Dr. Sylvain Martel

Dr. Sylvain Martel

Director, NanoRobotics Laboratory, Polytechnique Montréal

Professor Sylvain Martel is at the cutting edge of nanotechnology, creating machines and robots with components the size of a nanometer – or one billionth of a metre. Working at the intersection of technology and medicine, Dr. Martel has created novel platforms for remote surgeries and cardiac mapping systems, and has developed new types of brain implants that can decode neuronal activities. Dr. Martel’s research group is credited with the first demonstration of the controlled navigation of an untethered object in the blood vessel of a living animal. He leads a world-renowned interdisciplinary team pushing the boundaries of navigable therapeutic agents and interventional platforms for cancer therapy.

Professor Martel is the Director of the NanoRobotics Laboratory at Polytechnique Montreal, holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Nanorobotics, is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Micro-Nanorobotics and Automation.


Magnetic Fields & Bacteria: A Canadian Breakthrough in the War Against Cancer | Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

(Please note that all Summit sessions will be presented in English)

Magnetic fields generated by a special human-scale platform can now be used to transform a special type of bacteria into a computer-controlled, cancer-fighting nanorobot. Swarms of hundreds of millions of these computer-controlled bacteria, loaded with specialized agents, can be harnessed to fight cancer. They can reach deep inside tumors and detect active cancer cells, then deliver medical agents at strategic locations to deliver optimal therapeutic effects while minimizing toxicity. Since drug delivery is still considered as one of the major obstacles to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes, this approach has the potential to revolutionize treatment for the vast majority of cancers.