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 email us

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. Feb. 12, 2018George Shaker's Student Entry to NSERC's Science, Action! Competition Qualifies for Top 75 in Canada

    Karly Smith, 3A biomedical engineering studen at UW and student of CBB member George Shaker, has qualified to the Top 75 in Canada for NSERC's Science, Action! Competition.

  2. Feb. 7, 2018Edith Law combining machine and human intelligence to create crowdEEG

    CBB member Edith Law is actively working on CrowdEEG, an innovative tool for medical time series data.

  3. Feb. 6, 2018Thomas Willett awarded $665,552 over four years from Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

    Thomas Willett, and co-applicants including Maud Gorbet and Alex El-Warrak, have been awarded $665,552 over four years from Canadian institutes of health Research (CIHR). The award was granted for their project titled "Bone-mimetic nanocomposite biomaterials for critically-sized skeletal defect reconstruction."

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  1. Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2018CBB Seed Funding programSeed Funding logo

    CBB's seed funding program has just launched!

  2. Mar. 2, 2018Biomedical Discussion Group

  3. Mar. 13, 2018UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series

    Series Information:

    • Tuesday January 16 - 12:30-2:30 pm – IP 101 and Commercialization 

    • Tuesday February 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – IP Case Study

    • Tuesday March 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Copyright and Software

    • Tuesday April 10 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Trademarks

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Student Ambassador Opening!

CBB is looking for a Student Ambassador for February 2018 - January 2019! More info here.