Hitachi Healthcare to Build R&D Center at Twinsburg HQ

TWINSBURG, Ohio  – Hitachi Healthcare Americas will build a new research and development center at its North American headquarters in Twinsburg, adding 40 jobs by the end of the year.

The R&D center, the comapny’s only one outside of Japan, will allow Hitachi Healthcare Americas to expand its scientific and engineering teams and collaborate more closely with industry leaders, according to a statement from CEO Yasuhiko Taniguchi.

““Being in the heart of a healthcare mecca with such prestigious facilities and educational institutions is the perfect location for us to develop innovative technologies and leverage the local knowledge and talent in northeastern Ohio,” he said.

Hitachi Healthcare Americas’ Twinsburg site focuses on medical imaging devices such as MRI, CT and ultrasound machines. It currently employs nearly 200.

The expansion is aided by nonprofit accelerator BioEnterprise, JobsOhio and Team NEO. JobsOhio has awarded Hitachi Healthcare Americas a grant for prototyping equipment, software and facility upgrades.

“Hitachi Healthcare’s new R&D Center will be its first in North America and builds on Cleveland’s global reputation as a medical imaging hub,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer. “This R&D investment further demonstrates Hitachi Healthcare’s commitment to design and build the next generation of medical devices, software and solutions to help improve the quality of care in northeast Ohio.”

Adds Aram Nerpouni, President and CEO of BioEnterprise: “Medical imaging has been a sector of strength for Northeast Ohio’s healthcare economy for many decades, and Hitachi Healthcare Americas’ expanded presence in this region builds on that legacy. This legacy includes fundamental discoveries at Case Western Reserve University, applied patient innovations at our world-class healthcare institutions and industry leadership at dozens of imaging startups and corporate partners.”

Pictured: Hitachi Healthcare Americas headquarters in Twinsburg, via BioEnterprise.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.