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Five startups to watch from U of T Engineering’s virtual Hatchery Demo Day 2021

September 24, 2021 | From crowdsourcing new treatments for rare diseases to catalyzing the work of urban planners, five worthy ideas are one step closer to commercial viability after Hatchery Demo Day 2021, held virtually throughout the week of September 13 – 17, 2021. A total of 17 teams competed in the Hatchery NEST process, an experiential learning opportunity that instills and nurtures an entrepreneurial mindset in participating U of T students and faculty.

Portrait of Craig Simmons

Dr. Craig Simmons named BMES Fellow of 2021

September 24, 2021 | Professor Craig Simmons was inducted as a Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) fellow among 19 other internationally recognized scientists and engineers. As a BMES fellow, Dr. Simmons was recognized internationally for his innovative and wide-ranging contributions to both fundamental science and practical applications in the field of mechanobiology.

Daniel Franklin assumes key role as Ted Rogers Chair in Cardiovascular Engineering

September 15, 2021 | Daniel Franklin, a rising star in the field of wearable sensors and implantable medical devices, has been appointed the first-ever Ted Rogers Chair in Cardiovascular Engineering.

Events, talks, and bulletin board

Stay informed about events hosted by BME and our affiliated organizations

Seminar Series- Joseph Wu @ Online
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Title: Stem Cells and Genomics for Precision Medicine Presenter: Joseph Wu Host: Daniel Franklin Date: October 12, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Meeting Link: Abstract:  Heart disease is the most significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world. Recent technological advancement has enabled the generation of patient-specific and disease-specific human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) in vitro. These iPSC-CMs carry all the genetic information from the individuals from whom they are derived. Here I will discuss recent advances in this technology and how it may be used for elucidating mechanisms of rare inherited cardiovascular diseases, for drug discovery, and for precision medicine. 
CARTE Student Orientation Meeting: Oct 13th, 12-1 pm @ Online
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

CARTE Student Orientation Meeting: Oct 13th, 12-1 pm

Please join us for an interactive virtual event to learn more the various services that the []Centre for Analytics and Artificial Engineering (CARTE) offers to students, including research drop-in clinics, matching students with research project opportunities and MITACS internships, industry speaker seminars, conference de-brief session, and generally facilitating a student community of practice around Analytics/AI/ML. You will hear from a few fellow students who have worked in various capacities with CARTE, and also get a chance to interact with CARTE leadership and other students in a fun event, ask all your questions, and provide your suggestions. To sign up for the orientation event, please fill out this form.


Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us October 14, 2021 for ECHO PITCH, a special event where five top cardiovascular health start-ups compete for funding from a $250,000 pool in front of a panel of judges and a virtual audience.

These five finalists have been selected from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research’s Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO) program, where they received 12 months of hands-on entrepreneurship training and mentorship.


  • What: ECHO PITCH 2021
  • When: Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • RegistrationClick here to register


ECHO PITCH will feature five pitches at 20 minutes each followed by a keynote speaker and concluding with the funding award announcement.

Time Details
Dr. Mansoor Husain
Executive Director, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Dr. Soror Sharifpoor
Director-Strategy & Translation, Translational Biology and Engineering Program, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Pitch-1: Cardian Diagnostics
Pitch-2: KardioLabsAI
Pitch-3: MetabolIQ
Pitch-4: Nurenxy
Pitch-5: TissueCraft
3:10 – 3:50 PM FIRESIDE CHAT
Dr. Mansoor Husain
Executive Director, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research


ECHO PITCH 2021 will feature a special intimate session with a global health tech leader — stay tuned for more details!


Congratulations to the five companies that participated in our 2021 ECHO program and made it to this final stage. They are:

ECHO Venture Value Proposition
Cardian Diagnostics logo Cardian Diagnostics offers the first at-home screen for heart failure patients, providing them with a non-invasive, saliva-based monitoring and empowering patients to take control of their heart condition for a healthier and longer life.
KardioLabsAI logo For Radiologist and Cardiologist who are constrained with Limited capacity, varied inter observer agreement and inefficient diagnostic capability in their practice, KardioLabsAI has developed an AI based medical diagnostic product that helps doctors augment the human performance and decision-making capacity. This will improve the outcome of patients through better diagnosis, fewer errors and significant time savings and create more productive patient – doctor interactions.
metaboliQ logo MetabolIQ has developed a defined medium formulation that advances stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte functional maturity beyond any existing solution, in multiple culture formats, and for multiple applications in science and industry.
nurenyx logo Nurenyx provides cardiovascular decentralized clinical trial tools for investigators (i.e. industry and academia) to reduce drop out rates & high clinical trials costs through immersive gamified learning experiences and the automation of repetitive administrative tasks.
TissueCraft logo For scientists developing therapeutics to treat heart disease, and who suffer from a lack of consistent and physiologically relevant test models, TissueCraft offers a patented engineered human heart tissue screening platform to accurately accelerate predictions related to cardiac drug discovery, cardiotoxicity, and the development of cell-based therapies.


Eric Hixon

Eric Hixon

General Partner and Board Member, Gideon Hixon Fund

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Jacki Jenuth

Jacki Jenuth, PhD

Partner, Lumira Ventures

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Heather Ross

Heather Ross, MD, MHSc, FRCP(C), FACC, FCCS

Loretta A. Rogers Chair in Heart Function
Pfizer Chair in Cardiovascular Research
Site Lead, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Head, Division of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Seminar Series-Warren Grayson @ Online
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Title: TBA

Presenter: Warren Grayson

Host: Penney Gilbert

Date: November 9, 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Meeting Link:


Abstract:  TBA

Seminar Series- Kip Ludwig @ Online
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Title: TBA

Presenter: Kip Ludwig

Host:  Kei Masani

Date: December 14, 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Meeting Link:


Abstract:  TBA

Seminar Series- Amy Keating @ Online
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Title: TBA

Presenter: Amy Keating

Host: Michael Garton

Date: January 11, 2022

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Meeting Link:


Abstract:  TBA


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BME’s clinical engineers design technologies, devices and strategies for people with chronic disease, traumatic injury, disabilities and mobility limitations to help them integrate more fully with their environment.

Cell & Tissue

Research that has the potential to change how we think about disease and aging is happening at BME. Regenerative medicine uses stem cells and biomaterials to repair, replace or regenerate damaged tissue, organ structures and function.


BME researchers are advancing disease detection, customizing drug delivery and improving health-care outcomes with faster and more precise technologies and systems.

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