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Rochester positions itself as a hub of medical startups



Rochester positions itself as a hub of medical startups

It might seem audacious for a Minnesota town of 100,000 people to try to become “the Silicon Valley of medicine,” but Rochester has a major ace in its sleeve: the giant Mayo Clinic.

The clinic is the state’s largest employer, but it has difficulty finding talent and skilled workers. Mayo, the city and the state of Minnesota will invest $6.5 billion in Discovery Square, a downtown tech park it hopes will attract medical startups.

Mayo recently reversed policy to let employees own or manage outside companies; a business accelerator helps employees develop products.

But watch out Rochester: here comes Cleveland. That city’s Medical Capital Innovation Challenge will award $100,000 in prizes in April.

Photo credit: James Neeley

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