Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Featured in The New York Times, April 9, 2017

Deep Genomics, founded in 2014, has stayed in Canada, and its American-based venture backers encouraged it to remain in Toronto.

Brendan Frey, the chief executive, studied under Mr. Hinton at the University of Toronto, and he has spent years on research that combines deep-learning A.I. and cell biology. When he hires software engineers, he asks them to make multiyear commitments.

“There are a lot of distractions in the Bay Area,” said Mr. Frey, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto and a co-founder of the new Vector institute. “The hype is a little too hot down there. Besides, we have some of the best talent in the world here.”