(PRWEB) May 28, 2012
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has chosen Mohawk College’s eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) to be one of seventeen research initiatives that will receive a portion of its College-Industry Innovation Fund. Of the $15.3 million of investment funding aimed to support Canadian colleges, cégeps and polytechnics, $800,000 will be invested in Mohawk’s MEDIC.
The College-Industry Innovation Fund will allow Mohawk College to increase the establishment and development of MEDIC’s mission to provide IT integration, innovation and commercialization in the healthcare sector.
"The Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre will help businesses, with a special focus on small and medium enterprises, to launch and commercialize innovative new healthcare IT products and services," said Ted Scott, Mohawk's Chief Innovation Officer. "MEDIC will also serve as a hub for organizations undertaking interconnected healthcare projects. Our centre will house the technology needed to provide clients with a live, working eHealth ecosystem, plus the know-how and industry contacts they'll need to develop and commercialize new eHealth products."
The CFI was created by the Government of in 1997 to help fund and support the nation’s world-class research and technology development. As an independent, not-for-profit corporation, CFI continues to invest in Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions in order to bolster Canada’s innovative research and technology development.
MEDIC is one of many projects spearheaded under Mohawk’s iDeaWORKS, an internal initiative that fosters opportunities for students to explore innovative ideas, work with new technology and build relationships with external partners through business and research collaborations.
Mohawk College is among the highest ranked colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and one of the largest providers of apprenticeship programs in Ontario. Mohawk offers full-time health and technology programs, as well as a wide range of continuing education and online learning opportunities.