Home' Nonahood News : NONA 030116 Contents THE GUIDEWELL INNOVATION CENTER:
NEW HEALTH CARE IMAGINED
The GuideWell Innovation Center is set to make its debut at this year’s Lake Nona
Impact Forum. GuideWell, a health solutions company focused on next-step inno-
vations and lowering costs, will pair its experience tackling health care challenges
with an impressive combined incubator, lab and research space to help grow new
companies and bring new ideas to market.
The three-story complex located in Medical City is designed to make collaboration
and innovation happen. The goal is to attract and develop top talent and impact-
ful ideas with 92,000 square feet of resources and support. The space includes a
15,000-square-foot incubator with wet lab, 3D printers and digital prototyping
systems, nutrition lab, and Innovation Theater developed specifically for the needs
of health innovation, research and technology companies.
GuideWell is imagined as a collaborative place, bringing together top minds for regular summits and attracting businesses looking to be a part
of the imaginative work being done across Lake Nona Medical City. Among the center’s many goals are to transform delivery of care, improve
consumer engagement, support digital health into our lives, evolve healthcare financing, and promote overall wellness and human performance.
Attracting and cultivating top talent and ideas is the first step toward a sustainable, more efficient, more engaged healthcare system. The Guide-
Well Innovation Center sees that goal as within reach, but it will take great vision, superior resources and a little collaboration to get there.
Dr. Chris Hillier
BOBBY WESLEY, LAKE NONA CONTRIBUTOR
Dr. Chris Hillier is a man about town... specifically, a man about Lake Nona.
The Laureate Park resident and Scotland native serves as Chief Operating Of-
ficer at GuideWell Innovation, LLC, which will open the GuideWell Innovation
Center this month, and is heavily invested in the health focus of our community.
A distinguished researcher and technology entrepreneur, Dr. Hillier sat down to
talk about life at Lake Nona, his passion for the Lake Nona Life Project, and his
excitement for future health technology breakthroughs happening right now.
Part of GuideWell’s stated goal is to move
health care forward through innovation.
That’s an ambitious goal for such a huge
We can’t afford to stand still. The country is chang-
ing very rapidly, and health issues are central to that.
Whether close to the industry or not, everyone has
their own ideas and opinions about the health sys-
tem. What we want to do is capture those feelings,
capture what people want, and what the solutions
could be. Ask what would make their lives easier and
then bring those solutions to the market.
Everyone in our community, whether they’re a
resident or work here, has an interest in the health
industry. We’re all looking for ways to be healthier. So
if we can do that, we’re doing what we want to do.
Where does GuideWell fit into that conversa-
We saw what was happening with Medical City
and knew we needed to have a physical presence
here in Orlando. We wanted to provide a physical
space where organizations could all come together.
Somewhere our neighbors could come and engage in
a space and a platform that was built specifically for
their needs. Innovations could be anything from start-
ing a company to doing a bit of research. We think we
can take those thoughts, feelings and opinions public
and take them to the endpoint of the market.
To engage in GuideWell, to be a member, you just
need to be an individual or a company with an idea
about improving health.
Where do you see companies that come to
GuideWell making an impact?
Education. One of our big efforts is educating the
community, whether that’s industry, residents, gov-
ernment officials, or anyone interested in health care.
We know there are serious misunderstandings and
issues and that people have strong opinions. What’s
available that could solve those problems? What new
research is being done that we can share with people?
We want to bring forward solutions and curate events
here that will share it across the world.
Next would be research. Often we know the ques-
tion really well and the types of answers we want, but
how do we do that? Right now we’re partnered with
Lake Nona Institute, Johnson & Johnson, the Lake
Nona Life Project, Delos and the Intelligent Home,
among others. By generating new data and asking
questions in a systematic way, we can get the answers.
But consumer engagement is key. How do you take
that data and help people take ideas to the market-
place? How do you ensure it can be used by people
and companies? It’s commercialization, but by that
we mean support anyone with a good idea, inventors
or those who drive innovation personally, because we
just want to see solutions come to the marketplace.
You’re also passionate about the health life-
style at Lake Nona and are a big supporter
of the Lake Nona Life Project. Why is that so
We’re building this amazing community in terms
of a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize it we have to
understand what it takes to be a healthy community. I
live here, so it’s very important to me that what we’re
doing has an impact. But nationally, we’re already
seen as leaders.
The Lake Nona Life Project is large in scale and
concept. I believe it will be an international phenom-
enon. What is intended is to address key questions
that come up again and again and how they affect
quality of life and community health. How do we
sleep? How do we engage better as human beings? All
the difficult questions, we’re able to look at under this
thing called the Life Project.
We have great partners, like Harvard, great in-
dustrial support from forward-looking companies
like Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions
and real buy-in from the community. I’m passionate
about what the Life Project can achieve, but really
we can only answer them in a community like Lake
Nona where everyone has bought into it.
This is an opportunity for ongoing research that
we can look back into our own community. It’s a per-
fect place to then use that information on new solu-
tions. We can then implement them here, measure
how they worked and then bring them back to the
community. It’s an unbelievable opportunity, and I
believe it’s going to be a great success.
And we hope the Innovation Center will be uti-
lized in both community events and be an active part
of this research.
You can learn more about the GuideWell Inno-
vation Center by visiting: GuideWellInnovation.com
11 MARCH 2016
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