First Google office in the state is coming to Rochester, deepening partnership with Mayo Clinic

Mackenzie Davis
Updated: February 18, 2021 05:27 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 12:17 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - Google is opening its first office in the state of Minnesota, and it is in Rochester.

Google and Mayo Clinic are collaborating in order to try to improve patient care and develop new tools in medicine.

"It represents a significant milestone as the partnership matures between Google and the Mayo Clinic. It also provides our first physical office space in the state of Minnesota, which we're excited to take part of," Joe Miles, healthcare & life sciences managing director at Google Cloud, said.

However, this is not a major job creator. But the collaboration gives the Google team the opportunity to work side by side with the worlds leading medical institution.

"Having this new space to facilitate our collaboration will really help us accelerate innovation and help us work toward a shared vision of a data-centric future, which we think can transform patient and care-provider experiences and reduce the cost of care," Cris Ross, CIO of Mayo Clinic, said.

But it's also good for Google because all of that Mayo medical data is moving to the Cloud.

"10 years ago, doctors and hospitals were still, most working with paper files and manila folders. That's changed over the last 10 years. Data now flows more easily and freely from caregiver one to another, so that when patients are in need, they can get answers quicker," Ross said.

Mayo Clinic thinks this will make care more personalized, more powerful, quicker and more affordable.

"The Mayo Clinic is the premier destination medical institution in the world, and we're incredibly proud of that...This is an innovative state with a talented workforce and a commitment to that ecosystem that continues to grow," Gov. Tim Walz said.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton says it's exciting for the downtown area. It's not a factory or a big tech plant, but it will help.

"Let me be the very first to officially welcome Google to Rochester," Mayor Norton said.

The office will be located downtown in the Collider Coworking office space. Google says it will officially be opening the office later this year. No specifics on hiring or employee numbers were mentioned.

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(ABC 6 News) - Google announced Thursday it would be opening its first office in the state in Rochester at the Colider Coworking building downtown.

“We are honored to host Google in our coworking space as their first Minnesota office,” said Jamie Sundsbak, Interim Executive Director of the Collider Foundation.  

“Our coworking location in the CMD building was built for innovation and we can think of no better innovative partnership than Google and Mayo Clinic. We look forward to the work that Google and Mayo Clinic are doing together to change the future of healthcare.”

The new office will give Google a physical home in Minnesota, as well as will serve its long-term strategic partnership with Mayo Clinic. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of coming together to come up with innovative ways of tackling health challenges,” said Chris Mueller, Rochester Site Lead and Software Engineer, Google Cloud.

“We are excited to officially join the Rochester community and deepen our collaboration with Mayo Clinic as we work together to transform health through technology.”

Together, Google and Mayo Clinic evaluated site locations that would allow them to work side-by-side to transform patient care. 

“Part of what drew us to partner with Google was our shared cultures of collaboration,” said Cris Ross, chief information officer of Mayo Clinic.

“While the pandemic has accelerated usage of many valuable forms of remote collaboration and virtual health services, it has also caused us to truly appreciate in-person experiences and connection. We’re excited to have this physical space designed to deepen our bond and facilitate innovation, where Google engineers will work side by side with Mayo Clinic researchers, physicians, information technology staff and data scientists, to apply advanced computing techniques to health care problems.”

The office is set to officially open in late 2021 once it is deemed safe to do so and in line with local and state COVID-19 guidelines. 


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