The Global CoCreation Lab is an independent nonprofit high-tech concentrator incubated in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and launched in partnership with Miami Dade County. We bridge academic research, civic leadership, healthcare services, and business through a community-based model of externalized innovation to cocreate health innovation-driven enterprises and to help develop more equitable economic and human progress.

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our call to act

A moral imperative for urgency

Societies that fail to invest in medical research and development, innovation, and entrepreneurship risk losing their long-term economic and public resilience. We have a moral imperative to collaborate with communities to accelerate the pace of medical innovation and introduce transformational technologies to society at faster rates. We take a socially responsible view on disruptive innovation, accounting for the human factor behind new technologies, and for those that become disrupted.
 
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Project spotlights

The Wellness Home Integrator, AwareMe, and Itineris AI exemplify our cocreation method for health technology innovation.

See our project portfolio

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Wellness Home Integrator

Miamians look forward to longer lifespans with each generation, but also risk the costs and challenges of managing chronic disease. The Wellness Home Integrator envisions the home as a setting that enables excellent health management while protecting its inhabitants privacy and self-determination.

Project Lead
Steve DeSandis, MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Project CoCreators
Related Urban, Miami Dade County

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AccurePCI

AccurePCI will use clinically-driven results to help healthcare professionals personalize life-saving treatments for each person in Miami-Dade’s diverse community. For example, 30% of people are carriers of a hepatic drug-processing gene that results in the majority stenting treatment failures, over $2B of preventable medical expenses, and avoidable deaths; people of Latin American ancestry are disproportionately vulnerable to heart disease and have higher than expected mortality rates. A collaboration of leading medical centers and technology companies on this challenge will develop an innovation ecosystem around personalized medicine in Miami-Dade County.

Project CoCreators
Cipherome

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AwareMe

Miami-Dade County is home to the largest percentage of people with serious mental illness of America's urban areas. Underprivileged communities face great barriers to care access, and the stresses of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting everyone. In partnership with Albizu University and the Third Mission Institute, AwareMe’s team is designing a system of digital phenotyping through common personal devices to identify early symptoms of loss of mental wellness, and also understand the relationship between cardiac diseases and mental health.

Project Lead
Irene Bravo, PhD, Albizu University

Project CoCreators
Albizu University, Third Mission Institute

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Itineris AI

Digital mobile ubiquity, algorithmic analysis of clinical information, contextual consumer data, and smart rules will power the digital augmentation of well-established clinical care pathways. Itineris acts as a digital therapeutics platform and will take form of a Patient Engagement Decision Support System or “Intelligent Assistant” that efficiently manages simultaneous data feeds according to the patient state and their predicted future states to provide the right action, at the right time, for the right person, interconnecting multiple parties to a single care plan, over time.

Project Leads
Alejandro Roman, MBA 
Christian Bazarian, MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Project CoCreators
Jackson Health System

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Orbit

AI-based solution to predict, upon a patient’s admission, the predicted acuity, levels of care, and interventions throughout the length of stay in the hospital, to prepare and assign resources of care in an optimal manner, and document accordingly to avoid instances of payment denials.

Project CoCreators
Jackson Health System


COVID-19

Making Miami safer for everyone

As the virus mutates and periodically presents new threats, the GCL has reaffirmed healthcare security and community healthcare resiliency organic parts of its mission. Healthcare security is ultimately local, and communities that do not develop their own defenses remain vulnerable to inevitable epidemics in a globally interconnected world. Miami is a global city, as such overexposed to these global threats, which are compounded by natural events like hurricanes, and by mosquito-borne diseases.

The Global CoCreation Lab has partnered with Safe Paths, a global organization started at MIT, that provides tracking and tracing technology to help jurisdictions reopen safely, augmenting the value of traditional tracers. It is a project led by Mayor Carlos Gimenez and supported by the GCL, MIT, Apple, Google, Mayo Clinic and others. Given Miami’s demographic profile and geostrategic positioning—a mirror for the rest of the world—this collaboration is on a path to be the model of public-private community leadership against COVID-19.
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Our goals For Miami

Building new core strengths

The GCL is a community-focused organization that acts as an external innovation partner for health and medicine.
About us


Develop knowledge, skills, motivations, and attitudes for healthcare technology innovation and entrepreneurship


Grow externalized innovation


Cultivate specialized demand and sophisticated capital


Concentrate healthcare innovation enterprises

Growing our knowledge economy

Miami’s health tech concentrator

The Global Co-Creation Lab orchestrates research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship activities, within a precompetitive environment. It works with the public and the private sectors for the co-creation of breakthrough technologies and innovation-driven enterprises that solve problems of importance for Miami. These solutions can have global impact, and contribute to the creation of a network effect.
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Precompetitive Consortium

CoCreation for mutual benefit

The Latin etymology for competition, competere, has roots in two words: com (come together, agree upon) and petere (to strive for, seek). At the Global CoCreation Lab, we strive to realize this meaning in a broad and inclusive way, to accelerate innovation with community and industry stakeholders in strategic partnership.
CoCreation partners:

  • Provide project teams with a low cost environment to test scientific and market hypotheses.
  • Can create early traction for projects and prototypes
  • Can become seed investors, since they have participated in de-risking activities

New member

GCL x UN

We're excited to announce we've teamed up with the United Nations Association Miami Chapter for community-focused projects within the UN's Strategic Development Goals framework.
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Thinking forward

Girls Teaching Girls

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, as students everywhere found their education and lives interrupted, an international community of girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) was born. Today, their growing collaboration is helping to connect today's and tomorrow's STEAM leaders to reach and inspire girls everywhere.
See Girls Teaching Girls

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