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Cleveland Clinic and its partners Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s, have established the National Center for Accelerated Innovation (NCAI), a center that will significantly increase the generation of new, patient benefiting products related to priority targets set by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The mission of the Center is to use unique public-private partnerships, access to capital markets and early engagement of regulatory agencies to eliminate gaps and bottlenecks in the earliest stages of the commercialization process – thereby accelerating the translation of NHLBI-supported discoveries and technologies into new products. Streamlining the commercialization process will enable the member institutions’ large pool of nascent heart, lung, blood, and sleep technologies to be more quickly and reliably commercially deployed to the benefit of patients and global public health.