New laser equipment at University of Alberta gives medical technology developers boost


In the world of precision medicine, really, really small is a really big deal.

That’s certainly the case for western Canadian entrepreneurs who have big ideas for tiny medical devices, thanks to a new investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) in a University of Alberta facility.

Medical device developers now have access to $1.5 million in new laser-based microfabrication equipment at Smart Technology (ST) Innovations, the non-profit business arm of the U of A’s SMART (Sensory Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology) Network.

The new equipment—known as a laser microfabrication suite—allows inventors to design and test prototypes for everything from medical implants to lab-on-a-chip technology in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional methods. 

“This new equipment allows us to expand our capabilities and the services that we provide, not only to university entrepreneurs but to local industry in Alberta and across…

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