Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital to open new collaborative research centre

November 8, 2013

Neighbours Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have announced a 20-year partnership to open a new Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBest). A key part of the initiative will be the creation of a 22,000-square-foot home in St. Michael’s Keenan Research Centre for approximately 15 Ryerson faculty members and 40 Ryerson students involved in ongoing health care research. The space will also include a 2,000-square-foot “incubator” that will specialize in the development and commercialization of innovative biomechanical products to care for and treat patients, similar to Ryerson’s successful Digital Media Zone. A new connection to the hospital via a bridge over the institutions’ common street will also allow researchers to apply their discoveries to patient needs in what is called “bench-to-bedside” research. Construction is expected to start next spring, with move-in spring 2015. Ryerson News Release