The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) – a partnership between the University of Toronto and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) – has launched a new research facility on U of T’s St. George campus.
The Device Foundry will bring together researchers, clinicians, entrepreneurs and industry collaborators with a goal of advancing micro-nano fluidic device fabrication. Housing equipment to support large-scale production of biomedical devices, the facility has the capability to quickly commercialize new technologies in health care.
“The opening of the new Device Foundry marks a huge milestone for CRAFT,” said Axel Guenther, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the co-director of CRAFT.
“Many individuals from U of T and the NRC came together to make this unique space a reality. With the launch of this open-research facility, we are now well positioned to advance the field of microfluidics and serve as a hub for collaborations that will bring innovative technologies to the health-care community.”
Iain Stewart, president of NRC, toured the new facility this week with senior U of T leaders and researchers, stopping to visit the Device Foundry’s lithography cleanroom, fabrication room and the 3D printing station.
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