The Opportunity

We can disrupt health and we can do it here. There is a huge opportunity for innovators focused on solving current challenges facing the health system.

The next wave of health improvement will centre around non-health data and its relationship to health. Global health innovators are now considering the entire health value chain, including social determinants of health and health outside the acute-care system when designing novel solutions.

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What does Health Cities do?

We help create the collaborative environment to enable innovators to co-develop, validate, adopt and showcase the capabilities in our region.

The focus of Health Cities is to transform innovations from our health sector into solutions that have commercial application and global relevance. A huge opportunity for disruption in the health sector will occur in community health – addressing the issues that affect citizens’ health before it becomes chronic or acute.

We do this by:

Engaging with clinicians, innovators, philanthropic organizations, industry, academia and community to address key local health challenges (e.g. diabetes, obesity, seniors’ frailty, opioid addiction, youth mental health).

Pairing initiatives with novel capabilities from industry – including smaller local companies, large multinationals and non-traditional health companies to co-develop solutions. Since these challenges have global relevance, solutions built here can be exported globally. Our SMEs can then partner with larger multinationals to co-market their products and services internationally.

Being a trusted third party and identifying what all parties can bring to the table, including relationships, expertise, global reach, investment, innovation or policy influence. We de-risk the environment and accelerate our innovators’ solutions.

Leveraging our region’s strengths in areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, extended reality (including augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality), block chain and internet of things, and translating these platforms (such as virtual care, home health monitoring, synthetic data) into innovations in the health sector. Technologies like these will enhance the experience of the user (patients) and increase their ability to manage their own wellness.

We strive to serve as an example of how to transform health to meet the evolving needs of our populace and build a stronger economy.

Here’s what we’ve been working on lately:

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Where does Health Cities fit in the ecosystem?

We represent a hub of expertise in health and health industry that supports the broader innovation ecosystem in our region.

Health Cities relies on the programs and services in our ecosystem. Our projects and initiatives scale our SMEs to global markets, which requires our SMEs to have strong product offerings and management teams. Services and programs in our ecosystem strengthen our SMEs enabling them to be global contenders.

When Health Cities was formed, our stakeholders identified five areas of need in the health ecosystem. We are working with and rely on all our stakeholders and partners in the ecosystem (industry, service providers, funders, academia, government) to address these goals:

The Goals of Health Cities

1. Foster an innovation ecosystem
that provides an unparalleled environment for success for health innovation and industry participants
2. Become a destination of choice
for health innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers
3. Create a policy environment that accelerates the development and growth
of the health innovation continuum, from discovery to commercialization and application
4. Accelerate access to finance, capital and institutional investment
whilst removing financial barriers to growth
5. Solidify our region’s reputation
as a leading health innovation community