Massachusetts is a global leader in innovative healthcare technology and leads the nation in delivering medical devices, treatments and technologies. On Thursday, the Baker-Polito administration continued to cement that commitment to research and development as Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined WPI President Dr. Laurie Leshin and Ann R. Klee, Vice President of Boston Development and Operations at GE, on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to announce the administration’s latest investment in the state’s digital health sector.
WPI is launching a new medical and technology center to advance and accelerate research and development across the field that will also offer workforce development opportunities to support the thriving industry in Massachusetts.
PracticePoints at WPI, a new research and product development lab located at Gateway Park, will allow digital health care researchers to explore new medical advancements and inventions, including image-guided surgical robots, robotic diagnostic tools, smart rehabilitation devices, and home healthcare proxy devices.
“This exciting new facility will offer space for researchers to explore new opportunities and technology like never before,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “By integrating medical labs with manufacturing and testing, PracticePoint at WPI will deliver new innovations and make the Worcester region a leader in delivering the next generation of healthcare advancements and jobs.”
The Baker-Polito administration has committed significant state resources to public-private partnerships to bring together stakeholders in the academic, public and private sectors that bring together academic researchers and private-sector stakeholders and has committed a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative that will be matched by investments from both WPI ($9.5 million) and GE Healthcare Life Sciences ($2.5 million) providing capital investments and imaging equipment.
“Imagine new ways to treat inoperable tumors, new systems that allow elders to remain at home safely, or smart devices that speed rehabilitative care—these are just some of the extraordinary technologies we hope will emerge when we bring together creative engineers, scientists and clinicians to work in the novel setting that PracticePoint provides,” said Dr. Laurie Leshin, President of WPI.
Ger Brophy, General Manager at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, pointed to the company’s longstanding connection with WPI, as well as their “commitment to investment and innovation throughout Massachusetts in conjunction with the move of our headquarters to Boston.”
The research conducted at PracticePoints at WPI can help medical technologies be more precise, efficient, and accurate. The Baker-Polito administration is pleased to support and encourage the next major medical breakthroughs, and is excited about the jobs this will bring to the Commonwealth.
“Along with our administration’s existing investments in advanced materials, smart devices, data and cyber security, this new public-private research and development partnership will deliver new advancements that create jobs and improve the lives of patients across the globe,” said Governor Baker.
This is the sixth award made by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative under the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program, which makes high-impact capital grant awards in promising areas of technology innovation. Through the matching grant program, MassTech is also supporting the growth of regional emerging technology clusters in big data and cybersecurity, nanomanufactured smart sensors, printed electronics, marine robotics, and cloud computing.
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