$33-million biomedical research centre opens at innovation park (The Spec)

March 7, 2018

McMaster Innovation Park will be taking a big step forward Wednesday with the official opening of a $33-million biomedical research centre in partnership with a giant German applied research organization.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) goes to the heart of why the innovation park was established 12 years ago. It's goal is to find ways to commercialize applied science research, something that takes many years but can have huge payoffs in the end.

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$33-million biomedical research and advanced manufacturing facility opens in Hamilton (Global News)

March 7, 2018

Fraunhofer-McMaster project centre director, John Brennan, says the 20,000-square-foot space will allow researchers to develop new diagnostic tests and treatment for a wide range of diseases, and then prepare them for the marketplace.

"We need validation, we need clinical trials on medical devices, we need to understand how do we manufacture these,” he said. “BEAM (Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing) fills the gap between the early stage research that is developed at the university and the final products that an industry partner would sell.""

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McMaster opens $33M Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing research centre (McMaster)

March 7, 2018

The new $33-million Fraunhofer-McMaster Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) has opened its doors, bringing together the expertise of researchers from science, health sciences and engineering.

Located at the McMaster Innovation Park, the 20,000-square-foot facility is the result of a joint partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI), a world leader in manufacturing cell therapies, based in Leipzig, Germany.

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New McMaster research centre gets $12M federal support

July 26, 2016

When it's in full operation, BEAM is expected to create 74 jobs and support 35 business-academic collaborations aimed at getting new products and ideas into the market.

The centre is being developed in conjunction with Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, based in Leipzig. It is Europe's largest applied research organization, operating 67 institutes and research units in Germany with subsidiaries in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Its contribution to BEAM will be its long experience in commercializing medical discoveries.

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Fraunhofer Project Centre to open at McMaster Innovation Park

January 20, 2015

A delegation from Germany’s Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IZI, and the City of Leipzig, Germany, joined officials from the Province of Ontario, the City of Hamilton and McMaster University, to officially mark the partnership between the University and the German research institute.

Fraunhofer representatives were in Hamilton to meet with city, provincial and university officials to discuss the details of the partnership and the creation of BEAM – the Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing research facility – at McMaster Innovation Park.

With a focus on applied research and development in life sciences and biotechnology, BEAM researchers will tackle R&D issues in regenerative medicine, cell therapies and innovative diagnostics, through engineering and automation. More than 60 industry, government and university representatives attended a signing ceremony at the Art Gallery of Hamilton to celebrate the partnership.

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Province announces $4M for McMaster-Fraunhofer Project

April 14, 2014

Ontario is investing in the cell therapy and biomedical manufacturing industry to help create jobs, attract top talent and promote economic growth.

The province is contributing $4 million toward the McMaster-Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) in Hamilton. The joint project is anticipated to create up to 100 jobs and attract top scientists and industry researchers from around the world. It will also help establish Hamilton as a hub for Ontario’s life sciences sector.

"We are pleased to support McMaster University and Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in their collaboration to develop a project centre focused on the fast emerging cell therapies industry," said Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. "By investing in this initiative, we are helping to create jobs, attract top talent to the region and keep Ontario at the forefront of scientific discovery."

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