CREATE Program Overview

Canada's biomedical devices industry employs 35 000 people, and is estimated to be worth $8 billion. Health technology is not just a rapidly expanding field, but also a Canadian research priority. In order to meet the growing demand for qualified experts in the Canadian Health Technology industry, the UW CREATE program was formed. 

UW CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) is the first specialized graduate training program where students learn to apply a needs driven perspective to biomedical technology design and entrepreneurship. The program is managed by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and is based on Stanford’s BioDesign Needs Finding process but with a uniquely Waterloo entrepreneurial touch. Students take additional modules in communication for interdisciplinary collaboration, regulatory procedures and standards, ethics, clinical evaluation and commercialization. All CREATE students engage deeply in a biomedical design research project that involves a clinical partner.




The 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.

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