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CMTI Mission & Goals

The University of Rochester’s Center for Medical Technology & Innovation (CMTI) resides in the Biomedical Engineering Department; and provides a collaborative environment between the Medical Center and adjacent campus to unite the talents and resources of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the School of Medicine & Dentistry with industry partners to improve clinical care. The CMTI is integrated into Rochester’s evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, which supports the translation of multidisciplinary applied research to product development to improve patient care. With our corporate partners, students and faculty we will offer innovative device solutions that address real problems.

Three fundamental goals underlie the mission of the CMTI:


Cultivate solutions to unmet clinical needs. Each day, novel ideas emerge in university clinics and labs, many of which go unrealized. With the CMTI, clinicians, residents, fellows, and staff who previously didn’t have the time, resources, or capability, now have the ability to work side-by-side with engineers and entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas. Clinical focus areas will include specialties such as: Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Orthopaedics. Our goal is to expedite the development of new intellectual property, medical device solutions, downstream licensing and other business opportunities.

Strengthen relationships with the medical device industry. The CMTI provides a conduit and unique platform to support productive partnerships between industry and UR resources to foster the development of new technologies. The CMTI engages industry partners to participate in all facets of its operation from giving seminars and teaching courses, to interacting with faculty and clinicians to foster development of new technologies

Establish technology driven training opportunities. At the heart of this mission is a one-year Medical Technology & Innovation Masters Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering focused on medical device product development and commercialization. This program trains and prepares individuals for the diverse needs of the healthcare industry with the objective of providing professionals to the medical device industry that can rapidly contribute as valued members of a R&D group.

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