Ascend is a collaborative innovation center with a purpose to improve life by forging commercially viable human health solutions.
Ascend Innovations™ is a new venture between the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) and Kaleidoscope with a focus on combining purpose driven design and state of the art technology to develop an ecosystem that produces commercially viable solutions in human health innovation.
Specifically, Ascend is a cross-functional product design and development team made up of clinicians, researchers, industrial designers, engineers and business analysts focused on constantly redefining what is humanly possible.
Learn about opportunities to improve healthcare practices and identify desirable solutions to the most pressing problems.
Investigate the viability of selected concepts by diving deeper into the business opportunity
Forge concepts into feasible products and solutions
Transition the best concepts into sustainable ventures
How did Ascend come into existence?
The board of the GDAHA was interested in exploring innovation and collaborating with AFRL. This desire led to conversations with Kaleidoscope and it was determined a partnership could deliver tremendous value. Thus, Ascend was created.
Who is Kaleidoscope?
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Kaleidoscope is an innovation and product design firm. By focusing on improving life for people, we create products and experiences that grow businesses from our expertise in consumer insights, technology and health and wellness.
Can I submit an innovative idea to Ascend?
Yes! In addition to working with our partner health systems, Ascend accepts ideas from the public. Please use the contact us form to submit your idea.
When will Ascend launch a product?
While there is no set deadline for the launch of the first product, Ascend is in the midst of establishing an innovation pipeline designed to rapidly produce human health innovation.
Who is GDAHA?
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) is a member service organization for 28 hospitals that have an $8.1 billion economic impact and directly employ 34,497 individuals in the Greater Dayton region.
What is Ascend’s relationship with AFRL?
Ascend operates in close collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratories, to use military research technology to help produce human health innovation.
Dayton provides one of the most unique locations in the country, where strong healthcare, national defense, research and technology sectors come together. With Dayton’s rich history of innovation, it provides the prime location for Ascend to grow.
What is the process that Ascend will follow to realize breakthroughs?
By identifying our health care partners’ challenges, Ascend will design and develop emerging technology and independent insights—producing commercially viable human health innovation.
Why focus on human health innovation?
Just as aviation’s pioneers transformed human life a century ago, breakthroughs in human health will change the world in this century. Ascend represents the next generation of global pioneers.
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