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Ohio State, Cleveland Clinic give patients longer, better lives

July 25, 2012

Longer, better lives for patients. That's the goal of a new partnership between Ohio State and Cleveland Clinic.

Longer, better lives for patients.

It's a goal researchers strive to achieve, and one that often seems out of reach. A new partnership between Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic brings it one step closer to reality.

The partnership aims to streamline the development of medical breakthroughs--such as devices to treat sleep apnea, methods of measuring physical activity to reduce injuries, and new medications that slow the spread of cancer--and bring them to market faster, where they'll help patients in need.

"This partnership holds enormous potential for Ohio to reshape the future of medicine," says President E. Gordon Gee.

"Working together," Gee says, "we will be able to fully realize the potential of this innovation--moving more quickly to take research out of the lab and into hospitals around the world."

Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic each have a history of leadership in medical technology and patient care. Wexner Medical Center is nationally recognized for personalized health care and cancer care, among other fields; the Cleveland Clinic performed the first face transplant in the United States.

As a team, Gee says, Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic will attract new companies and technologies to Ohio--meaning more good jobs for Ohioans.

Innovation that improves lives is a critical mission at Ohio State, central to the university's Wexner Medical Center and Office of Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer.

With seven colleges in health sciences and a unique spirit of collaboration, Ohio State brings together world-class researchers who work across disciplines to foster an environment that is ripe for discovery.

"We have thousands of researchers making breakthroughs nearly every day," says Dr. Steven Gabbe, senior vice president for health sciences at the Wexner Medical Center. "We need to take those important discoveries and translate them from the bench to the bedside."