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Fabric Discovery Center (FDC)

The Future of Functional Fabrics is Here

Where small businesses, startups and large organizations turn ideas into valuable solutions.

The UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is home to the first and only site in the nation that integrates discoveries from three Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes.

110 Canal Street building

The 28,000-square foot Fabric Discovery Center located at 110 Canal St. in downtown Lowell features dedicated space for design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing.

Use an Integrated Approach to Develop Functional Fabrics

The synergy between high-tech fabrics and flexible electronics combined with robotics could change the world. Just imagine developing products such as:

  • Fabrics that respond to temperature changes.
  • Fire resistant fabrics made from materials found in nature.
  • Fabrics that prevent water, oil or chemical penetration.
  • Fibers with self-healing nanocapsules.
  • Medical textiles that heal wounds, devices that prevent stroke.
  • Wearable electronics embedded in shirts and shoes that measure vital signs.
  • Power generating clothes, briefcase or shelter via weaveable organic photovoltaics.

To advance manufacturing, spark innovation and train workers for higher paying jobs, Massachusetts made a substantial commitment to develop the Manufacturing USA infrastructure within the state’s academic, research and manufacturing industry. 

  • JAN

    During this virtual BYO Lunch & Learn you will learn the basics about how medical device & biotech ventures get financed and how that impacts your company and you as an individual. Various topics will be covered, including:
    - The importance of planning
    - Pitching to investors
    - What investor types to target/prioritize and their link to company stage and strategy
    - How dilution and vesting can impact you personally

    12:00 PM
  • JAN

    Medical devices are becoming increasingly cloud-connected. What used to be a technology only deployed by the largest, most well-funded companies is now becoming a core requirement of most medical device startups. Cloud connectivity in medical device can be a complicated, not well documented, risky process. In this presentation, Abbas Dhilawala, CTO of Galen Data, will describe the core, software, hardware, and regulatory considerations critical for success. For companies developing devices with a cloud dependency, investors in medical device companies, or those who have a general interest in medical device innovation, please join us for this informative webinar and Q&A session.

    12:00 PM
  • FEB

    Facing an uncertain future, how can you remain engaged, creative and inspired in your career and leadership of your team? 

    The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Webinar Series continues with Inspired Leadership – Fostering Creativity for Yourself and Your Team in an Uncertain Time presented by Laura Campbell, MBA, Senior Partner and VP of Inspired Partnerships at Inspire Corps.

    In this interactive virtual experience, Campbell will share a powerful framework of inspiration, based on original research, and will guide participants through imagining new possibilities and activating new confidence and courage within their current, and evolving, world of work. Registered attendees will receive Zoom link to access the event.  Event is free and open to all. 

    12:00 PM

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