STEM Biomedical is a federally-registered non-profit ready to do what hasn't been done before. Our goal is to push towards making discoveries to help find cures for a multitude of diseases through the advancement of biomedical research. We are determined to accomplish this long-term endeavor via in-depth interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, we pride ourselves in being located within the Quantum Valley of the Waterloo Region.
On The Personal Side
Our ultimate goal is to help people with chronic diseases. Individuals everywhere are affected, and the list is seemingly endless: numerous types of cancers; neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophies, among many others. Significant progress has been made in combating these diseases, yet many still lack absolute cures. We are striving to change this, and we're motivated by everyone who is affected.
life with multiple sclerosis
Read Anna's Story
"The disease was tolerable for the first several years and I was able to function adequately enough to work towards my career and raise my 3 children. But now, after 10 years, it has taken its toll and at times I have difficultly performing basic functions like even getting out of bed and/or dressed. I’m now disabled and suffer from chronic fatigue, pain and spasticity. It’s an awful disease that slowly robs you of your self-confidence and independence. I pray that one day a real cure will be found that doesn’t involve harsh medications with bad side effects. I pray that a solution will be found that will regenerate the myelin and nerve damage in people with lesions in their brain and spine so that they will be able to regain function and claim their healthy lives back."
life with leukemia
Read Steven's Story
"I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on my 10th birthday in 2017. It has been difficult as a kid because I want to be normal at school and play baseball and sports again. I can't play because I can’t stay in the sun and I have an implant in my chest called a portacath which is used for my treatments. I take chemo medications every day and have chemo infusions once a month. Once every three months I undergo a spinal tap and spinal fluid testing. I’ve had to deal with complications including seizures and breathing problems. Some days I feel good and like to go out and do things. Other days, I just want to stay home and sleep. I hope research will find the reason why leukemia happens, and I hope better treatments will be made. I hope research will also help make treatments with fewer complications and help develop better supporting medicines for side effects. There is a huge need for this, and it would be a huge accomplishment in cancer treatment."
life with cystic fibrosis
Read Kirsty's Story
"Cystic fibrosis is a huge part of everything I do. Since my diagnosis at the age of eight, I’ve been plagued with chronic lung infections, hypoxia, osteoporosis, diabetes, haemoptysis, bowel blockages, malnutrition and in turn I have a shortened life expectancy. I’m currently functioning with lungs that work at only 35% of what a female my height and age should be functioning at. I am admitted to hospital for intravenous antibiotics every 8-12 weeks. This has a huge impact on my life as it disrupts any normality I might have in attending my job, being social with my friends and/or running a household. I hope that research will find a cure for my chronic illness. The average life expectancy of a cystic fibrosis sufferer is currently 38 years and sadly many of my friends have passed away from CF before they even reached that age. I hope for a cure for cystic fibrosis to allow me to live a normal life with a normal life expectancy."