NASA Glenn Joins Cleveland Clinic Innovations’ Alliance

CLEVELAND – The NASA Glenn Research Center here and Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization arm of the Cleveland Clinic, are entering into a joint collaboration that will bring NASA’s aeronautics and spaceflight engineering expertise to CCI’s Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance, a collaboration of health-care systems, academic institutions and corporate partners.

The entities will work together to identify, develop and commercialize technologies in Glenn’s portfolio that can be applied to health care, they jointly announced Wednesday.

“NASA Glenn’s research extends well beyond our aeronautics and spaceflight missions to the field of human health,” said Glenn’s director, Jim Free, in a prepared statement. “By providing a pathway that will benefit the greater medical community, the Cleveland Clinic and the Alliance has opened a door to decades of NASA technological expertise that keeps humans safe on Earth and in space.”

As a member of the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance, NASA Glenn researchers, engineers and developers will have access to Cleveland Clinic Innovations’ resources, which will help facilitate the discovery and development of patient-benefiting technologies, Free said.

“This collaboration between some of the nation’s most respected institutions will bring great depth and breadth to our innovation mission,” added Gary Fingerhut, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. “We believe that the collaboration between NASA Glenn’s engineers and our caregivers will bring about promising ideas and technologies that can propel us into the new era of healthcare.”

SOURCE: NASA Glenn Research Center.

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