deeper insights to help improve quality of life for patients.   There are over 300 known diseases associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, with an estimated 1 in 4,000 people worldwide are affected. None of these diseases presently have a cure, so Read more…

KASTx Ventures: A 2021 Year in Review

This past year at KASTx Ventures has had many important opportunities and unique challenges for our organization, portfolio companies, and community members. Thank you to everyone who has followed along on our journey as we work to bring impactful innovations to the world. We truly feel this last year has set a strong foundation for us and our portfolio companies, and we are excited for what we have planned for the new year. To celebrate Read more…

Pure Life Carbon Completes Successful $13 Million Capital Raise

Pure Life Carbon (PLC), an advanced carbon growing medium producer and KASTx Ventures portfolio company, has recently completed a successful capital raise of $13 million, laying a strong foundation for future growth and expansion.   The funds have allowed the company to start building out their production facility in Red Deer, AB to help meet the growing demand for their products from clients globally.   KASTx Ventures is proud to support this exciting period of growth for the company, both as advisors and operationally.   To read the full press release, click Read more…

Lumiio Announces Official SOC2 Compliance (Type 1)

Lumiio, KASTx Ventures’ cornerstone digital health and data collection company, has announced their successful System and Organization Controls (SOC2) Type 1 compliance. This rigorous auditing assessment is the first in a two-step process for the company to receive full SOC2 accreditation. Receiving this first certification is a step towards demonstrating the first-class data protection and cybersecurity practices company follows.   The next step is Type 2 accreditation and will involve the auditors monitoring Lumiio’s security procedures over a course of months. Achieving Type 1 demonstrates the company is compliant with Read more…

Meet Our New Director, Operations: Christian Idicula

KASTx Ventures is pleased to announce Christian Idicula has joined our team as Director, Operations. For Christian, his career path has been anything but straight, because he has always been most driven by his core values and passion for learning and growth.  “Most people tend to pursue just one, maybe two things in their career. That hasn’t really been me,” he said. “For me, the ideas of leadership and building have always been the backdrop of my choices. It has always been about looking at how the role expands my knowledge and skill Read more…