Discussions began in 2014 among the leadership of Toshiba Medical and Johns Hopkins University to expand research in medical imaging and big data analysis applicable to ongoing research at the University. Close coordination between Johns Hopkins and Toshiba leadership led to a ceremony held in Baltimore in 2015 to conclude the agreement. The ceremony included the Japanese tradition during which eyes are painted onto a Darumi figure to signify the vision for the alliance.
Dr. Joao Lima, professor of medicine, radiology and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will lead the collaboration for Johns Hopkins.
Helen Montag, Senior Director for Business Development & Corporate Partnerships for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures played a key role in attracting Toshiba to East Baltimore. “Establishing industry relationships that expand research opportunities for faculty is a top priority at Johns Hopkins,” says Montag. “We look forward to working with Toshiba in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins.”
Hisashi Tachizaki, Vice President and General Manager of Center for Medical Research and Development of Toshiba Medical, who helped the collaborative research agreement that includes Toshiba Medical’s multi-million dollar investment to be located in 1812 Ashland Avenue says, “This opportunity in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins is based on a long-standing relationship that we are enthusiastic about continuing.”