BURNABY, British Columbia, January 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B; NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) today announced Announced. Opening of the new Teck Copper Innovation Hub. Enabled by his $1.75 million donation from Teck, the facility will enable BCIT researchers and students to study and test the use of antimicrobial copper in a variety of healthcare devices, including prosthetics and orthoses. increase. Copper has unique antimicrobial properties, proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria, making medical applications safer for patients and healthcare workers.
Located within the BCIT Center for Applied Research and Innovation, the Teck Copper Innovation Hub uses additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to produce healthcare devices composed of copper and composite materials. The facility will also facilitate research projects and education focused on exploring new ways copper can be used to enhance health and safety in practical applications. In today’s rapidly changing world, additive manufacturing enables the rapid creation of objects that serve as prototypes for the healthcare industry.
BCIT has a longstanding partnership with Teck that includes working together to advance research and education in British Columbia. Last October, Teck made his second largest donation of $5 million to his BCIT INSPIRE campaign to support campus redevelopment and new teaching and learning innovations in trade and healthcare. Teck also partnered with BCIT, where he installed over 1,000 antimicrobial copper patches on contact surfaces at the BCIT Burnaby campus, providing an extra layer of protection for BCIT students, staff, and visitors. rice field.
Jonathan Pryce, Tech, CEO –
“Copper’s unique antimicrobial properties make it ideal for use in healthcare, making high-contact surfaces and medical devices such as prosthetics safer. We applaud BCIT for advancing this important work by exploring innovative new ways to improve the safety of healthcare professionals.”
Paul McCullough, BCIT Interim Chairman “The Teck Copper Innovation Hub will combine BCIT Applied Research’s cutting-edge research capabilities with Teck’s industry expertise to drive innovation across a growing multidisciplinary field. We will amplify our power and establish new hands-on learning environments that will have a meaningful impact in the healthcare sector and beyond.”
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About Teck’s Copper & Health Program
Through the Copper and Health Program, Teck funds numerous initiatives across a variety of industries and public facilities to improve health and safety in high traffic and high contact areas through the installation of antimicrobial copper. Teck’s Copper & Health program includes many medical facilities including Vancouver General Hospital and St. and post-secondary institutions in partnership with UBC. There is no commercial benefit for Teck from increased use of antimicrobial copper as the amount of metal required is so small. The goal of this program is to improve the health and safety of our community.
For more information on the role of antimicrobial copper, the Copper & Health program, and other copper use cases, visit www.coppersaveslives.com.
As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and minerals development, with primary business units focused on copper, zinc and iron-making coal. The transition to a low-carbon society requires copper, zinc and high-quality iron-making coal. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, TEC’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK.
For nearly 60 years, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has provided flexible, relevant, and future-proof education. This will enable learners to provide applied solutions to industry challenges. With five campuses, over 300 programs, and over 45,000 students each year, BCIT is one of the largest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, connecting education, industry and government to create lasting and meaningful impact. We are building an agile workforce that gives.Click here for details www.bcit.ca
About the INSPIRE campaign
The INSPIRE campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in BCIT history. Focused on raising funds for his three pillars of access and inclusion, innovation in teaching and learning, and campus redevelopment, the campaign aims to create a new future with BCIT as a destination for applied learning. increase. Through INSPIRE, the BCIT Foundation helps today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders, with strong philanthropic support from industry, alumni, and individuals who recognize the importance of BCIT to BC’s economic prosperity. continue to receive Learn more about the INSPIRE campaign, including how you can join us in building a strong and influential philanthropic community.
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