Cleveland Proves Itself a Powerhouse in Biomedical Innovation

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Cleveland, OH, October 27, 2016 – Cleveland is on a roll—first the Cavs took home the national championship and now the Indians are in the World Series. But before these stories put Cleveland in the national spotlight, the city made its mark by leading biomedical innovation. Home to more than 700+ bioscience companies, along with world-renowned clinical, research and educational institutions dedicated to growth and medical innovation, Cleveland is a city not only of champions but also a city that has earned the right to be called “The Medical Capital.”


Evidence of that, in just six days, the city hosted seven major healthcare events, bringing together more than 3,000 people in the healthcare field to the Global Center for Health Innovation located in Downtown Cleveland. The space was built in Cleveland to serve as the focal point for healthcare innovation, conventions, trade shows, and industry-specific meetings, and is home to internationally-recognized brands such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips Healthcare, Cisco Systems, Cardinal Health, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) along with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.


As a result, the Global Center for Health Innovation became the obvious choice, along with the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, to host a flurry of medical and technological activity last week, including the notable events below:


2016 Medical Innovation Summit

October 24-26, 2016

The 14th edition of the Medical Innovation Summit, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, attracted a record 2,250 registered participants. It also generated broad local and national media interest, partly because of the appearance of Vice President Joe Biden.


Biden, who lost a son to cancer, kicked off the three-day summit with a stirring speech about the Cancer Moonshot and the critical need to give hope and time to cancer patients with new treatments and innovations. Other keynote addresses were delivered by Joe Almeida, Chairman & CEO of Baxter; Omar Ishrak, Chairman & CEO of Medtronic; Ian Read, Chairman & CEO of Pfizer; and Mike Musallem, Chairman & CEO of Edwards Lifesciences.


Other highlights from the summit include:

  • The release of the latest book in the Cleveland Clinic Way series, “IT’s About Patient Care: Transforming Healthcare Information Technology the Cleveland Clinic Way,” by C. Martin Harris, MD. Everyone attending the summit received a free copy of the book published by McGraw Hill.

  • The unveiling of the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2017, which highlighted the potential for medical breakthroughs. Products that harness the power of the microbiome to prevent and treat disease were ranked the number one innovation by a distinguished panel of Cleveland Clinic doctors and researchers.

  • A showcasing of the power of virtual reality tools to enhance surgery and change medical education.

  • An examination of drugs costs, pricing and access that included insight from top executives in the pharmaceutical industry


Here is a link to a video recap of the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit:


The Cleveland Medical Hackathon

October 22-23, 2016

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon presented by Nesco Resource is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competition and the winners of over $40,000 in prizes.  Now in its second year, the event brought together over 200 students, developers, designers, investors, engineers, programmers, clinicians, researchers, community members, patient advocates, and public health professionals from across the region and the around the country to transform healthcare through innovation.


The group gathered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Innovation Center (located on the 4th Floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland) to pitch ideas, form teams, and over a 24-hour period create functioning projects.  Teams addressed four tracks central to healthcare: access redesign, care redesign, payment redesign, and population health improvement.  Area entrepreneurs, lawyers, public health experts, community members, technology specialists and patient advocates served as mentors and advisors to the teams.


A total of 29 teams made it to the final round of pitches and had five minutes to present in front of a panel of judges representing clinicians, healthcare providers, startup companies, funders and entrepreneurs.


Details on winning projects can be viewed here.


HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub Grand Opening

October 25, 2016

In 2013, the HIMSS Innovation Center opened on the 4th floor, the health information technology (HIT) floor, as the anchor tenant of the Global Center. Now, on Oct. 25, the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub became part of the Innovation Center as an immersive learning environment aimed at demystifying the evolving cyber threat landscape for many people, including executives, healthcare providers, IT professionals, policymakers, and the general public.


“Through the interactive hub, HIMSS is equipping the health field to address cybersecurity challenges head-on,” said Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president, and chair, Executive Advisory Council, Global Center for Health Innovation, in her remarks to almost 300 people attending the launch event.


This first-of-its-kind, in-person exhibit allows visitors to interact with a series of standalone, interactive modules, where they will find various security-related scenarios and guided through different vendor solutions for addressing them.


H. Cymon, a cyber super hero makes this multisensory journey both fun and immersive. She takes visitors through three scenarios demonstrating how various points of care connect through electronic data, the security risks that can be encountered, and the latest solutions designed to mitigate risk.


To underscore its commitment to the cybersecurity issue, HIMSS released a Cybersecurity “Call to Action” recommending the adoption of a universal privacy and security framework for the health sector, the creation of cyber leader role at the Department of Health and Human Services, and action steps to address the healthcare cybersecurity workforce shortage. 


The hub opened Oct. 25 and is located within the HIMSS Innovation Center, the health IT floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation, in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The opening launched a series of events focused on cybersecurity and innovation taking place at the HIMSS Innovation Center between Oct. 22 and 26. 


More info can be found here.


Other events that took place at the Global Center for Health Innovation include:


14th Annual Security Summit Week’s Healthcare Day—Security in Healthcare: Strength of Collaboration

October 26, 2016


TIPS 2016 (Technology Innovation for Physicians and Surgeons)

October 22-24, 2016


The Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO)

October 22, 2016


Cleveland Clinic Nursing Innovation Summit

October 22, 2016


In addition to these major events being hosted in the city, the region has also attracted more than $2 billion in biomedical start-up equity funding since 2002.  In the past four years alone, Cleveland has seen over 160 biomedical companies raise more than a billion dollars, and the innovation economy keeps getting stronger through the research and commercialization at renowned institutions such as Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.


About The Medical Capital

The Medical Capital initiative is a collaboration of Cleveland’s internationally renowned clinical, educational, and research institutions, philanthropies, government, and economic development engines. Convened by BioEnterprise, the initiative promotes the vibrant biomedical and healthcare industry in the 18-county Northeast Ohio region. The Medical Capital includes more than 700 biohealth companies, 30 clinical, research and educational institutions, 230,000 biomedical and healthcare workers, $700 million annually in research funding, and more than $200 million annually in private startup funding. For more information:


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