Ion and Houston Methodist to open well being care innovation tech hub | Rice Information | Information and Media Relations

Houston Methodist has joined the Ion as the primary well being care-centric companion within the rising innovation hub.

The hospital will construct out an area modeled after its Middle for Innovation Know-how Hub , positioned at its flagship within the Texas Medical Middle, to showcase the newest in well being care innovation.

“Partnering with Houston Methodist’s Middle for Innovation is thrilling. This additionally will advance the Ion’s capability to help entrepreneurs and innovators which can be already on the Ion as we embark on a brand new focus in well being care innovation,” mentioned Jan Odegard, govt director of the Ion.

Anticipated to open later this 12 months, the Tech Hub on the Ion will occupy an roughly 1,200-square-foot area that can first be used for informational and academic programming, networking with fellow tenants and entrepreneurs, collaborating in on-site mentoring and pitch competitions, and internet hosting open homes for the neighborhood to see how Houston Methodist is shaping patient-centered well being take care of the long run.

 

Ion and Houston Methodist to open well being care innovation tech hub | Rice Information | Information and Media Relations
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Houston Methodist’s presence on the Ion advances its imaginative and prescient to foster extra collaboration throughout industries, becoming a member of aerospace, power, and oil and gasoline corporations already embedded within the innovation hub. By means of the partnership, the hospital will develop the work of its Middle for Innovation and its Know-how Hub, which opened in early 2020 to supply a dwelling laboratory atmosphere to expertise the newest improvements in patient-centered well being care know-how, together with distant monitoring, ambient intelligence and digital actuality. The area on the Ion will reveal how present and future know-how work collectively within the hospital setting.

“We’re advancing the evolution of the hospital’s function in well being care by means of digital transformation,” mentioned Michelle Stansbury, vp of innovation and knowledge know-how purposes at Houston Methodist. “Having a footprint on the Ion is not going to solely present the Ion’s community and Houston neighborhood with a window into what we’re doing for sufferers, shoppers and suppliers, but in addition provides the Ion neighborhood and rising innovators a chance to convey its personal ingenuity and concepts to life with ours.”

Partnering with Houston Methodist and welcoming it to the Ion, developed by Rice Administration Co. on behalf of Rice College, builds on the legacies of two of the state’s main establishments, mentioned Rice President Reggie DesRoches.

“Constructing new relationships and assets can develop digital innovation in well being care,” DesRoches mentioned. “Rice is thrilled to play its half, and we have fun our shared dedication to significant neighborhood engagement.”

Houston Methodist and Rice College have a historical past of collaborations, together with the Houston Methodist-Rice College Middle for Human Efficiency below building on Rice’s campus. The area is meant to convey physicians, tutorial researchers and college college students collectively to work facet by facet with pupil athletes, trainers and coaches to advance analysis and schooling in human efficiency. Houston Methodist and Rice are also collaborating on the Middle for Translational Neural Prosthetics and Interfaces to convey collectively scientists, clinicians, engineers and surgeons to resolve scientific issues with neurorobotics.

“By enhancing alternatives for our community of lecturers, companies, entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate throughout the Ion District and globally, we’re making a extra resilient future financial system for our area,” mentioned Bryson Grover, Rice Administration Co.’s funding supervisor of actual property growth.

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