New York City is poised to become the center of the medical device industry, as construction is about to begin for the World Product Centre on the city’s West side. The new skyscraper will be devoted to hosting startups and established players, including housing offices of numerous medtech companies, and will feature thousands of square feet of exhibition space.
The 60-story tower, set to open in 2013, will serve as a link between manufacturers and purchasers of medical equipment. Providing people with such an environment to compare and contrast competing products should lead to smarter and more cost effective decisions for their businesses.
More importantly, no doubt of course, is that Medgadget’s New York editors will have their own Disney Land just a train ride away. Maybe one day we’ll have our own spot in the building to provide more hands-on coverage of the new technology coming to market.
More details from the WPC press release:
World Product Centre facilities will include state-of-the-art permanent showrooms, conference and educational facilities, media centers and traditional office space. The building will also feature a Consumer Health Pavilion open to the general public, including students, tourists and other healthcare consumers. The Pavilion will offer guided tours, interactive forums, and a wealth of information supporting health literacy, prevention and wellness, and those considering careers in healthcare. Hewlett Packard (HP), the world’s largest technology company, is designing a vendor-neutral technology infrastructure that will, as Tom Tillar, HP Principal for WPC, describes, “support one of the smartest and technologically advanced buildings ever developed.”
Current plans call for over 120,000 square feet of education and conference space that includes a two-story, 499-seat, fully digitized auditorium. Medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare associations, and WPC itself will offer events of all kinds, including accredited professional and medical education courses.
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