Showcasing McMaster's top innovators
Chemical engineering professor Heather Sheardown was named Innovator of the Year Wednesday at the McMaster Innovation Showcase.
Known for her work using hydrogels in biomaterial development for ophthalmic applications, Sheardown has developed two inventions with significant promise: material for intra-ocular lenses used in the treatment of cataracts and material designed to deliver therapeutic drugs to the back of the eye in a controlled and sustained manner.
Simon Haykin, distinguished university professor and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recognized with the Lifetime Innovator Award.
Haykin was honoured for his work inventing the field of cognitive radio, which has significant potential for making a difference in wireless communications. McMaster has filed eight patents based on Haykin's research. Both military and consumer-oriented companies are interested in his work and some have already agreed to license it.
Haykin also contributed to work VitaSound Inc. - winners of this year's Industry Partner Award - licensed from McMaster.
The Industry Partner Award recognizes corporations who have made a significant contribution to developing the University's research mandate.
The Ontario-based early stage company uses patented technologies to create solutions for those with hearing problems. It was recognized for its role in commercializing the NeuroCompensator hearing aid.
The NeuroCompensator was developed by Suzanna Becker, professor of psychology, neuroscience & behaviour, which grew out of earlier research performed at McMaster by Haykin and Ian Bruce, along with Becker.
To acknowledge their achievement, Mo Elbestawi, vice-president research and international affairs, presented the three award recipients with sculptures by local glass artist Kelly Lowe.
The McMaster Innovator Awards recognize researchers who contribute to McMaster University's ongoing efforts to build a culture of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship by creating a product or service to transfer their research discoveries and inventions to society.