US-based Cleveland Clinic and Japan-based Canon Medical have forged a strategic research alliance to advance medical imaging solutions.

This collaboration aims to develop technologies for healthcare IT and imaging to enhance patient diagnosis and care.

Together, they plan to establish a comprehensive imaging research centre in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighbourhood, Ohio, sharing workspace near Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

The initiative will bring together a clinician scientists, researchers, and engineers to focus on cardiology, neurology, and musculoskeletal medicine, with projects spanning pre-clinical imaging, human imaging, and image analysis.

Cleveland Clinic CEO and president Tom Mihaljevic said: “This unique collaboration leverages Cleveland Clinic’s expertise in biomedical research and clinical care with Canon’s global leadership in imaging innovation and precision manufacturing.

“By combining our strengths, we aim to create breakthroughs in imaging and work together to rapidly translate these innovations to improve patient care.”

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The centre will be part of the Cleveland Innovation District, a $500m public-private partnership, fostering local and global research collaborations.

Canon senior managing executive officer Toshio Takiguchi said: “Under Canon’s ‘Made for Life’ philosophy, we are dedicated to improving the wellbeing of patients everywhere through our innovations in technology.

“This collaboration with Cleveland Clinic allows us to use our mutual strengths to enable a future that delivers on this promise.”

With a workforce of 77,000 globally, Cleveland Clinic operates a 6,699-bed health system, including 23 hospitals and over 275 outpatient facilities.

It serves patients from 185 countries.

Canon Medical employs around 180,000 people worldwide.

Canon’s medical business focuses on technology in diagnostic and interventional imaging, healthcare IT solutions, and in-vitro diagnostics.