The Sheba Medical Center came to Jersey City City Hall to explain their role in the $300 million Scitech Scity project, of which Sheba will be a primary tenant.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Sheba’s approach to healthcare focuses on incorporating innovation. For decades, we have incubated medical technologies and launched tools and processes that saved lives locally and then have gone on to have global impact,” American Friends of Sheba Medical Center Brian Abrahams said in a statement.
“We look forward to reproducing this strategy in Hudson County, New Jersey.”
SciTech Scity, scheduled to open in late 2023 or early 2024, will comprise of an eight-story business incubator with a 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference center, and a 60,000 square feet of research and development labs and workspaces.
It will also have a public magnet STEM academy school, two technologically-advanced residential housing complexes, and four acres of public space.
Edge Works plans to devote 70 percent of its space to medical innovation and medical treatments of the future.
Sheba will play a pivotal role by transforming the top floor of the building into “the hospital room of 2030” and developing other future medical technologies.
“Hudson County is the most densely populated county in the most densely populated state in the country. It also has the lowest ratio of healthcare providers to residents in New Jersey,” added Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman.
“We are thrilled to partner with Sheba Medical Center, which is committed along with LSC to changing Hudson County health outcomes.”
Liberty ARC Healthspace 2030, as the Sheba hub will be known, will be an innovation lab and simulation space, where Sheba will invite entrepreneurs, start-ups, established medical technology companies to highlight, test and explore new devices, methods and applications.
“SciTech Scity is poised to revolutionize the way we inspire and cultivate a path for future scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in an unparalleled setting that will become a sought-after destination for innovation,” noted Mayor Steven Fulop.
“We are excited to partner with Sheba and LSC on this project and we are confident all involved will further the overall goal of establishing a critical community asset that provides countless opportunities for students, residents, visitors, and beyond.”
The partnership with LSC will allow Sheba to impact and educate more than 750,000 annual LSC visitors, who will experience, hands-on, the new technologies coming out of Israel.
The project as a whole will deepen and strengthen U.S.-Israel cooperation, particularly in the medical arena as it centers around improving healthy equity throughout Hudson County.
State, county, and local officials broke ground on SciTech Scity in October, construction on Edge Works will start in 2023, and Sheba’s medical innovation center within Edge Works is slated to be fully operational by 2025.
Phase 1 of SciTech Scity, scheduled to fully open in 2025 and approved by the Jersey City Planning Board in December, will also include two technologically advanced residential housing complexes and five acres of public space.