Quality Matters in Applied Research and Innovation at BCIT​

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In 1989 the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) expanded its mandate beyond education and training to include applied research that focused on helping industrial clients. Among the research teams formed was the health technology research group which focused on developing new innovative health technology and on conducting research studies on the interaction between users and technology.  After establishing itself with some project successes, the health technology research group took a team-based approach formalizing existing processes and adding new processes to complete a quality management system certified to ISO 13485 and ISO 9001.The BCIT research group and its quality system have evolved into a diverse and successful group now known as MAKE+ located at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation at BCIT. Operating under a quality system brings added value to clients in BC industry and to students and faculty at BCIT.

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About Judith Findlay

Judy Findlay is an experienced biomedical engineer who leads projects in the research, development and commercialization of new medical devices. She has a Master’s degree in applied science from UBC, and has worked in both private sector and public sector. Judy’s current work at BCIT in applied research has been complemented by significant periods of time working directly for medical device companies to help with product development, design verification, regulatory approvals, and design transfer to manufacturing. These companies include local successes Pyng Medical, LED Dental and Kardium Inc.

Judy has experience in Quality Systems and Quality Engineering and has led the development of Quality Management Systems certified to ISO 13485 and ISO 9001. She continues to assist companies with their quality systems, quality control and design controls.

Judy focuses on medical device development projects that have commercial potential. Recognition include: Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40; the Medical Design Excellence Award and patents for the FAST1 System; and the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers