Building SBME’s New Home

We’re building a purpose-designed, state-of-the-art facility that can support students and faculty, cutting-edge research, educational and industrial innovation, and entrepreneurial exploration. The vision of the School is to transform patient health and healthcare outcomes through unconstrained exploration of the best possible integrative solutions across engineering, medicine, and biology.

Biology, medicine and engineering can all be reshaped at once. Their possibilities and variations rendered accessible not just to students and researchers, but also to communities that have struggled to receive the benefits of advancements in health technologies.

The new SBME building will make this possible while providing students and faculty the experience of a unique, educational, interdisciplinary experience.

A Blueprint for the Future of Medicine

In every aspect and detail of its architectural structure, the new SBME building will reflect the flexible, ever-shifting nature of medical innovation itself. Makerspaces and “wet” and “dry” laboratories will be built on a grid and lab benches realigned according to the demands of a given medical challenge. As a new home for industry, academia, and hospital partners, shared spaces will be designed for collision, connectivity and collaboration between all stakeholders from student to entrepreneur to clinician.

Eliminating Academic Borders

UBC’s SBME is fast becoming one of the places to watch for the next wave of technologies that will transform medicine, and with the robust and growing medtech community in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland area, a central hub for educational and scientific advancement is key.

From molecular engineering to multi-scale systems biology, from point-of-care diagnostics to devices that “read and write” into our bodies to help us walk, move, and see better, the new SBME building will be Canada’s living laboratory for biomedical engineering, providing cutting-edge collaborative and experiential spaces for students, faculty and industry.


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