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CRAFT Advances Life Sciences in Toronto

Toronto’s new National Innovation Hub Targets Life Sciences

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of Toronto (U of T) celebrated the opening of the Centre for Research and Application in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT), a national innovation hub for in vitro diagnostics, regenerative medicine and precision medicine.

North America’s second largest Life Sciences cluster, Toronto, with some 37 research institutes and nine teaching hospitals, has long been a centre of innovation in medical research, biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other medical and life sciences. Strong collaboration is in the region’s DNA. 

 "Close collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada and partners, such as universities, organization and other government departments, in common research areas will advance knowledge and support Canada’s regional and national economies,” notes Iain Stewart, the president of the National Research Council of Canada.

Discoveries and advances at CRAFT will lead to scientific publications, patents, and the commercialization of advanced health technology. This new collaboration will also assist Canadian medical devices and manufacturing industries, making them more competitive internationally. Projects at CRAFT will apply microfluidic technologies to tackle:

  • in vitro diagnostics – the rapid diagnosis of diseases using clinical samples (blood, urine, etc.), shrinking what now takes entire medical laboratories onto one small chip
  • organ-on-a-chip engineering – re-creating the physiology of entire human organs on small devices to test the precise physiological responses of organs to medicines, for research and for personalized medicine
  • bioprinting – printing biological tissues for personalized regenerative medicine

Projects at the Centre for Research and Application in Fluidic Technologies will be managed by more than 25 University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university, which is ranked amongst the world’s top 25 post-secondary institutions.

Toronto skyline

Toronto, which will play host to MedTech in 2020 is globally recognized as a smart place for conferences in Life Sciences to convene.  Culturally diverse and welcoming, with a network of 22,000 medical-related professionals and more than 30 medical and related research centres, the city offers a wealth of intellectual capital and local champions to help enhance conference agendas, grow association memberships, and spotlight ground-breaking research studies. With a variety of convention centres, hotels in every price point and a wealth of activities to experience before, after, or in-between conference sessions, it’s no wonder then, the city consistently ranks amongst the top destinations in North America to host a conference.

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