Johnson and Johnson (J&J) has opened the new Centre for Device Innovation at Texas Medical Centre (CDI @ TMC) in the US to develop breakthrough medical devices.
The move comes as part of the collaboration between J&J Medical Devices Companies, J&J Innovation and TMC.
To be directed by J&J Medical Devices Companies vice-president and cardiac surgeon William Cohn, the 25,500ft2 medical complex will feature a variety of amenities such as three-dimensional (3D) printers and scanners, laser cutters and a virtual reality room.
The virtual reality room is intended to enable designers to evaluate their device ideas on simulated patients in virtual operating rooms.
The devices developed at the facility will be designed to aid less invasive surgeries and deliver advanced procedures to underserved patients.
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Dr Cohn said: “The sheer number of doctors and ability to watch spine, knee or robotic surgery on any given day really dwarfs anywhere else in the country.
“CDI @ TMC’s start-up spirit, combined with our facility and our proximity to the Texas Medical Centre, means we can innovate faster and more effectively.”
Recently, J&J launched an institute with 26 education facilities and a network of online education and partnerships to offer professional education to clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.
The J&J Institute aims to help in improving outcomes, enhance patient satisfaction and minimise costs in a value-based care environment.
In addition to on-site classes, the institute will provide virtual reality and app-based surgical simulation training to address the healthcare delivery system demands across both developed and emerging markets.