Doctors Will Morris and Akhil Saklecha talk with Chris Coburn, the founding executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations and chief innovation officer at Mass General Brigham

To celebrate the centennial of Cleveland Clinic’s founding, doctors Will Morris and Akhil Saklecha spoke with Chris Coburn, the founding executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations and chief innovation officer at Mass General Brigham, about the establishment of the enterprise’s commercialisation arm, the deep-seated culture of innovation at Cleveland Clinic and his efforts at Mass General Brigham.

Will Morris: Well, I think what we’d like to do is a little throwback and take us back to those founding days. There wasn’t a lot of innovation offices within hospital systems and walk us through what was the genesis, what were those barriers? And certainly now 20 years ahead, what do you reflect on doing right?

Chris Coburn: Well, thanks. I would say the genesis of innovation at the clinic really was a combination of several factors. One, you had Toby Cosgrove. Dr Cosgrove as chair of cardiac surgery, taking an ever…

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