In a recent Nature article, Thomas R. Insel, shares what he has learned from his transition from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director to co-founder of the startup Mindstrong Health. In the column, Insel details the quickly growing health tech industry and how tech companies and academia can work together to advance technology.

After watching junior faculty and postdocs put aside traditional academia and launch careers in Silicon Valley, Insel said, “These companies have transformed the worlds of information, entertainment and commerce. But by moving into health care, they face some formidable challenges. In my view, solving them will require deep partnerships between technology companies, clinical experts, patient advocates and academic scientists.”

These partnerships are precisely what the Technion-Cornell Health Tech program seeks to enable by integrating deep technical training alongside broad exposure to the healthcare ecosystem.