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New Biodesign Hub in Los Angeles will focus on developing health care technology.

UCLA Health Earns Federal Innovation Grant

  • 2019-09-12T18:26:00.000+0000
  • Los Angeles
  • Author: UCLA

UCLA has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a regional hub for the development of medical technology and digital health tools.

The launch of the UCLA Biodesign Hub for Medical Technology and Digital Health Innovation is the first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary effort to harness the clinical strengths of the UCLA Health system, which is ranked No. 1 in California and No. 6 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The hub is part of the Innovation at UCLA Health initiative.

“Bridging the gap between medicine and technology is key to advancing patient care,” said Desert Horse-Grant, senior director of UCLA Health Research and Innovation. “The UCLA Biodesign Hub positions UCLA Health as a regional center for innovation in Southern California in partnership with technology companies."

The Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge Award of $750,000 was matched by UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, to provide $1.5 million in total funding over three years.

Leveraging the hotbed of activity in the tech center known as Silicon Beach—home to hundreds of startups in Southern California—the UCLA Biodesign Hub will collaborate with industry, starting Oct. 1, to fuel entrepreneurship and create new jobs and businesses in the life sciences field.

In 2018 alone, the life sciences industry in California generated $346 billion in economic activity and accounted for 1.3 million jobs in the state—half in Southern California, according to Biocom, an association representing the California life sciences industry.

“Los Angeles is where the world comes to innovate and create, and UCLA is a proud part of that tradition with students, teachers and staff using their knowledge to improve our world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With this prestigious award, UCLA’s Biodesign Hub will ensure Los Angeles continues to produce entrepreneurs who will lead the next wave of biotech innovation.”

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