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Coming Together to Transform Health

Global Nexus is transforming how the modern university serves society.


Global Nexus is a partnership-focused health innovation accelerator based in McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. It facilitates seamless collaboration between academic and non-academic partners in sectors including government, public health, industry, and communities. Together with these partners, Global Nexus is co-developing transformative health solutions that have broad social impact.

The Raison D’être

A tremendous chasm prevents many of the promising discoveries made in academic laboratories from ever reaching society and benefitting our communities. While universities — and McMaster in particular — excel at publishing ‘high-impact’ research, that impact is too often limited to the academic sphere. To more efficiently move innovations from universities out into society, critical partnerships with leaders from industry, government, public health, and our communities must be forged. At Global Nexus, we have created a still-growing ecosystem of partners who, together, can find new efficiencies and opportunities on the road to translation.

Why McMaster?

McMaster University has a strong track record of leadership in the health sciences, specifically in the areas of infectious disease research, immunology, and biomanufacturing. Our strong portfolio of external partnerships, our culture of doing things differently, and our state-of-the-art infrastructure all position us well for cross-sector endeavours. As well, we are home to a new pandemic research hub — the Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Hub (CP2H) — that has brought new funding, capacity, and resources to our health sciences research initiatives.