Celebrating Innovation

Celebrating Innovation

An innovative culture that runs deep within the organization is a feature of which Cleveland Clinic is exceedingly proud. Guided by our enterprise mission to continue to improve the care our patients receive, innovation is happening at every clinical and administrative level. From this innovation comes ground-breaking research, inventorship and marketable technology with the power to revolutionize healthcare. Since our founding in 1921, our caregivers have displayed innovation in their care and their work, and in 2000, the enterprise bolstered its devotion to the ideal with the establishment of a dedicated commercialization arm: Innovation at Cleveland Clinic.

Celebrating Innovation each year allows us to take a deep dive into remarkable caregiver achievements in the areas of health information technology, medical device, life science and delivery solutions. Each category allows a closer look at domain experts leading the innovative charge in their respective fields. Nominations for each award explore the impact of the nominee’s idea and the efforts made to bring their science off the paper, into a lab and closer to the hands of patients.

Innovation is a journey, from initial disclosure and protection of intellect, to the ultimate licensing and commercialization of an idea. With 2020’s Celebrating Innovation Campaign, we congratulated all our caregivers who participated in this journey in 2019, and celebrated a select few for their outstanding contributions to medicine and the healthcare ecosystem:

  • Outstanding Innovation in Health Information Technology: Jay Alberts, PhD, for his emphasis on access to care and use of virtual reality technology for realistic observations in Parkinson’s disease patients.
  • Outstanding Innovation in Medical Device: Vinod Labhasetwar, PhD, for his work pushing the boundaries of nanoparticle technology and its influence in sustained, targeted drug delivery.
  • Outstanding Innovation in Therapeutics & Diagnostics: Dianne Perez, PhD, for her 30-year career with alpha-1 adrenergic receptors and their role in the development of a drug for increased cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Outstanding Innovation in Delivery Solutions: Nate Hurle & Lisa Yerian, MD, for their innovative concept of tiered daily huddles, laying a foundation for cohesive care and elevated insight enterprise-wide.
  • Young Innovator Award: Feixiong Cheng, PhD, for his work applying systems biology technology and network medicine methodologies to predict drug targets and understand mechanisms of disease, coupled with his overall research progress at a young age.
  • 2020 Hickey Innovation Impact Award: D. Geoffrey Vince, PhD, and his dynamic team for their rapid conception of a “Breathalyzer” test for quicker, less invasive diagnosis of COVID-19.
These displays of innovation by our inventors and entrepreneurs inspire and humble us each year. The passion and creativity possessed by Cleveland Clinic caregivers is like no other – only growing stronger since our founding nearly 100 years ago. To read the full “Celebrating Innovation” release, including Ventures recognition, and view congratulatory statements from our leadership, click here.

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