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In a world where wearable technology has revolutionized how we monitor our health, one innovative product is challenging the status quo. But this isn’t another shiny or fashionable gadget; it’s something far more personal and essential – a menstrual cup. Read more.
Researchers at McMaster University have developed a transparent test patch for food packaging that detects the presence of potentially deadly bacteria like E. coli, with the aim of telling consumers and the grocery industry whether a product is safe to eat. Read more.
Scientists in McMaster University in Canada have developed a self-cleaning surface that can easily repel all forms of bacteria, which will eventually stop the spreading and transferring of superbugs. Read more.
CNN — Researchers have developed a self-cleaning plastic wrap that repels bacteria – and could be used to prevent the transfer of antibiotic resistant superbugs, and other forms of dangerous bacteria. Read more.
As researchers, the more we know about the way things work on the other side of the street, the more likely it is our innovations will reach the marketplace, where they can serve to improve the way we all live. Read more.
McMaster researchers have created a new packaging tray that can signal when salmonella or other dangerous pathogens are present in packages of raw or cooked food such as chicken. Read more.
Billions of tiny soldiers:’ Researchers harness bacteria-eating viruses to create a powerful new weapon against contamination and infection
Researchers at McMaster University have created a powerful new weapon against bacterial contamination and infection. They have developed a way to coax bacteriophages — harmless viruses that eat bacteria — into linking together and forming microscopic beads. Those beads can safely be applied to food and other materials to rid them of harmful pathogens such as E. coli
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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