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McMaster Awarded $22 Million to Establish “Biointerfaces Institute”

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The Department of Chemistry has again had major success in obtaining funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). In mid-June it was announced that CFI awarded ~$7.2 million to a project with a total budget of $22 million which will provide new infrastructure and technical support for the study of biointerfaces.

The new funding will allow the establishment of the Biointerfaces Institute, which has the goal of using high-throughput synthesis and screening technologies coupled with advanced surface characterization methods to provide a new understanding the nature of the biological/material interface, or biointerface. Researchers will study how biological systems respond to the introduction of synthetic materials, and conversely, how an engineered interface responds to, or is compatible with, a biological system. These studies will have an impact on a variety of areas, including biosensors, drug delivery, and implantable devices. Led by John Brennan, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry, this project involves researchers from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences. These include Fred Capretta (Chemistry), Michael Brook (Chemistry), Giuseppe Melacini (Chemistry/Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences), Yingfu Li (Chemistry/Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences), Cecile Fradin (Physics/Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences), Heather Sheardown, Robert Pelton, Raja Ghosh and John Brash, all from the Department of Chemical Engineering.

A complete list of projects funded by the CFI can be found at:

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals

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