Canadian Biomaterials Society
Société Canadienne des Biomatériaux

Biomaterials Awards
CBS Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Deadline: 2027-05-15

The objective of the Lifetime Achievement Award is to honour a distinguished member of the Canadian biomaterials research community who has made significant long-term and transformative research contributions impacting the field at both a national and international level.

  • Applicant Criteria: Senior PI with a record of participation in the CBS
  • Evaluation Criteria: Long-term record of landmark contributions to the field of biomaterials research, with evidence of international impact, based on the candidate’s curriculum vitae and nominator statement.
  • Frequency: To be awarded at each World Biomaterials Congress starting at the WBC2016, as well as on a case-by-case basis in other years
  • Recipient will receive: $2000 award from CBS, certificate
  • Nomination Process: Nominations will be solicited by email sent to all current CBS members. Please refer to the website and your e-mail for an announcement regarding the next nomination period.  The nominators will be asked to submit a short supporting statement (~250 words) explaining why they feel the candidate should receive the award.  Email nominations will be directed to the CBS Secretary.  Nominated candidates will be reviewed to confirm they meet the eligibility criteria, and contacted to determine if they accept the nomination and to provide a copy of their curriculum vitae.
  • Selection Process:  The Awards Selection Committee will be chaired by the CBS President and made up of all elected senior members of the CBS Board of Directors, including the President-Elect and Past President, and the current IUS-BSE Representatives.  Awardees will be selected from all formal nominations received based on the curriculum vitae provided by the candidates and the nominator statements.  If a member of the Awards Selection Committee is nominated for an award, he/she will not participate in the adjudication of that specific award.  All decisions will be made by majority vote, with the Chair of the Committee voting only in the event of a tie.

Current Award Winners


  • Paul J Santerre (University of Toronto)
    Professor J. Paul Santerre has published >195 peer reviewed publications and is a listed inventor on >70 patents in the area of medical polymers, biodegradation, protein and blood interactions with surfaces, surface modification, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. This research has led to the training of > 70 graduate students, multiple postdoctoral fellows and > 130 undergraduates, and >$54M CDNin grant funding. In addition to being a named fellow of many national and international academic bodies, he was the past associate Dean research in the Faculty of Dentistry, and past director for the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is cofounder and current co-director of the Health Innovation Hub at the University of Toronto (a student focused entrepreneur training co-curricular program with > 225 client health science and biomedical engineering start-upcompanies to date that have generated > $77MCdn). He is a co-founder of Interface Biologics and current CSO for the company, along with being a co-founder of five other startup companies, and has won multiple national awards for his achievements in enabling entrepreneurship, as well as national/international recognition awards for his research and discovery science.

Past Award Winners


  • John Brash (McMaster University)
    Dr. John L. Brash, a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is the inaugural winner of the CBS Lifetime Achievement Award. John has been conducting pioneering research in the fields of polymeric biomaterials and protein-surface interactions for more than 45 years. More specifically, John is internationally recognized for his landmark contributions in the areas of protein adsorption and blood compatibility, the development of biomedical polyurethanes, and the application of surface modification techniques to control cell adhesion. His seminal research in these areas has shaped our current understanding of cell-biomaterial interfaces, and has also helped to revolutionize the use of polymers in the medical device industry. With more than 300 lifetime publications, he has received numerous awards recognizing his research excellence in the biomaterials field, including the Clemson (1994) and Founders (2009) Awards from the Society for Biomaterials. Further, John has been a leader in the Canadian biomaterials community, and an outstanding mentor to many young scientists and engineers who have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry.

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