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UHN, University of Toronto launch Techna innovation hub to get health technologies to patients faster
Date:11/9/2011

TORONTO, Canada -- The Techna Institute, an innovation hub poised to integrate and fast track research, development and commercialization of new healthcare technologies, launches today at University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T).

Dr. Christopher Paige, VP, Research at UHN says: "Techna is a fresh way of thinking about research and development. Technological innovation holds the key to understanding many diseases and Techna provides the platform for excellence where scientists, clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and industry can combine their skills to save lives all over the world."

The new institute formally The Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health is housed in the old Banting building at U of T, 100 College St., across the street from the MaRs complex a symbolic location that epitomizes the very heart of Canadian world "firsts" in healthcare research and innovation in Toronto's Discovery District.

Dr. Catherine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions at U of T, says: "Techna will provide an environment for faculty and students in clinical, biomedical and bioengineering fields to work collaboratively to create biotechnical solutions for diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. The clinical and graduate departments involved in Techna will design new teaching and learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of biotechnology innovators."

The Techna team will cross traditional silos to take research on developing technologies for improving health into the clinic as quickly as possible," says Director David Jaffray, UHN Head of Radiation Physics and a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the research arm of the health network's Princess Margaret Cancer Program. Dr. Jaffray is also a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics at U of T and holds the Orey and Mary Fidani Family Chair in R
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Contact: Jane Finlayson
jane.finlayson@uhn.on.ca
416-946-2846
University Health Network
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