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IIDR Professors Welcome Toyota Tsusho North America to McMaster University

IIDR principal investigators Dr. Tohid Didar (second from left) and Dr. Eric Brown (third from left) welcomed delegates from Toyota Tsusho North America to the IIDR on Tuesday.

Dr. Eric Brown, Director of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization and Dr. Tohid Didar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering welcomed delegates from Toyota Tsusho to McMaster Univesity again this week with a tour of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR).

Distinguishable guests included Toyota Tsusho America President, Mr. Akihiro Sago and Toyota Tsusho Canada President, Mr. Hidetoshi Tada.

This is Toyota Tsusho’s second visit to the IIDR this year. In March, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Professor Dr. Lori Burrows led Toyota Tsusho Canada delegates through the IIDR’s Centre for Chemical Microbial Biology (CMCB) to highlight the university’s various initiatives in antimicrobial and infectious disease research.

Professor Lori Burrows explains how some of the special equipment in the IIDR’s Centre for Microbial Chemical biology work to help speed the discovery of potential antibiotics and other drugs during Toyota Tsusho Canada’s visit to McMaster University in March.

Toyota Tsusho, a multinational trading company which owns food production and packaging companies, is especially interested in Dr. Tohid Didar’s research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Over the last few years, Dr. Didar’s team at McMaster University have made pivotal developments regarding food safety monitoring, including a novel diagnostics tool for the hands-free detection of pathogens in packaged food.

The IIDR would like to thank Toyota Tsusho for taking the time to visit McMaster University.

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