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Discovery Accelerator

An Innovative Partnership: Cleveland Clinic and IBM

It takes about 17 years for a scientific discovery in a research lab to become an approved test or therapy for patients. Cleveland Clinic and IBM are partnering to close the gap.

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Education and outreach

Educating the workforce of the future is critical to the Discovery Accelerator’s success. Educational sessions will be available to Cleveland Clinic and IBM partners — and community stakeholders — on hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence programming and quantum computing.

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Quantum computing

Using quantum mechanics, new computing machines can process information in new ways, promising breakthroughs in a wide range of fields. The Discovery Accelerator uses quantum computing to answer research questions previously limited by classical computers.

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Accelerated discovery

Applying novel computing technologies across artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, quantum and classical computing for biomedical research such as drug and biomarker discovery.

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Digital health

Development and use of digital health technologies such as wearables, ambient sensors and population surveillance to facilitate health state monitoring, disease spread and individualized interventions.

Advancing the Pace of Discovery

Cleveland Clinic and IBM have entered into a 10-year partnership to establish the Discovery Accelerator — a joint center that utilizes Cleveland Clinic’s research and clinical expertise and IBM’s global leadership in computing technologies.

The goal of the partnership is to advance the pace of discovery in healthcare and life sciences by using high-performance computing — including the hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence and quantum computing technologies.

This collaboration is creating a robust research and clinical framework that will allow big data medical research in responsible, privacy preserving ways. This could lead to discoveries for patient care and new approaches to public health threats.

IBM installed the first private sector, on-site quantum computer at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. Quantum computing has the potential to put revolutionary problem-solving abilities into the hands of scientists and healthcare providers. Learn more about IBM’s work in accelerated discovery.

The Discovery Accelerator will enhance research in the new Global Center for Pathogen & Human Health Research in the fields of genomics, population health, clinical applications and drug discovery.


Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic and Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM

“We have a unique opportunity to bring the future to life. These new computing technologies can help revolutionize discovery in the life sciences. The Discovery Accelerator enables our renowned teams to build a forward-looking digital infrastructure and help transform medicine, while training the workforce of the future and potentially growing our economy.” - Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO, President and Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair of Cleveland Clinic (pictured left)

“Our collaboration with Cleveland Clinic combines their world-renowned expertise in healthcare and life sciences with IBM’s next-generation technologies to make scientific discovery faster, and the scope of that discovery larger than ever.” - Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM (pictured right)

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