Minnesota-based healthcare technology firm Rion expands presence in Rochester joining One Discovery Square

One Discovery Square, the new Destination Medical Center (DMC) Discovery Square development by Mortenson, has announced the addition of Rion LLC to the building in downtown Rochester.

Rion currently has a presence in Rochester and the lease at One Discovery Square marks an exciting phase of expansion for the company. The Rion team at One Discovery Square will be focused on advancing regeneration through innovations related to its exosome biotherapeutic platform, development of novel off-the-shelf biologics technologies and biomanufacturing. By being in One Discovery Square, Rion aims to work with teams at Mayo Clinic to develop lifesaving technologies that have the potential to augment access and improve the economy of healthcare.

Rochester Leaders Travel to Germany for Climate Protection Partnership

Kevin Bright, DMC Economic Development Agency and City of Rochester Director of Energy and Sustainability, returned from a week-long trip to Germany with plenty of ideas to help Rochester improve its sustainability practices.

The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment organized the trip for government and community, policy and state agency leaders from several Minnesota cities, including Rochester, Elk River, Morris, White Bear Lake, Warren and Duluth. Each city is paired with similar partner cities across Germany; Rochester is paired with Münster. Traveling with Bright from Rochester were Mayor Kim Norton, Senator Dave Senjem, City of Rochester Sustainability Coordinator Kristi Knudson, and Katie Jones from the Center for Energy and Environment.

They spent the week learning firsthand how German cities are preparing for changes in energy and sustainability.

Rochester Organizations Launch “When in Rochester, MN” Mobile Application

Experience Rochester, Destination Medical Center and Mayo Clinic announced the launch of a new mobile app, When in Rochester, MN.” The app is the result of a unique collaboration between three organizations focused on improving the experience for community members, visitors and patients.

“The When in Rochester, MN app is exactly the type of project we love to see in the Rochester community,” said Lisa Clarke, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency executive director. “The partnership between our three organizations is what makes this app different than other apps in other cities. Our teams have taken the time to understand what our community members and visitors need while in Rochester – and developed an app for that.”

Heart of the City Community Update: Meet the Artists

Heart of the City Open House InformationOver the past 12 months, DMC and the City of Rochester have invited the community to participate in the redesign process of Peace Plaza. From integrating universal design elements to enhancing the current Peace Fountain, every inch of space has been considered down to the smallest detail. We invite you to continue to be part of the dialogue in this design process by imagining how the integration of art can transform one of our most valued public spaces. The final elements to be fit into place are the installations of four world-renowned artists whose previous works have been featured around the globe.

Eric Anderson – Rochester, MN

Ann Hamilton – Columbus, OH

Rafael Lozano-HemmerMontreal, Quebec

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle – Chicago, IL

On October 18, all four artists will be in Rochester to share their works-in-progress with the community.  DMC and the City of Rochester invite you an open house and lunch presentation at Castle Community.

DMC Brings Design Thinking Workshops to Area Communities and Universities

Ideas to Solutions in 90 Minutes

Design ThinkingThroughout this fall, Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency will be partnering with several area universities and organizations to host Design Thinking workshops for students, business representatives, entrepreneurs and community members in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Free to all participants, these workshops are part of the lead-up activities for the DMC’s Assistive Tech Challenge pitch competition.

The partnering organizations include Luther College, St. Catherine University, Houston County Economic Development Agency, Minnesota State University, Mankato, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and CoLab, Winona State University, St. Mary’s University and The Garage Cowork Space in Winona.

2019 DMC Annual Meeting focuses on opportunities, growth, future

With the newly opened One Discovery Square in the background serving as a symbol of its progress, civic and business leaders gathered outdoors Thursday, Sept. 19, for Destination Medical Center’s 2019 Annual Meeting and to celebrate the grand opening of One Discovery Square and the future Discovery Walk parkway, with a festive community celebration open to all.

Under a tent erected on a parking lot across from One Discovery Square, 400 guests enjoyed dinner and updates from a trio of key players in the DMC process. The speakers’ messages covered three broad themes: opportunity, growth and the future.

Rochester Childcare Center “Thriving” in Discovery Square


World-leading scientists and researchers aren’t the only ones contributing to the community in Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square. Families at Thrive Childcare are embracing the “live, work, play” environment envisioned for the sub-district.

Christ United Methodist Church opened Thrive Childcare as a nonprofit organization last October. The space in the church’s lower level has six classrooms with the ability to serve up to 82 children. Volunteers also run a family resource center to help families with questions they have about parenting.

Tanya Goretzki, Executive Director of Thrive, says the majority of parents who take their children to Thrive work in the downtown area. This saves them time dropping off their children in the morning. It also provides peace of mind.

“For parents being able to walk out our door and see the building that they’re working in gives them this calm, especially for our infant families,” said Goretzki. “They pop in throughout the day if they can.”

WuXi Diagnostics to open its first research facility in the U.S. in One Discovery Square in Rochester, MN

WuXi Diagnostics announced today the plan to open its first U.S.-based research and diagnostic testing development facility in Rochester, Minnesota to accelerate esoteric diagnostic product development, and bring more personalized and accurate clinical diagnosis services for global patients.

The new facility is located in One Discovery Square, a new health technology and life sciences center in Rochester. The facility is expected to open before the end of the year and will serve as a center for clinical diagnostic testing optimization and development. WuXi Diagnostics’ researchers and technicians will leverage this facility to optimize existing diagnostic tests and to collaborate in the development of new diagnostic tests with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, specifically its Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory.

Art + Design in Public Space Series: Essence of Art

The Heart of the City design team is pleased to invite you to join a panel discussion and conversation on the roles art and design play in creating vibrant public spaces.

This month’s topic will address how art in the public realm creates new dialogues around the essence of art beyond the form of art itself. Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Heart of the City curator Hesse McGraw will lead the discussion.

Early in the conceptual development of Heart of the City, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle said, “I want to put sculpture to work.” His work exemplifies the civic-scale ambition and impact of art being commissioned for Peace Plaza. During this conversation, he and McGraw will discuss his expansive view of sculpture for the public realm and the essential artistic qualities that carry through complex public projects.

During his 30-year career, Manglano-Ovalle has been internationally hailed for technologically advanced works that crystalize our most confounding political and cultural narratives into iconic, beautiful form—a thundercloud, an iceberg, Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, or a simple town well. Manglano-Ovalle’s numerous awards include a United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Foundation Award. He is noted in Rochester for his landmark 2006 survey exhibition at Rochester Art Center. See more here.

To reserve your space, register here. This event is free and open to everyone; however, space is limited.

Google to Open Rochester Office and Partner with Mayo Clinic to Accelerate Health Care Innovation

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

Mayo Clinic and Google have announced a 10-year strategic partnership that will redefine how health care is delivered and accelerate the pace of health care innovation through digital technologies.

Mayo Clinic selected Google Cloud to be the cornerstone of its digital transformation. Mayo will use advanced cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to redefine health care delivery, bringing together global providers and consumers to make health care better.

“Data-driven medical innovation is growing exponentially, and our partnership with Google will help us lead the digital transformation in health care,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “It will empower us to solve some of the most complex medical problems; better anticipate the needs of people we serve; and meet them when, where and how they need us. We will share our knowledge and expertise globally while caring for people locally and always do it with a human touch.”