Welcome to the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is a catalyst for advancing bioengineering and biotechnology research and innovation through industry collaborations and partnerships.  

More than 130 faculty members, from every faculty on campus, are actively engaged with the centre, working in collaboration to provide a resource of varying expertise.

Our mandate is to build healthy, active partnerships between centre researchers and corporate members through collaborative projects, mutual interest building, and networking events.

To learn more about partnerships, please visit our Become a Partner page. 

A Message from the Centre's Director

At the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, we have over 130 researchers working in areas as diverse as new pharmaceutical delivery systems, lab testing on technologies as small as a computer chip, better and lower cost imaging systems, and software solutions for healthcare.  Our researchers span all departments of the faculties of engineering and science, and includes researchers from other faculties as well. The common thread between researchers is a dedication to understanding how technology can work in conjunction with biology and people to make a better world.

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is focused on partnerships.  Success in this area requires strong partnerships between researchers, students, industry, healthcare and government. For this reason, the Centre welcomes members from these communities and encourages them to join the Centre and participate in our research.  We host industry focus days, seminars, workshops, student events, and help build the right teams to tackle the toughest problems.  Come join us, and work towards a better, healthier world through technology.

- Catherine Burns, Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology

  1. May 18, 2017 Technology aims to improve physiotherapy outcomes using sensors and machine learning

    Dana Kulić and researchers at the University of Waterloo have combined motion sensors with software programs so that people recovering from hip and knee replacements could see how well they were doing their rehabilitative exercises.

    Initial results show that the immediate visual feedback the new technology provides makes patients perform better during their physiotherapy appointments.

    [Waterloo News]

  2. May 12, 2017Don Cowan and coleague receive award of merit for volunteer-matching software

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus Don Cowan along with colleague and research associate Kyle Young received the Award of Merit from the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area, for developing volunteer-matching software that is used locally, provincially and nationally. 

    [Computer Science News]

  3. May 4, 2017Alex Wong featured in Canadian Business story on the evolution of AI

    Alex Wong featured in Canadian Business story on the evolution of AI

    Voice assistants and AI change the way we interact with technology, but what are the risks? Waterloo Engineering professor Alex Wong was interviewed about the continual evolution of AI and voice recognition…and how UW can play a part.

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