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Dr. John Brennan
Biointerfaces Director

About the Institute

Located McMaster University, the Biointerfaces Institute (BI) provides state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to the development, understanding and advancement of material and biological interfaces.

The BI institute has 20+ core faculty members, spanning across three McMaster faculties, with expertise in high-throughput synthesis, point-of-care diagnostics, surface characterization, polymer chemistry, bioassay development, biomaterials, biosensors, and ophthalmic biomaterials, with backgrounds in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

The BI was a $22 million facility; the first of its kinds in Canada. Since 2012, the BI has been at the core of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, worked with over 800 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research partners.

Partnering with the BI and our members facilitates access to unique expertise and infrastructure for the development and commercialization of various technologies. Our team is knowledgeable in establishing workflows capable of translating projects from the initial discovery to the early-stage prototyping. Researchers can receive training to all for “hands-on” usage of instrumentation or can take advantage of the BI technical staff’s expertise to enable their work.