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.


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).

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2020-2021 TOeP Schedule Now Online

The TOeP seminar schedule for 2020-2021 has been finalized and can be found on the Training tab of the website, or by following the direct link below. Link to 2020-2021 TOeP Schedule

Congratulations to TOeP Graduate Richard Cheng and Collaborators for Winning the 3DPC 2020 1st Prize

Recent TOeP graduate Richard Cheng along with Gertraud Eylert, Jean-Michel Gariepy, Sijin He, Yizhou Gao, Hasan Ahmad, Marc Jeschke, and TOeP principal investigator Axel Guenther have received the 1st prize at the 3D Pioneers Challenge 2020 for their project, the ReverTome Handheld Bioprinter. ReverTome is a handheld surgical instrument that uniformly delivers skin precursor sheets […]

Applications to Join TOeP are Now Open for the Academic Year 2020-2021

Students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level, who are performing research in the labs of the co-applicants are welcome to apply to join TOeP. Please fill out the TOeP Enquiry to Apply form now and email to for an application package for 2020-2021.

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