Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering & Entrepreneurship (TOeP)

IBBME professor Aaron Wheeler and his students in the microfluidics laboratory

The Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering & Entrepreneurship (TOeP) is designed to equip U of T students and post-doctoral fellows in microfluidics and related lab-grown human tissue research with applicable knowledge to accelerate their commercialization.

Funded by NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program, TOeP is led by Professor Milica Radisic in collaboration with 11 faculty members across the University of Toronto and at the University Health Network.

Program Objectives

TOeP aims to achieve the following over its duration:

  1. Provide world-class training of the highest scientific standard in microfabrication, microfluidics, polymer chemistry, organ-on-a-chip engineering and technology translation.
  2. Provide training in intellectual property, law, business and finance, along with networking, etiquette, public speaking, pitching, teamwork, critical thinking and analysis soft skills essential for success.
  3. Develop a network of partners committed to TOeP, such as business advisors, patent lawyers, venture capital firms and incubators, to assist trainees in their entrepreneurial activities.

Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows who are conducting research under the direct supervision of TOeP faculty members are eligible for full participation in this program (see below for a listing of participating investigators).

Students enrolled in partner institutions and labs but not supervised by TOeP faculty members may be eligible to participate in limited programming.

TOeP Faculty Members

Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2017–2018 academic year.

For further information please email Carol Laschinger at toep.info@utoronto.ca.