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News archive - June 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

NSERC invests more than $1.49 million into Waterloo Science research

NSERC logo

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. That is why the Government continues to support the discovery research being done at Canadian universities to help build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

WIN member wins federal funding to develop rapid, portable test for COVID-19

virus under microscope

A WIN member has won $265,000 in federal backing to develop a palm-sized device capable of detecting COVID-19 infection within 30 minutes.

Carolyn Ren, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering and WIN Member, will lead the one-year project by a team that includes professors Emmanuel Ho (also a WIN member) of the School of Pharmacy at Waterloo and fellow WIN member and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Nanofellowship winner awarded prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Christian Ieritano

Last week, this year's Vanier Scholarship award winners were announced. Among the prestigious group was 2019 and 2020 Nanofellowship winner Christian Ieritano, one of three winners from UWaterloo.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Alumnus company wins backing for COVID testing kit

A biotechnology company co-founded by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus has been awarded almost $300,000 in government funding to develop a portable diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Nicoya, a Kitchener-based provider of advanced analytical instruments for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, grew out of a Capstone Design project by nanotechnology engineering student Ryan Denomme (BASc ’10, MASc ’12).

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Waterloo student partners with engineering alumni on at-home COVID-19 test

Covid 19 virus image

Serapis Labs develops prototype for a testing kit that is simple enough for anyone to use

By Alana Rigby and Brian Caldwell University of Waterloo

Monica Hoang had no idea earlier this year that she’d be spending the last few months of her PhD working on the design of a COVID-19 testing kit.

The School of Pharmacy student moved back to her hometown when the University of Waterloo decided to go online for the spring term and planned to do her PhD defence digitally.

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