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New innovation centre combines expertise in robotics and minimally invasive surgery


Hamilton, ON – A new Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSII), a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR), has been established in Hamilton by the federal government.

The CSII will develop and commercialize a new class of robotic platforms for targeted, less invasive surgical and medical interventions. The centre will combine Canada’s leadership in the field of robotics (developed by MDA for space exploration) with McMaster’s University’s expertise in minimally invasive surgery and surgical robotic interventions to develop a viable new biotech industry. Centre director is Dr Mehran Anvari, director, McMaster Institute of Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education.

The CECR program brings together partners from the academic, private and public sectors to advance research and facilitate commercialization of technologies, products and services. The CSII will receive $14.8 million over five years.