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Discovery Square Biolab (Mortenson) 1st Building

PlanScape Impact(s): Economic Development ; STEM ; Technology Enablement
Last modified: June 28, 2017 Public Report From Discovery Square One



June PB Reporting


Mayo Clinic describes these focus areas as:

• Biomedical Technology: "Here, work will concentrate on developing innovative ways to apply technologies. Initially focused on ultrasound, the design of the space will enable other modalities and engineering technologies, as needed. A true science incubator, the space will enable interaction with industry partners to jointly enhance and develop new uses for biomedical devices."

• Advanced Manufacturing of Regenerative Products: "This area will focus on creating products that can be used for therapeutic treatment, particularly products for regenerative therapies. The space will enable the development and potentially the production of these new therapies."

• Advanced Diagnostics Center: "Mayo will use this space to collaborate with outside groups on new medical tests that can better diagnose disease. Scientists will use genomics and other tools to focus on conditions that don’t yet have clinical diagnostic tests and develop better tests for those that do."





April Med City Beat Reporting

A 60,000+ square foot, "state-of-the-art research and development complex" will be constructed on the corner of 4th Street SW and 2nd Avenue SW. The site, which is now used for surface parking, is a block south of Mayo Clinic's Guggenheim Building.

The building aims to serve as a catalyst for Discovery Square, a 16-block area on the south end of downtown that Mayo and local officials want to develop as a life science research campus.

The mixed-use building will be "highly transparent, open and welcoming," according to a presentation given to the DMC Corporation Board. While Mayo will be a tenant, the goal is to also house startups looking for the opportunity to collaborate.




PlanScape Impact(s): Economic Development ; STEM ; Technology Enablement
Last modified: June 28, 2017 Public Report From Discovery Square One

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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