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FIBRE is a first of its kind academic research platform in the field of textile-based wearable technologies operating under The KITE Research Institute banner at Toronto Rehab. As a member of University Health Network, the number one research hospital in Canada, our focus is providing exceptional human-centred design, accessibility, and health. We are a consortium of academic, corporate, and commercial partnerships, and are committed to creating textile-based technologies as solutions to a healthier world. Our multidisciplinary ecosystem is interconnected and all-encompassing. From identifying individual needs to designing, prototyping, educating, testing, and commercializing, FIBRE embodies a vision for the future. FIBRE is an enabler.
Our mission is to make care accessible to people through technology by designing, introducing, and integrating smart textiles across the healthcare system.
To become the world’s leading research platform for developing and commercializing smart wearable health technologies. Medical wearables have the potential to monitor patient health remotely, restore function, allow partner industries to reach and exceed their potential and provide the ability to treat patients in isolated locations who have limited access to resources.
World-leading materials science experts will develop synthetic polymeric fibres (polyester, nylon) that integrate nanoparticles to create customized mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. Biologists and biomedical engineers will develop textile-based electrodes that enhance regenerative medicine, wound healing, and deep brain stimulation to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease.
Following the construction of these biomaterials, researchers integrate smart components seamlessly into textiles and garments, enabling them to sense bodily changes (i.e., heart function, temperature, movement), generate energy (ambient radio frequencies, patient movement), transmit data, and deliver therapeutic interventions.
Garments will be co-designed by fashion and human-centred design experts, caregivers, clinicians, engineers, and end-users such as patients who are disabled, aging or have other conditions. Integrating industry-leading design and testing during prototyping stages will ensure superior quality control and promote commercial viability.
Researchers will gauge the effects of designed technologies on clinical outcomes and delivery of care. Care pathways will be developed to integrate the technologies into rehabilitative procedures by establishing clinical decision rules, initiating validation studies, and integrating data into clinical databases. Once the information has been collected, researchers will use machine learning algorithms to analyze smart garment data and develop closed-loop systems. These will enable the garments to respond to stimuli and deliver responsive therapeutic interventions.
FIBRE welcomes partners who share our vision of delivering care through the use of innovative technologies. FIBRE incorporates a unique mix of multidisciplinary expertise from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond. We believe our eclectic team of like-minded innovators, accrued by recruiting specialists across a plethora of backgrounds and industries, is critical to reshaping preventative and rehabilitative care. Regardless of your specialization, we seek to collaborate with experts of all backgrounds. As a partner, you are celebrated and woven into our structure.
FIBRE is a collective that prides itself on access. By partnering with us, you will gain access to diverse patient populations for product validation and benefit from the resources and knowledge of our academic and industrial partners. Moreover, partnering with FIBRE is a testament to your foresight. You will be among the first to recognize a vision that stands as a beacon for interdisciplinary collaboration, service, and innovation in a field that continues to grow exponentially.
FIBRE is proudly based in the GTA. Within this rich and diverse region, FIBRE has innovation hubs in Toronto, a city ranked in the top five for tech talent in North America and can easily tap into a network of collaborators across Southern Ontario. With the continued support of our partners, FIBRE will not only disrupt the healthcare industry but will serve as a vehicle to integrate smart textile-based health technologies across the education, transportation and sports industries. If you would like to join FIBRE on this journey, please get in touch.