A Culture of Collaboration

Midtown offers a culture of collaboration and idea sharing that leads to boundary-crossing partnerships across academic and corporate lines.

Bioscience and Medical

Georgia Tech and Emory University Collaborations

Two world-renowned intellectual and research powerhouses. One a leader in engineering and related sciences and technologies. The other a leader in medicine, bioscience, and public health. Combined, the two annually fund more than $1.2B on research, enroll 35,000 students, and award 9,500 degrees. More than two decades ago, they formed a partnership that has developed into one of the leading bioengineering and biomedical research and educational collaborative initiatives in the nation. These institutional collaborations include:

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering is a joint department, equally part of the Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. It is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all by fostering the next generation of leaders in biomedical engineering worldwide with an emphasis on translational and interdisciplinary research. It was ranked 2nd in 2012 by U.S. News and World Report among the best undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedical engineering in the nation. In addition, it hosts two National Institutes of Health Centers of Excellence in nanomedicine and is home to the only research center in the country dedicated exclusively to pediatric nanomedicine.

The Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute focuses on developing innovative models of health care that emphasize health maintenance rather than treating disease.  Using bioscience tools to measure risks in individual person’s health profiles, it seeks to identify problems before they happen and create intervention strategies to restore normal function.

Located at Emory University Midtown Hospital, the joint Center for Health Discovery and Well Being helps clients develop personalized plans aimed at optimizing individual health and happiness. The action plan, carried out with a health partner, is based on detailed health and risk assessments that give an overall picture of a person’s current health status.

The Emory/Georgia Tech Regenerative Engineering and Medicine research center integrates engineering technologies, biological discoveries, and clinical expertise and infrastructure to develop new techniques for enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself. Clinical targets include: biomaterials to control inflammation, limb repair and regeneration, therapeutic delivery, nerve regeneration, cell therapies and biomanufacturing. Combined, these efforts have the goal of establishing Georgia as a national leader in regenerative therapies.

The Health Systems Institute is an interdisciplinary initiative based at Georgia Tech and Emory that brings together the expertise of many disciplines to develop and implement novel research, education, and outreach programs that will transform healthcare delivery toward a cost-effective, pro-active, health- and wellness-focused system.

The Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute is a collaborative effort of Emory, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine to concentrate the work of scientific investigators, community clinicians, and industry collaborators in projects that translate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and help train the next generation of clinical investigators.

The Healthcare Innovation Program is an interactive network among members of the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute that provides information, resources, and community connectivity to support and enhance innovation in healthcare research, education, and service.  Key topics include quality, cost and access to health services. Partners in this work include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Health System, the American Cancer Society, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. 

The Georgia Tech Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience includes 16 research centers, almost all of which are collaborative with Emory. Among these 16 are the Center for Advanced Bioengineering for Soldier Survivability, Center for Chemical Evolution, Center for Drug Design Development & Delivery, Center for Innovative Cardiovascular Technologies, Center for Pharmaceutical Development, and the Ovarian Cancer Institute.

Additional Academic Collaborations 

Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute (SJTRI) is a medical device and therapeutics innovation center, bringing together academic and industry collaborators to advance the commercialization of modern devices and therapeutics. Its mission is to be the leading medical device and therapeutics focused pre-clinical contract research provider that facilitates translational biomedical innovations, cultivates the ingenuity and creativity of industry research with academic expertise, and assists in the development and commercialization of novel therapies and solutions.

The Georgia State / Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging is located in Midtown Atlanta. Its 3-Tesla Siemens Trio Magnetic Resonance Imaging system allows investigators to share resources for the study of brain function and structure.

The Global Center for Medical Innovation is an independent, non-profit organization that launched the Southeast’s first comprehensive medical device innovation center. It brings together core members of the medical device community, including universities, research centers, clinicians, established device and drug companies, investors, and early-stage companies, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of innovative medical technology. It was founded by Georgia Tech, The Georgia Research Alliance, Piedmont Healthcare, and the St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute.

The Emory Center for Global Safe Water is working with a coalition of colleagues at CDC, Georgia Tech, The Carter Center, and CARE to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in less-developed countries.

Pediatric Research Collaborations

Pediatric Research is being taken to new levels by Emory and Georgia Tech through strong and growing research partnerships with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Examples of these innovative research centers include:

The Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium mission is to enhance the lives of children through the development of novel pediatric medical devices which are both safe and effective. It is dedicated to bringing together expertise in pediatric care, engineering, and business to create an environment that fosters ideas and creativity, generates projects, and produces new pediatric devices.

The Center for Pediatric Innovation's mission is to develop new medical devices, techniques, technologies, therapeutics, and strategies to address challenges and unmet clinical needs in diagnosing, treating and curing diseases and conditions that affect children.

The Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine, launched in 2011 by Georgia Tech, Emory, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, along with Morehouse School of Medicine, is the first Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine in the nation. Because it can be applied to many pediatric diseases and conditions, nanomedicine has the potential to profoundly improve—if not completely revolutionize—the treatment, care and ultimate cure of many childhood diseases and conditions.

Convergence of Art and Technology

The Augmented Reality Game Studio, a partnership effort between SCAD-Atlanta, the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, and Qualcomm. This research and design center pioneers new advancements in mobile gaming and interactive media.  Located at Tech, the studio builds upon the creative and technical talents of both institutions’ students and faculty, and uses Qualcomm’s augmented reality platform and related graphics technologies to produce new application concepts and prototypes.

The Center for Music Technology focuses on developing and deploying innovative technologies that transform how we create and experience music. Its areas of focus include cutting edge advances in mobile music, machine listening, digital signal processing, robotic musicianship, interactive music manufacturing, networked music, and multimedia development. It has partnered with midtown based organizations like the Woodruff Arts Center on projects and performances.