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DidarLab researcher creates device to replicate conditions in blood vessels after grafts

In recent years, DidarLab collaborated with the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) to create a novel and highly promising platform to improve the success of vascular grafts. This revolutionary idea was an engineered non-stick surface combined with biological components that can repel all but a targeted group of cells — those that form the …

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Didar Lab inventors’ repellent wrap has been shown to shed all viruses and bacteria – moving towards scale-up production

The new wrap, designed to protect against contamination on high-touch surfaces such as door handles and railings, is now moving toward scaled-up production through FendX Technologies, Inc., which last year licensed the technology. The product works using a self-cleaning surface design microscopically “tuned” to shed everything that comes into contact with it, down to the …

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DidarLab Interview with BBC World Service – The smart packaging that knows if your food is safe to eat

If you have kept some food for a little while, you may not know whether or not is has gone off. Eating it could risk you getting ill, or throwing it away just adds to the food waste mountain. Researchers have come up with a potential solution. These are smart bio-markers on food packaging which …

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DidarLab creates contamination test for contamination in dairy products in collaboration with Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc

DidarLab has developed a test to reveal bacterial contamination in dairy products well before they have a chance to reach anyone’s lips. With support provided by Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc., young researchers have proven a method that will allow producers, packagers and retailers to detect bacterial contamination in milk products simply by reading a signal …

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DidarLab PhD student Shadman Khan receives prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Congratulations to our PhD student, Shadman Khan, who is one of this year’s Vanier scholarship recipients! Shadman is a student in the School of Biomedical Engineering developing biomedical materials and biosensors. He is currently working on smart food packaging capable of indicating bacterial contamination and food spoilage in real-time, to overcome our current reliance on …

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Tohid Didar has been designated as the new Canada Research Chair in Nano-biomaterials (Tier 2)

Principal Investigator, Tohid Didar is one of the ten new researchers across three faculties have been named new Canada Research Chairs, a prestigious honour created to promote Canada’s world class research and development. Tier 2 Chairs, which are held for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers who have the potential to …

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A new grant is helping DidarLab and a Toronto precision-medicine diagnostics company to get infection-testing technology to market

Our group worked in collaboration with industry researchers from SQI Diagnostics Inc. to develop and successfully test a new material to help detect critical but elusive markers of illness. We have created an innovative surface coating that repels every other element of human blood except the critical cytokine. The coating improves the ability of diagnostics …

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Pathogen-repelling wrap inventors of DidarLab earn top prize in the Create the future design contest 2020

We have achieved a remarkable milestone in the field of pathogen repelling surface development. Our team that created RepelWrap has been named grand prize winners in the 2020 Create the Future design contest, organized by engineering-design news provider Tech Briefs, the company announced today from New York. To prevent pathogens and other agents from adhering …

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DidarLab and Toyota Tsusho Canada collaborate to move pathogen-detecting food wrap from lab to market

Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc. (TTCI) will team up with McMaster engineers and biochemists to move a promising new food-safety technology from the lab to the marketplace. TTCI will contribute up to US$300,000 over two years to commercialize a bacteria-detecting patch that can signal when food has been spoiled by E. coli or other common food …

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The ultimate non-stick coating

We have developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens. Inspired by the water-repellent lotus leaf, the new surface works through a combination of nano-scale surface engineering and chemistry. The surface is textured with microscopic …

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