Cleveland Clinic and Canon Inc. have announced a strategic research partnership to develop innovative imaging and healthcare IT technologies. The collaboration aims to improve diagnosis, care, and outcomes for patients by leveraging the expertise of Cleveland Clinic in biomedical research and clinical care with Canon’s global leadership in medical imaging innovation. The partnership will establish a comprehensive imaging research center in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood, adjacent to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, and will focus on cardiology, neurology, and musculoskeletal medicine.
The joint research projects will have three major components: pre-clinical imaging, human imaging, and image analysis. The center will bring together a team of clinician scientists, researchers, and engineers to pioneer state-of-the-art imaging technologies. Tom Mihaljevic, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President, emphasized that the collaboration aims to create breakthroughs in imaging and innovative patient care.
The partnership will be part of the Cleveland Innovation District, a public-private partnership that facilitates research, job creation, and education. Canon’s decision to launch its U.S. healthcare subsidiary, Canon Healthcare USA, Inc., in Cleveland earlier this year was driven in part by the potential synergy with the Cleveland Innovation District. Canon is committed to improving patient well-being through its innovative technology developments, and this collaboration with Cleveland Clinic will further enable the achievement of that goal.