Scanning, 3-D printing, laser cutting and virtual surgery simulation are among the features now functioning at Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC), which managing physician Dr. William “Billy” Cohn described as innovative.
The Center for Device Innovation was a collaboration between Texas Medical Center and two Johnson & Johnson companies, according to a press release. The partners have attained a space to practice state-of-the-art non-invasive surgery, plus advocate to bring services to world populations in need of upgraded medical care.
The facility falls under Dr. Cohn’s jurisdiction. Cohn is a cardiac surgeon who serves as vice president at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Cos. His company and TMC joined Johnson & Johnson Innovation to realize the project, according to the release.
Cohn, who has scores of patents for inventions, expressed satisfaction with the facility’s recent grand opening.
“It’s a beautiful space,” he said, commending the startup’s entrepreneurial energy; its high potential for scale of treatment, and convenient campus location. "Every time I walk in, I get chills. I think it is the consummate innovation maker space for medical devices. … We can think of an idea and bring it all the way through to development without having to buy a single airplane ticket. Everything is right here for us.”