Johnson & Johnson announced the grand opening of their new 25,500-square-foot Center for Device Innovation (CDI) at Houston's Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world.
The facility is equipped with 3-D printers, scanners, laser cutters and other cutting-edge technologies to help entrepreneurs develop breakthrough medical devices and innovative procedures. CDI, a collaboration among Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and TMC, will be led by Director William E. “Billy” Cohn, M.D., Vice President of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies and cardiac surgeon.
With more than 90 U.S. patents granted or pending and 60 international patents of his own , Dr. Cohn has spent more than 20 years as a medical device entrepreneur and shares his excitement about the future of medical devices, “ CDI @ TMC’s startup spirit, combined with our facility and our proximity to the Texas Medical Center, means we can innovate faster and more effectively.”
TMC cares for 10 million patients and facilitates more than 180,000 surgeries each year. Dr. Cohn adds, “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. 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.”