Surrey’s long-promised Innovation Boulevard now has a foundation which will oversee funding and implementation of the novel concept.
Former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Health Tech Innovation Foundation, which will act as both a funding arm and body for the execution of companies looking to get into the high-tech health sector in Surrey.
The foundation will be located in the “Innovation Hub” across the street from Surrey Memorial Hospital on 96 Avenue near 138 Street.
“We have companies coming in… we’re engaged with 43 companies and three multinationals,” Watts said in an interview Wednesday. “The foundation is pulling together the companies and the research projects that will assist those companies as well.”
The doors to the Innovation Hub will open in April.
The hub is part of the much larger Innovation Boulevard, which is a cluster of high-tech health industries along King George Boulevard between Surrey Memorial Hospital and Simon Fraser University Surrey.
Innovation Boulevard is a partnership between the health care sector, businesses, higher education facilities and governments that will create new health technologies to improve peoples’ lives.
For more information, visit www.healthtechfoundation.com