Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Leadership Joins Mayor’s Office and Liberty Science Center to Provide Update on Transformative SciTech Scity Development

September 19, 2022

Partnership between Sheba and LSC will focus on impacting Hudson County health equity measures

Top leadership from Sheba Medical Center, named by Newsweek Magazine one of the world’s top 10 hospitals for the past four consecutive years (2019-2022), will join with Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman and Jersey City officials to provide an update on SciTech Scity, the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” being developed by Liberty Science Center on Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m., at Jersey City’s City Hall, 280 Grove St.

The focus of the update will regard the partnership between Sheba, LSC, and the City of Jersey City through which Sheba will be a primary tenant of SciTech Scity’s business optimizer innovation incubator addressing health equity locally, regionally, and nationally.
Among the Sheba delegation will be Eyal Zimlichman, Deputy Director General, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center, and Yoel Hareven, Head of Sheba Global & Resource Development.

“Sheba’s approach to healthcare focuses on incorporating innovation. For decades, we have incubated medical technologies and launched tools and processes that saved lives locally and then have gone on to have global impact,” Brian Abrahams, CEO of American Friends of Sheba Medical Center, announced. “We look forward to reproducing this strategy in Hudson County, New Jersey.”

Edge Works plans to devote 70 percvent of its space to medical innovation and medical treatments of the future. Sheba will play a pivotal role by transforming the top floor of the building into “the hospital room of 2030” and developing other future medical technologies. While Sheba’s impact is global, it will focus its efforts locally to impact health equity measures throughout Hudson County.

Paul Hoffman noted, “Hudson County is the most densely populated county in the most densely populated state in the country. It also has the lowest ratio of healthcare providers to residents in New Jersey. We are thrilled to partner with Sheba Medical Center, which is committed along with LSC to changing Hudson County health outcomes.”

Liberty ARC Healthspace 2030, as the Sheba hub will be known, will be an innovation lab and simulation space, where Sheba will invite entrepreneurs, start-ups, established medical technology companies to highlight, test and explore new devices, methods and applications. Sheba will use its cutting-edge simulation, virtual reality and augmented reality as part of the project.

“SciTech Scity is poised to revolutionize the way we inspire and cultivate a path for future scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in an unparalleled setting that will become a sought-after destination for innovation,” noted Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “We are excited to partner with Sheba and LSC on this project and we are confident all involved will further the overall goal of establishing a critical community asset that provides countless opportunities for students, residents, visitors, and beyond.

The partnership with LSC will allow Sheba to impact and educate more than 750,000 annual LSC visitors, who will experience, hands-on, the extraordinary new technologies coming out of Israel. The project as a whole will deepen and strengthen U.S.-Israel cooperation, particularly in the medical arena as it centers around improving healthy equity throughout Hudson County.

LSC broke ground on SciTech Scity in 2022. Construction on Edge Works will start in 2023. Sheba’s medical innovation center within Edge Works is slated to be fully operational by 2025.

With the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop, SciTech Scity will launch and grow world-changing science and technology companies and reimagine public school science education. It will bring together scientists, community leaders, teachers, students, and other thinkers and doers who share renowned computer scientist Alan Kay’s prescription that “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Phase 1 of SciTech Scity, scheduled to fully open in 2025, will comprise the eight-story Edge Works business optimizer incubation hub with its 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art conference center and 60,000 square feet of research and development labs and workspaces; a world-class public magnet STEM academy high school; two technologically advanced residential housing complexes; and five acres of public space.

Published September 19, 2022, Hudson Reporter

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