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Bone meets 3D printing

By Samin Eftekhari

Samin Eftekhari

Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Ryerson is giving a boost to an engineering graduate’s biotech startup with access to seed funding and a business accelerator.

PhD graduate Samin Eftekhari from the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science developed and patented an absorbable, 3D-printed material that mimics bone and has the potential to revolutionize bone graft surgeries*. Last year, she and her team – including Ted Rogers School of Management graduate Madlen Cumandra – entered this breakthrough into two Ryerson seed-funding competitions: the Norman Esch Engineering Award Stage 3 awards and the annual Slaight New Venture competition. So far, the idea has garnered $235,000 in prize money to provide critical seed funding to her company, Artin Biomed. Now, Ryerson is helping the company bring the idea to life through the iBoost Zone – an innovation accelerator for technology entrepreneurs. Samin’s company has also incubated in Ryerson’s Biomedical Zone – a physician-led health technology incubator located in St. Michael’s Hospital.

At Ryerson, zone learning helps students with big ideas gain real-world access to the workspaces, mentors and skills they need to turn ideas into game-changing inventions and successful companies.

*Samin started this project in 2013 when she received the Science and Engineering in Business fellowship funded by FedDev and Ryerson’s Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation.