Cycling and Toenail Fungus

ToeFX co-founder Dr Irit Van-Ham enjoys cycling….here she weighs in on the commonalities between cycling and toenail fungus. According to recent studies, some 6-20% of people worldwide suffer from fungal nail infections or onychomycosis. It’s even more common in seniors: it affects 50% of those over 70. This infection can have serious health implications. When the toenail (big toe) breaks off from the skin, bacteria can enter the wound, making the area more susceptible to infection. But what has cycling got to do with toenail fungus? Here are some common features: 1) It does not take a lot to grow:…

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ToeFX selected for the OBIO-CAAP 2021 cohort

We are excited at being selected to be in this year’s cohort of 2021 Capital Access Advisory Program from The Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization. Proud to be recognized as a high potential health science company and looking forward to continuing the momentum with many more innovative solutions. The Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO®) is proud to announce its 2021 Capital Access Advisory Program (CAAP®) and the high-potential health science companies in this year’s cohort.

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ToeFX wins Ontario’s premier life sciences competition


On March 24, ToeFX took home the grand prize in the Synapse Competition, Ontario’s premier life science pitch competition. The Synapse Competition is dedicated to fostering the commercialization of innovation in the life science sector. Delivered by Innovation Factory, in collaboration with the Synapse Consortium, the competition supports innovators, scientists and researchers to launch their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment, and create jobs. “The ToeFX team is delighted and proud to have been selected as the winner of the Synapse Life Science Competition 2021. This recognition will propel us forward as we strive to become the global standard…

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How a classified ad ended a thirty-year war with toenail fungus

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By: Dr. Monika Yazdanian. Ph.D. During ToeFX’s clinical trials I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people and listening to our patients’ stories. But Kerry stands out in many ways. Her positivity, smile, and bubbly mannerisms are contagious. She can brighten any room with her humour and spirit. Along with her contagious spirit unfortunately Kerry also had contagious toes - for over 3 decades she suffered from toenail fungus. Kerry’s story - her passion and energy - deserves to be heard. Recently, we had a chat with Kerry to learn more about her “glass half full” philosophy. . Here are some interesting sound bites. ToeFX: So…

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ToeFX wins BMO Celebrating Women Award

ToeFX Inc. is honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2020 Bank of Montreal’s Celebrating Women Grant Award.  Over 1000 companies were considered for the distinction in July 2020 and ToeFX was selected as one of the ten recipients. The 10 startups chosen were rewarded for their innovation and resilience with their businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We’re in very distinguished company,” said ToeFX CEO Dr Monika Yazdanian.  “Thank you to BMO for recognizing our work on the treatment of onychomycosis and the work of the other amazing companies who have persevered through 2020.”…

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ToeFX Blog: my top 3 outlandish toenail fungus “cures”

By: Dr. Irit Van-Ham, CTO, ToeFX After spending many years researching toenail fungus and looking for effective, innovative ways to treat onychomycosis, it amuses me to see ridiculous promises being made on the internet claiming to treat it with no scientific backup. Many of you might have seen the Academy award winning movie “The King’s Speech”, a 2010 British historical drama directed by Tom Hooper. One particularly memorable scene for me was when Prince Albert consults speech therapists and physicians about a cure for his stammer. One of the physicians prescribes smoking cigarettes as a remedy to relax the larynx….

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ClearToe Light Approved by Health Canada

ToeFX Inc. is delighted to announce it has received approval from Health Canada for its ClearToe Therapy Light, making it the only photodisinfection therapy approved by Health Canada for the treatment of onychomycosis.  The product is for sale online now on the website. “We are seeing huge patient demand for a safe, painless treatment. ToeFX is a gentle therapy based on the application of light. Earning these approvals means that clinicians can buy with confidence,” said Dr Irit Van-Ham, Chief Technology Officer of ToeFX Inc. “We are focused on creating an end-to-end solution for the treatment of this extremely…

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CTO Irit Van-Ham shortlisted for Women in IT Award

Irit Van Ham ToeFX CEO

The Women In IT Canada event celebrates talented high achievers in IT, bestowing significant awards for the industry, while paving the way for the future generation. ToeFX Inc. is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Irit Van-Ham has been shortlisted for the CTO of the Year category for 2019. The awards ceremony will take place on November 21, 2019. The Women in IT event is presented by Information Age and Bonhill Plc. Good luck Irit!

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ToeFX receives $30,000 research grant

ToeFX technology research

ToeFX received a Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  These grants help companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario’s industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Working with researchers at McMaster University, ToeFX has successfully concluded ex vivo trials of its photodisinfection product on the fungal strains that cause onychomycosis (toenail fungus).  Trials showed conclusively that the ToeFX protocol shows exceptional antifungal effects on human toenails.

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