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Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) is a collaboration of Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Summa Health System, The University of Akron and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ABIA is focused on patient-centered innovation and commercialization at the intersection of biomaterials and medicine, with the goal of pioneering life-enhancing and life-saving innovation that will transform Akron into a model for biomedical discovery and enterprise.
ABIA consists of interrelated centers designed to accelerate translational research to biomedical commercialization, as well as improve access, education, prevention, treatment and disease management. Education initiatives--such as the Women's Entrepreneurship Program, the BEST Medicine engineering fair and the high school-geared BioInnovation Academy--are central to ABIA's mission.
Last year, ABIA moved into a six-story building in downtown Akron and opened a 30,000-square-foot simulation center to help train medical professionals and students.
"Akron, Ohio, is the ideal locale for the first large collaboration of national leaders to advance medical innovation. The city, which once was known as the "Rubber Capital," has made strides during the past five years to become a major center of life science innovation and commercialization.” – Dr. Frank Douglas, CEO, Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (Source)