The TransMedTech Institute (iTMT) aims to support innovation in medical technologies that meet the needs of users and the healthcare community, in order to facilitate and catalyze their development and implementation in the healthcare system. While supporting the industry and the innovation community, the iTMT also aims to train the next generation of medical technology leaders of tomorrow.
The iTMT is led by Polytechnique Montréal and four other founding institutions (Université de Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine, CHUM and Jewish General Hospital). The iTMT also brings together more than fifty partner institutions and has first-rate infrastructures to support the development and validation of medical technologies.
OUR STRATEGY: THE LIVING LAB APPROACH
The iTMT offers services to support the co-development of products based on user needs and added value for the health system, by involving all stakeholders early in the process. Users – patients and their families, healthcare professionals, researchers, students, industry – are all at the heart of the innovation process. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and optimize the implementation of new medical technologies within the healthcare system.
Structured under an ISO 13485 approved quality management system, the Innovation Co-development Unit works closely with the research teams and acts as an intermediary to define the strategies and gather the expertise needed to co-develop each R&D project. Typically, this expertise includes project management, legal support, regulatory strategy development, networking with industrial partners and patient associations.
The iTMT relies on some thirty technology platforms, both in universities and hospitals, offering high-level infrastructures and services for the development and validation of medical technologies. Supervised by one or more researchers, these platforms adhere more specifically to the living lab model and aim to support the research and development of medical technologies. To support these platforms, iTMT directly subsidizes 24 highly qualified and experienced professionals.
OUR IMPACT IN A FEW FIGURES
• 94 researchers/clinicians from our 5 founding institutions
• Recruitment of 15 professors/researchers
• > 130 R&D projects supported
• > $30M in R&D initiatives in medtech
• > $10M to train tomorrow’s leaders (>230 students)
• 40 R&D support professionals
• 13 new medtech companies
• 4 international companies established in Montreal