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. Nov. 28, 2019Successful Health Canada regulatory insights workshop 2019 hosted by CBB
    Health Canada Regulatory Insights Workshop audience

    The Health Canada Regulatory Insights Workshop 2019 was held on November 15, 2019 and was attended by 120+ researchers, industry professionals and students. Hosted by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, this unique event was in response to a pressing need for clarity and information regarding Health Canada regulatory processes and evaluations. The event featured two guest speakers from Health Canada, a panel moderated by CBB member George Shaker, and networking opportunities with leading health industry professionals.

  2. Nov. 13, 2019George Shaker's team develop radars and AI for vital sign monitoring in cars

    George Shaker and his team's work using radars and AI for vital sign monitoring in cars to save children and pets from hot car deaths was featured on CNN.

    [read the full article]. 

  3. Oct. 31, 2019Canadian Haptics Interdisciplinary Community Initiative Fall Workshop
    Haptics Canada inaugural meeting

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  1. Jan. 28, 2020Data Driven Biomedical Applications of AI
    Faculty Networking Events

    Data Driven Biomedical Applications of AI

    Events are open to industry, faculty and post docs - please register to attend to ensure there is enough pizza for everyone!

    The goals of the events are to: 

    • Connect researchers to promote interdisciplinary research team building and be proactive for major grant opportunities.
    • Provide a venue to highlight Waterloo’s research and understand the challenges faced and being pursued by industry.

    How can AI can be used to support patient care and system improvements?

    Theme applications include:

    • Intelligent telemetry for improving monitoring and home care support for patients and families and healthcare providers
    • Natural language processing of medical records to identify probability of cancer recurrence
    • Personalized transfer learning
    • Computational models of emotional alignment between older adults with dementia, care partners, and technological assistants
    • Multi-sensor integration and IoT for community health

    Keynote speaker:

    • Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School

    University of Waterloo Speakers

    Industry Speakers

    Agenda and more details can be found on our Faculty Research Networking Events page.

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