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

More than 150 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.

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  1. June 5, 2020New Executive Director of CBB Announcement: Congratulations Karim Karim!
    Karim S. Karim

    The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology along and the University of Waterloo Office of Research are pleased to announce that Professor Karim S. Karim has accepted the role of Executive Director for a term of five years, ending March 31, 2025.

  2. Apr. 16, 2020CBB members Roderick Slavcev, Emmanuel Ho and Marc Aucoin team up to develop DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine
    COVID-19 molecules

    Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

    The vaccine will work by using bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to replicate within bacteria already in the body and is being designed to target tissues in the nasal cavity and lower respiratory tract.

  3. Mar. 28, 2020PPE for infectious disease preparedness featured in research paper from 2016 relevant for response to COVID-19

    The current COVID-19 pandemic has been putting a strain on healthcare workers around the world. We often forget all the challenges that frontline healthcare professionals have to face, including the use of personal protective equipment. This paper from 2016 describes the evaluation during the ebola crisis, which has excellent recommendations for healthcare workers and managers around the world when dealing with COVID-19.

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  1. Sep. 30, 2020CBB CREATE presents: Innovation in Ontario’s Healthcare Facilities by Professor Brendan Wylie-Toal
    Innovation in Ontario’s Healthcare Facilities by Professor Brendan Wylie-Toal

    Brendan will discuss his research on the innovation processes of Grand River Hospital, Kids Ability, and Schlegel Villages as well as provide an introduction to the concept of open-innovation, specifically in healthcare.  

    He will also provide an overview of a Workplace Innovation Program that uses a similar innovation management model to CREATE. As part of that program, they use a needs “Needs Finding and Assessment” process to help teams identify the most valuable and viable opportunities for new products and services. 

  2. Oct. 7, 2020Predicting Wellness with an Algorithm and Application by Rohan Shanbhag of Achu Health
    Predicting Wellness with an Algorithm and Application by Rohan Shanbhag of Achu Health

    Rohan Shanbhag, VP of ML and AI Strategy, will be discussing how Achu Health has developed a personalized health and wellness platform driven by a proprietary machine learning algorithm on-device that uses passively collected biometric data from wearables to predict the onset of illness before symptoms appear.

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