Global Health Innovation Campus
From 1999 to 2005, Ross Mason served as a strategic adviser to the €500 million investment in Incubation Campus Wolfsburg (ICW) in Germany. The ICW project included a €280 million venture fund that invested in 341 early-stage companies in healthcare, information technology, mobility and entertainment and helped to reduce unemployment in Wolfsburg, Germany from 17.2 percent just 6.4 percent over a decade.
In 2004, Ross moved back to Georgia to attempt to replicate the healthcare piece of the ICW model in Georgia because he believed the state was uniquely positioned to be a national and international leader in health innovation. Ross wanted to combine the drive, innovation and entrepreneurship of Silicon Valley venture capital with the compassion, love and community he experienced in an African AIDS hospital to solve the greatest challenges in state, national and global health.
In 2012, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation published “Health Care: A Road Map to Innovation”.
In 2015, Ross wrote a white paper on a Georgia Health Innovation Campus.
In 2019, HINRI partnered with the Georgia Global Health Alliance to make the dream a reality.
On Sunday February 23, 2020, this front-page article in the Sunday edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution made the first formal announcement of the project.
The Creative Destruction Lab’s Recovery Stream was launched in Atlanta in May to identify solutions to accelerate the world’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. CDL is a nonprofit organization that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies that brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors from all over the world. CDL Atlanta, hosted by Georgia Tech, was the first CDL site outside of Canada, but has now been joined by sites in Paris and Oxford University.
The Global Health Innovation District campus was publicly announced in October, 2020. It will be located in the largest office building in the City of Atlanta, Tower Square, the former AT&T Building that sits on top of the North Avenue MARTA Station.
Look for more exciting announcements soon!