The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, known as M2D2, is a UMass Lowell – UMass Worcester initiative that helps entrepreneurs move new medical device ideas from patent to production. M2D2 offers early-stage inventors and established companies easy, affordable and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses. The Wannalancit Mill building at UMass Lowell has new office and wet lab space, made possible with state funding. Opportunities include leasable time in labs as well as shared-cost business services and office space.
UMass Lowell’s world-class Plastics Engineering Department, M2D2 and the Mark and Elisa Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) have equipment that offers computer-aided design, mold flow, rapid prototyping, injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, cast film and thermoforming. Students also have access to faculty and classroom labs where research and courses are conducted.
UMass Worcester’s campus offers access to core research supports and highly trained personnel to efficiently conduct animal or clinical studies across the life cycle of device projects.
The Biomedical Engineering Department will be housed on the North Campus in Perry Hall when major interior and exterior renovations are completed in 2019. A total of 12,000 square feet of brand new research and teaching labs, office and common collaborative spaces have been designated for the BME workforce development. The shared spaces will allow students to interact directly with representatives from industry, government and academia, so they can work on projects alongside visiting engineers and scientists.