With a wide press coverage and the participation of the authorities, researchers and entrepreneurs, the Distrito InovaHC was inaugurated on September 12th, in an event which crowded the auditorium at the Radiology Institute (InRad) of HCFMUSP. The hub for entrepreneurship takes a place of 900 square meters, where up to 20 innovation companies can act in the development of projects for the health sector. Located in the Center of Attention to the Collaborator (Ceac), at the Hospital das Clínicas Complex, the center has a capacity of 150 people and already counts on 15 startups approved to work at the location.

The new space represents another step for the HC towards the vanguard of the health area, said professor Giovanni Guido Cerri, president of the Directors Board of the Radiology Institute (InRad) of HCFMUSP and presidents of the Innovation Committee of HC.

“On these three years of creating the InovaHC, we have been getting good results, including the medicine traceability project we are developing with ANVISA and the Polytechnic School of USP, a tremendous work and fundamental for the security of the patient. In this innovation center, we seek to identify potential products, to bring more efficiency and more precise diagnosis and almost every specialty will benefit from it”, said Cerri.

The engineer Marco Bego, Innovation Director of HC, has presented the endeavor, alongside the Distrito InovaHC executive, Gustavo Araújo. “Today, to perform innovation it is necessary to connect: the scientist to the market, the entrepreneur to the hospital, the doctor, the companies and the startups and, mainly, to connect the problems to the solutions. This is our job here”, said Bego.

“It was an honor for our company to win this public call. Our goal is to lower the costs of medical procedures, to better health access, to better the experience of our patient, the life of our doctors and of the administrative body of a hospital, for instance. Our role is to analyze all of the inefficiencies and all of the opportunities at the productive chain of health and to attack our problems with technology”, said Araújo.

The facility will also work as a telemedicine laboratory and a 4.0 hospital, able to give support and, for example, issue exam reports for several parts of the country. The technology developed into the hub, once tested and validated, will be implanted at the HCFMUSP so, afterwards, it can be commercialized in the market, said the executive.

“We will also book sessions with health companies to show them the most advanced in health technology and they can leave here with a plan on how to implement these technologies”, stated Araújo.

This model of business already exists in countries such as China, Israel, United States and European countries and it is becoming the most efficient way to connect those interested in products, services and markets. “We have 10 maintainers, which are big companies that gives support to the development of business, and a community of the Distrito itself, which supports us with mentoring and connections for the implementation of a business, increasing the access of people to technology”, said Ana Carolina Candido, Community Manager of the Distrito.

Besides Cerri, Bego and Araújo, the following were part of the inauguration ceremony: the Health Secretary of the State of São Paulo, José Henrique Germann Ferreira, who represented the State Governor, João Dória; the FMUSP director, Prof. Tarcisio Eloy Pessoa de Barros Filho; Prof. Américo Sakamoto, executive director of the State Secretary of Economic Development, representing the secretary Patrícia Ellen; Emily Schirtcliss, ministry-counselor of the British Consulate-General in São Paulo; Petra Smits, Science, Technology and Innovation Consul of the Netherlands Consulate in São Paulo; the engineer Antônio José Rodrigues Pereira, superintendent of HCFMUSP; Prof. Edivaldo Massato Utiyama, clinic vice-director of HCFMUSP; Prof. Eloisa Silva Dutra de Oliveira Bonfá, besides Prof. Fábio Biscegli Jatene, vice-president of the Director’s Board of the Heart Institute (InCor), of HCFMUSP and vice-president of the Innovation Committee of HCFMUSP.