Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College are teaming up create healthcare technologies covering wide range of health related areas from national-scale genomics to big data.
The launch of the Healthcare Technology Alliance could help grow the Health Information Technology sector in Montgomery County as well as form synergies between established industries like biotechnology and promising ones like cyber security.
In addition to Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College, the founding members of the alliance include Cisco, Cloudera, Illumina, Intel.
Lockheed Martin says the health IT a vibrant and fast growing industry with the United States spending $2.9 trillion per year on healthcare costs and 50 percent of that coming from the public sector.
"Federal health IT is a dynamic and growing sector," said Horace Blackman, vice president of Health & Life Sciences at Lockheed Martin. "Through collaboration between health IT industry and academic partners, this team will develop and refine technologies that will help guide decisions for care, diagnosis and treatment of disease while protecting critical health information."
"We are so pleased to be a part of this forward-thinking alliance; joining industry and academic research is the best way to spark innovation," said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "Together, we can do great things."