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Advancing Healthcare Technologies

PracticePoint is WPI’s membership-based health research and development and testing facility—a place to advance health technology and launch better medical, cyber physical systems through collaboration. PracticePoint is a resource for designing, prototyping, and evaluating everything from rehabilitative devices to surgical robotics by an associated consortium of academics, industry, healthcare professionals, and users/patients.

The health research facility includes spaces that look like areas where medical care would take place, but with equipment to study how best to deliver that care: a fully instrumented living space, a state-of-the-art motion capture lab, a 2-bed modular patient care suite, MRI imaging center, and a fully functional operating room co-located with advanced manufacturing capabilities. Our advanced manufacturing rooms include a wide array of 3D printing, CNC manufacturing, and electronics assembly and test capabilities.

Here you can work on your health technology innovations and medical device development.


The facility allows businesses to enhance their device development capabilities while tapping into the energy and expertise of WPI students. And that’s really what PracticePoint is all about.
Greg Fischer

PracticePoint: Advancing Innovation at WPI

PracticePoint Overview Video

Tour PracticePoint at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts

Bob Cathcart working on a decive

The Vision and the Visionary

PracticePoint is many things: an incubator for businesses, a collaborative space for members to meet and exchange ideas, a state-of-the-art research facility for educators and students, and the nexus for innovation that could change the world of healthcare as we know it. But there’s a shared challenge for those who aspire to build technology and solve problems in the healthcare field: they often have limited access to hospital settings and equipment, such as million-dollar imaging machines. PracticePoint to change all that.

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For additional information on how to get involved or to schedule a tour of the facilities, contact:

Catherine Bouthillier
(M) 860-428-6840
(O) 508-831-4653