McMaster grad receives Governor-General’s Innovation Award

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Paul Santerre, PhD ’90 Chemical Engineering, has been presented with the Governor-General’s Innovation Award for making plastic medical devices the body won’t reject.

Dr. Santerre’s key innovation was to add ingredients during manufacturing of plastic to make it less likely to generate an immune response.

The practical result has led to more than 60 patents and devices, such as catheters that can be inserted into a blood vessel – for example to deliver a cancer therapy – and kept in place for a year or more without causing harm.

The Governor-General’s Innovation Awards are a celebration of Canadian creators who have reshaped lives nationally and abroad.

Full story in The Globe and Mail.

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