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HackensackUMC begins research partnership with N.J. Innovation Institute

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Dr. Andrew Pecora: "HackensackUMC has been focused on research and innovation for many years." - ()

Hackensack University Medical Center became the first health care charter member of the New Jersey Innovation Institute, according to a statement from NJII.

The hospital will also have a representative on the advisory board for the Healthcare Delivery Systems Innovation Lab, or iLab.

Dr. Andrew Pecora, vice president of cancer services and chief innovations officer at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, will be working with the iLab.

“HackensackUMC has been focused on research and innovation for many years. In 2014, we had more than 700 active/open studies offering more than 1,000 patients new options in care,” Pecora said in a prepared statement.

The partnership will help with research that can be applied to medical care.

“Our medical center has always been committed to partnering with other organizations who share in our mission of developing research and technology to better care for our patients. Through this iLab, we will be able to combine our collective resources to make meaningful advances in care,” said Robert Garrett, CEO and president of Hackensack University Health Network, in a statement.

NJII, part of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will pool the resources of its various departments to help promote innovation in the industry.

“We also have the ability to set up and run HackensackUMC-specific ideation platforms with our portfolio of health care cluster incubator companies at our Enterprise Development Center to develop and pursue innovative health care programs. We will mobilize NJIT’s intellectual capital and research resources to meet the specific R&D needs of HackensackUMC,” said Donald Sebastian, president of NJII, in a statement.

Tomas Gregorio, senior executive director of health care delivery systems for NJII, said in a statement, “We are honored to have such a prominent research and teaching hospital partner with us in our efforts to develop innovative processes and programs for the healthcare industry across our region.”

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