Roshan Yoganathan

Dr. Roshan Yoganathan is a subject matter expert in the area of biomaterials for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine applications with over 5 years of start-up experience in the area of combination products and class III medical devices. During his tenure at CCRM he was promoted from Development Scientist to Project Manager/Scientist and responsible for leading the Biomaterials and Devices platform. Roshan has also held several postdoctoral appointments such as Senior Postdoctoral researcher at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Sydney, Australia) and a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship with Receptor Therapeutics and the University of Toronto (UofT). His scholarly route started with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at UofT, then a Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, both at UNSW. The focus of much of his work has been on the use of biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, and is known to be an avid volleyball, badminton and basketball player.

Posts by: Roshan


Right Turn: Time to stop the bleeding

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 04/17/14

Recently Revmedx, a pioneer in the biomaterial wound dressing field, made some waves with the commercialization of its product XStatTM . XStatTM received a lot of press because of its FDA approval for use against gunshot wounds and shrapnel-related injuries in the battlefield. It is used to help stop the bleeding and help sustain the…Read more

Right Turn: Heart in a box – are we there yet?

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 03/07/14

. I’m not sure many of you are die-hard biomaterial fans like me, but there was a shot heard around the biomaterial world when Canada’s very own Professor Michael Sefton, at the University of Toronto, proposed creating a heart in a box. He made the claim nearly ten years ago. I bring this up now…Read more

Biomimicry, bioadhesion and Dr. Jeffrey Karp: He’s a natural at what he does

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 02/18/14

. This past weekend I was watching the Superbowl, along with millions of North Americans,not to see the Seahawks beat down the Broncos, but for all the must-see million dollar commercials. The one commercial that stood out to me was the Geico commercial with the gecko. The gecko is an interesting creature with many extraordinary…Read more

At the forefront of biomaterial research

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 05/01/13

. The work by Joe Landolina and Suneris Inc., highlighted by Stacey Johnson in her recent post, helps bring to the forefront the industry’s motivation to utilize “smart biomaterials”. The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine has been researching smart biomaterials that could be used to treat soldiers injured in the field. Photo: Flickr Commons…Read more

Biomaterial gels: Some surprising uses for water

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 02/12/13

Only in the fictional land of Oz does water cause witches to melt. In the real world, water is essential to life and a valuable resource. Scientifically known as H2O, it is used to irrigate crops and even to enlarge/swell biomaterial gels (more on that later). As a biomaterials scientist, I’m particularly interested in the…Read more

Outrunning the cheetah: How biomaterials could make Pistorius even faster

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 10/05/12

  I visited London at the end of August and was exposed to the Paralympics for the first time. One of the biggest stars of the London 2012 Paralympics was Oscar Pistorius, a 200m and 400m sprinter from South Africa with double, below-knee amputations. He received a great deal of media attention because he not…Read more

The tooth tattoo: A novel biosensor for disease detection

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 06/05/12

The last time I blogged here, I introduced the idea of using biomaterials to monitor and sense changes in various physiological environments. Having materials in the body that can do this allows for real-time feedback regarding changes in the body. The use of biosensors helps overcome the shortcomings of various disease-related diagnoses. For example, the…Read more

The evolution of biomaterials

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 03/13/12

I’ve been working in the field of biomaterials for over five years now. A short period of time, but nevertheless I’ve noticed that the field has evolved considerably. Since the inception of “biologically compatible materials,” their capabilities, functionalities and uses have undergone multiple stages of change. There are distinct turning points when biomaterial research is…Read more