Innovators & Entrepreneurs

U of T start-up accelerators

The University of Toronto is home to nine campus start-up accelerators.

The Hatchery (Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) and Health Innovation Hub (H2i, Faculty of Medicine) are the two primary hubs helping IBBME students bring their research and ideas to life.

IBBME entrepreneur & innovator profiles

As part of IBBME’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013, we are proud to present profiles of our faculty and alumni who have made an impact on human health with their inventions, innovations and leadership.

Inventions & Innovations

The Low-Cost Prosthetic Knee: Mobility for Everyone
Jan Andrysek, Assistant Professor & Scientist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

The Virtual Music Instrument: Music for People of All Abilities
Tom Chau, Professor, Vice-President & Director of Research, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Umbilical Cord Tissue: Bank On It
John E. Davies, Professor

Creating breakthrough biomedical devices through novel molecule applications
Jeanette Ho, Alumna & Vice-President, Operations, Interface Biologics

Enlightened Innovation: Invention of the Dual-Balloon Barostat
Sam Jundler, Alumnus & Founder, G & J Electronics

Intelligent, affordable rehab robot to help stroke patients
Alex Mihailidis, Associate Professor & Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), University Health Network

Filling in the Gaps with the AggreWell
Mark Ungrin, Research Associate & Fellow, McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network


Fire in the Belly
Sonia Bot—Alumna and Entrepreneurship Strategist

Keeping the Knives Sharp
Lorne Chi—Alumnus & Disease Fighter

Ultrasound Technology and Biomedical Engineering Leader
Richard Cobbold—Professor Emeritus & Director (1974–1983)

Interim Years of Growth: 2005-2008
Ross Ethier and Christopher Yip

Growing a Future Market
Rohin Iyer—Alumnus & Senior Scientist, Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics Inc.

Engineering for Rapid Translation
Jeffrey Karp—Alumnus & Associate Professor, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“We were leaders”
Hans Kunov—Professor Emeritus & Director (1989-1999)

There’s Always a Way
Michael May—Alumnus & CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)

The Visionary
Norman F. Moody—Professor Emeritus & Founding Director

Scaffolds to the Future
J. Paul Santerre—Professor & Director (2008-2013)

Advancing Collaborative Vision
Michael V. Sefton—University Professor & IBBME Director (1999-2005)

Bringing Medical E-Record Keeping to Canada
Donald Studney—Alumnus & Medical e-Records Pioneer

Bringing Medical Devices to Market
Harold Wodlinger—Alumnus and Medical Devices Commercialization Expert

Greater than the Sum of His Parts
Walter Zingg—IBBME Director, 1983–1988