The partnership will involve a cross-institutional team of clinician-scientists, researchers and engineers, working to create sophisticated imaging technologies.
The collaborative research will center on cardiology, neurology and musculoskeletal medicine. Each project will have three major components: pre-clinical imaging, human imaging and image analysis. The partnership will for local and global research collaborations, the news release says.
“If you look at what our principle is and what Canon’s principle is, we’re dedicated to improving patient care and the well-being of people globally,” said Dr. Geoff Vince, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, in an interview with Crain’s. “What this really allows us to do is really leverage the strengths of both organizations to deliver on that promise.”
Tsuneo “Neo” Imai, vice president of strategic partnership and collaboration at Canon Healthcare U.S.A. Inc., said clinical research is key to understanding the needs of the market. The partnership will foster collaboration between researchers from both organizations by bringing them together in an in-person setting, he said.
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“This unique collaboration leverages Cleveland Clinic’s expertise in biomedical research and clinical care with Canon’s global leadership in imaging innovation and precision manufacturing,” said Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, president and CEO of the Clinic, in a statement. “By combining our strengths, we aim to create breakthroughs in imaging and work together to rapidly translate these innovations to improve patient care.”
The Cleveland Innovation District is a $500 million public-private partnership between the state of Ohio, JobsOhio and Cleveland’s healthcare and higher education institutions that looks to expand research and create jobs. The potential collaboration within the Cleveland Innovation District helped attract Canon Inc. to the city when it established Canon Healthcare USA Inc., the company’s U.S. healthcare subsidiary, earlier this year.
This story first appeared in Crain's Cleveland Business.