New BioInnovation Institute headquarters nearing completion in downtown Akron

A partnership that is shaping Akron’s economic future soon will move into its new home in the heart of the city.

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron is finalizing its new headquarters, located in the bottom three floors and the basement of the old Summit County Job & Family Services building at 47 N. Main St.

The $12.8 million renovation is expected to be complete by May, with a grand opening following in June, said Dr. Michael Holder, the BioInnovation Institute’s director of the Center for Simulation and Integrated Healthcare Education.

Leaders from the BioInnovation Institute’s partners gathered on Friday to tour the nearly completed project.

“When you look around the state of Ohio, there’s not going to be anything like this,” Holder said.

The BioInnovation Institute is a partnership among Akron’s three health systems, the University of Akron and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The initiative pulls together the university’s polymer science research knowledge, the medical college’s musculoskeletal and research expertise and the three hospitals’ strengths in orthopedics and other clinical areas.

The goal is to use the region’s research strengths to create startup companies that bring jobs to the community.

The new headquarters will feature a state-of-the-art simulation center, which will allow health-care professionals and students to train in a mock operating room, intensive-care unit and obstetrical unit settings. A realistic ambulance bay and decontamination area will allow emergency-medical responders to prepare for disaster situations.


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