The K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics was established in 2021 through a $24 million gift to the McGovern Institute from philanthropist Lisa Yang, a former investment banker committed to advocacy for individuals with visible and invisible disabilities. The goal of the center is to develop and deploy enabling technologies that communicate directly with the nervous system to mitigate a broad range of disabilities. The center’s scientists, clinicians, and engineers work together to create, test, and disseminate bionic technologies that integrate human physiology with electromechanics.
The Yang Center for Bionics is deeply interdisciplinary, uniting experts from three MIT schools: Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Planning. Center researchers collaborate with clinical and surgical collaborators at Harvard Medical School to ensure that research advances are tested rapidly and reach people in need, including those in traditionally underserved communities.
The K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics will initially focus on developing and testing three bionic technologies. A fourth priority will be the development of a mobile delivery system to ensure patients in medically underserved communities have access to personalized prosthetic limb services.