As Westchester’s health tech and biotech hub continues to grow, the Westchester County Association is turning its focus on making sure it has the educated workforce high tech, scientific industries require. To that end, Marissa Brett, president of the Westchester County Association, announced today that the WCA has begun a feasibility study to determine the viability of attracting an engineering school to the County.
Completed over a decade ago, the $3 billion Human Genome Project gave the world a complete map of the entire genetic makeup of a human being. The Project started researchers on the path to genomic medicine—which reaches beyond the study of single genes to understanding how a person’s thousands of genes interact with each other and the genetic environment. Knowledge of a person’s genomic profile can help doctors make decisions about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. With the cost of sequencing becoming affordable, individualized medicine may soon become routine. We asked Aris Baras, an international expert on the subject and a keynote speaker at Health Tech ’15, to tell us more about what genomic sequencing could mean for the future of healthcare.
Westchester is home to a $15 billion healthcare industry which generates thousands of jobs, but here’s the surprise: more and more of these jobs are in IT, and they are as fast-paced and cutting edge as jobs in Silicon Alley.
The Westchester County Association’s first Health Tech conference in 2014 was a game-changer. For the first time, key players in health tech, biotech, med tech, venture capital, real estate, and healthcare were in the same room. The result? Westchester County is now one of the nation’s leading hubs of healthcare, health tech, and biotech innovation.
In 2011, a desperate middle-aged Bosnian man, homebound and unable to work because of the debilitating pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, participated in a clinical trial in Europe where an implant stimulated his nervous system to reduce the “Inflammatory Reflex” — the physiological response that causes inflammation and excruciating pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Within weeks – a miracle, or so it seemed—he was able to play with his kids and even hit some balls on the tennis court.