The first “needs-first” graduate program in Canada, at the University of Waterloo, in which trainees learn to directly interact with end-users and stakeholders in the patient, medical, biotechnology industry communities to co-discover technology problems and solutions. Program's long-term objective is to produce high-quality personnel capable of thriving in a biomedical technology career. 

Trainees will gain skills in the process of innovation through internships and the development of their own research project; gaining hands-on experiences identifying needs gaps and developing biotechnology-based solutions. 

Contact us if you are interested in joining the CREATE program or to explore collaboration opportunities.

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The minimum training requirements for trainees are summarized below.  Each trainee must complete a minimum of 7 hours of combined training per term to remain in the program.

Types of Training/Modules UG MASc PhD
Module 1: Start-up A mandatory module within the first term of joining the program.  Approximately 7-hour commitment.
  • Program Overview
  • Entrance Questionnaire (Link)
  • Literature Review Quiz
  • Biodesign Quiz
  • TCPS II certificate
Module 2: Design Training Minimum of 21 hours
  • Needs Finding and Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Concept Evaluation and Refinement

Module 3: Biomedical Commercialization 

Minimum of 14 hrs (2/4 courses) Minimum of 28 hrs (4/4 courses)
  • Regulatory Aspects and Standards
  • Biomedical Ethics and Clinical Evaluations
  • Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
  • Innovation and Challenges in Biomedical Technologies
Module 4: Professional Skills Minimum of 7 hours
  • Writing and Communications
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Career Development

Additional Training:

  • Technical Skills
  • Opportunities
1 Published Research Paper 3 Published Research Papers
  • Mobility - Conference, Internship, Exchange

CBBNSERC CREATEThe CREATE Program is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). CREATE grants support the training of teams of highly qualified students through innovative training programs.