Mayo Clinic partners with IT company Leidos

Mayo Clinic has teamed up with Fortune 500 company Leidos in a strategic collaboration to develop and market tools, technologies and therapeutics to engage patients and families in their care.

Leidos, based in Reston, Virginia, is an information technology, engineering and science solutions and services company with 32,000 employees. Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s top hospital systems and well known for its partnership strategy.

The two organizations plan to build an accelerator on Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, within its life science incubator campus, which was established to advance new ideas and products from the research lab. The accelerator will use Ledios’ integration solutions and applied public health applications.

“The shared values and deep passion for transforming healthcare make this collaboration a powerful force for the advancement of innovative methods and quick translation of these solutions across the health care ecosystem,” Jon Scholl, Leidos Health group president, said in a statement. “The clinical knowledge of the Mayo Clinic combined with our technical expertise has the potential to truly transform the quality of healthcare in the future.”

The collaboration is the latest partnership from Mayo Clinic. The organization announced a three-year strategic alliance last year with a virtual reality developer to create joint surgical VR simulations and educational products.

“We look forward to combining the power of our two organizations that will help us advance new solutions to solve the most complex healthcare challenges,” Kent Thielen, MD, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in the announcement. “Working together will allow us to spark a vibrant ecosystem to bring innovation to the direct benefit of patients more quickly.”