In terms of healthcare innovation hubs, cities such as San Francisco, Boston, Chicago or NYC typically come to mind but rarely does Seattle break into the top 5 names in the list. Why not? Seattle (and Portland) has access to world-class academic institutions, top tier human capital talent and major powerhouses in the technology industry. The 2014 Rock Health Funding Report shows surprising news that Portland-based Cambia Health was becoming a major player in digital health investment. Having access to financial capital definitely helps to fuel the healthcare startup community.
As part of Health Innovator’s 2015 initiative, we plan to analyze and understand how certain cities became healthcare innovation hubs and determine how to help Seattle become a health innovation center as well. Our goal is not to imitate what other cities have done but to understand how they got there and also figure out what Seattle’s unique formula for becoming a healthcare innovation hub.
Therefore, in our next few series of blog articles, we plan to benchmark other cities’ resources and determine what contributed to their healthcare innovation hub status and then map out the current Seattle resources. After our series of analyses, we will recommend a concrete strategy and action plan of how to help Seattle become a healthcare innovation hub.
We need all members of the Seattle health community to join us to put Seattle on the map as a healthcare innovation hub. Our belief is that this is not a solo task but instead we should rally everyone in the community (e.g. students in life sciences, government sponsors, big corporations and healthcare entrepreneurs). Please join us and make 2015 the year that we push healthcare to the forefront of Seattle’s attention.
Angela Hong is a healthcare entrepreneur and a Boston transplant to Seattle. She recently joined the Health Innovators Meetup and is excited to help Seattle become a healthcare innovation hub.