UBC microneedle spin-off enters agreement with Vetter Pharma


Do needles make you wince? Boris Stoeber feels your pain. So he developed technology that will make getting flu and other kinds of shots a breeze.  

Stoeber, PEng, a professor in UBC’s Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Sensing Technology, works on microneedles: thorn-like projections less than a millimetre long that may revolutionize the way drugs and vaccines are administered.

Zhaoyang Yuan, PhD '17, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Zhaoyang Yuan received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Applied Science degrees in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He has finished his PhD at UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering, and his PhD work was focused on developing bamboo as an alternative sustainable feedstock for the production of kraft pulp, dissolving grade pulp and ethanol in a green and eco-friendly scheme.

German-Canadian cooperation: DLR @ UBC

Materials and structures for global mobility

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and The University of British Columbia (UBC) have been working together successfully since September 2016 as part of the DLR@UBC initiative. The partnership is to be expanded and intensified in the coming months. DLR Chairman Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund and the President of UBC Prof. Santa Ono agreed at a meeting in Vancouver on 31 March 2017.

Ignite funding awarded to innovative BC research


On February 8, 2017, the BC Innovation Council announced the second round of Ignite Awards funding for the commercialization of ground-breaking BC research. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences, bringing the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $1.7M since 2016.

Two of the three projects are co-developed by UBC Engineering professors: