- Usable area: 2000m²
- Completion: 2017
The founding team at Fraunhofer IZI started looking for suitable Canadian cooperation partners back in 2011. On the back of these efforts, initial joint research projects were set up with McMaster University in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada). With approximately 29,000 students, the university is one of the leading universities in Canada, with exceptional strengths in the fields of health sciences, engineering and natural sciences.
Based on the success of ongoing cooperation projects, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft took the decision in 2014 to set up a Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) at McMaster University. Governed by a cooperation agreement, the FPC is jointly managed by experienced McMaster and Fraunhofer managers and is devoted to applied research in the business units Diagnostics, Automation, Cell Therapeutics and Biomaterials. In setting up the FPC, both partners aim to collectively develop innovative products and technologies by combining specific technological strengths from both sides, and to gain even more access to the North American niche market. In addition, the FPC helps establish German and Canadian companies and supports the development of business activities in the respective partner country.
In the first few months after being established, the project center already managed to attract significant funding on both the German and Canadian sides, as well as a series of industry cooperation projects including FedDev funding in the sum of approx. 12 million Canadian dollars for the construction of a joint research building in McMaster Innovation Park, which was opened in spring 2018. The new research building offers a state-of-the-art research infrastructure covering an area of approx. 1,900 m².