This training program will provide a skilled entrepreneurial workforce for Canada, one that will fuel creation of a high-tech economy to replace the shrinking classical manufacturing sector. The statistics are clear: our Universities and research institutions are leading the world in discovery, but we are failing in transferring these technologies into commercial products. We will equip the trainees with skills to build their own companies from their research, with a specific scientific focus on building organ-on-a-chip devices for compound screening and discovery.


  • Provide world-leading training of the highest scientific standard in microfabrication, microfluidics, polymer chemistry, organ-on-a-chip engineering and translation.
  • Provide training in hard (patent law, business, finance) and soft (networking, etiquette, public speaking, critical thinking & analysis, team work) skills essential to entrepreneurial success.
  • Building on our existing contacts, we will develop a network of partners and receptors, e.g. business advisors, patent lawyers, venture capital firms and incubators, to assist trainees.


Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows who are conducting research under the direct supervision of TOeP faculty members are eligible for full participation in this program (see below for a listing of participating investigators). Students enrolled in partner institutions and labs but not supervised by TOeP faculty members may be eligible to participate in limited programming.

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Dr. Milica Radisic, Professor, University of Toronto Canada Research Chair (Tier 2); Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, TARA Biosystems, discussing human cardiac biowires and how they can be used for predictive cardiac physiology.

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Please note that the TOeP/OOAC annual symposium, originally planned for May 11-13/2020, will be scheduled at a future date, once COVID 19 concerns have eased.

Also most exchanges have been place on hold until it is safe to travel or visit other labs.

Applications to join TOeP are now open for the academic year 2019-2020

Students at the undergraduate, graduate and post- doctoral level, who are performing research in the labs of the Co- Applicants or Collaborators are welcome to join TOeP. Please fill out the TOeP Enquiry to Apply form now and email to for an application package for 2019-2020.

Congratulations to Richard Cheng on winning 2nd tier of the 2019 Baxter Young Investigator Award.

Richard and his collaborators in Dr. Marc Jeschke’s lab at Sunnybrook Hospital won a  2nd tier award for the 2019 Baxter Young Investigator Award. Their research  features “Microfluidic delivery of homogenous cell-containing biomaterials on physiological surfaces for treatment of full-thickness burn”.

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