TOPMED, a non-profit organization, was created in 2010. It enjoys the status of a College Center for Technology Transfer (CCTT), and is thus part of the Trans-Tech network of 49 CCTTs and more than 1,000 experts. It is affiliated with Collège Mérici, one of only two institutions that offer the Orthopedic and Orthopedic Prosthetics Program in Quebec.
The young center was first known as CSTOP (Centre de solutions technologiques en orthèses et protheses / Center for Technical Orthotics and Prosthetics Solutions).
During the initial three-year period, the center moved to new premises and met the grant eligibility criteria of several funding agencies, particularly the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). At the same time, CSTOP made several research project proposals to institutions and laboratories in the orthotic, prosthetic and special needs equipment industry, with many of these projects now completed. During this period, the center also received support from Canada Economic Development (CED) in the acquisition of new computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD / CAM) equipment, a technology that is being increasingly used in the field.
In 2013, CSTOP went through a lengthy period of reflection, activity assessment and strategic planning, and its CCTT status was renewed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
In 2014, CSTOP became TOPMED. The new name indicates more clearly the center’s nature: Technology Transfer (T), Orthotic and Prosthetic (OP) Techniques and Medical Equipment (MED). The team was also consolidated by the employment of new highly qualified staff with complementary skills and expertise.
In 2015, TOPMED welcomed a new General Manager, Mr. Claude Morin. Having previously held several management positions, Mr. Morin came with extraordinary perspective and was able to breathe new life into TOPMED. With new recruits, a vision for the Center’s future, and his sense of business development, Mr. Morin propelled TOPMED towards achieving new goals.
Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, TOPMED was able to expand its laboratory clinic with new equipment and new facilities that not only promote learning but also resulted in a clinical space similar to that of private clinics. Students enrolled in the Collège Mérici Orthopedic Prosthetics and Orthopedic Technology (TOPO) program use the laboratory to familiarize themselves with state-of-the-art equipment. This gives them a competitive advantage when they enter the labor market.
After several months of work, including several stages of consultation and writing, TOPMED produced its Strategic Plan 2018-2023. This allowed the renewal of its status as a College Center for Technology Transfer (CCTT) in orthotics, prosthetics and medical equipment for the next 5 years.
TOPMED assists organizations involved in health, adaptation, rehabilitation and mobility by developing, personalizing, optimizing and validating devices, equipment and technologies for vulnerable and athletic populations.
TOPMED becomes the only CCTT Center dedicated to health.