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By Nancy Dahlberg

Member Spotlight | BRIC

What is BRIC? Boca Raton Innovation Campus, on the former site of IBM

Developer: Crocker Partners LLC, a Boca Raton-based real estate company

Website: workatbric.com (check out the events page)

Address: 4920 Conference Way North, Boca Raton

Home to: 36 companies and organizations so far, and counting

Coming soon: $28 million renovation of Amenity Corridor

 

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, IBM’s research & development campus in Boca Raton bustled with innovation.

The huge office building housed several firsts, most notably as the place where the world first personal computer was invented by Philip “Don” Estridge and his IBM team and introduced to the world in 1981.

It was also home to the first smartphone, Simon, and it was said to be the place where Bill Gates made his notorious licensing deal, licensing his operating system to IBM instead of selling it to them so he could license it to others and become Microsoft. The building itself, featuring a Y-shaped design by architect Marcel Breuer, was considered an engineering marvel for its day when it opened in 1970 and was designed to withstand a Cat-5.

That’s what made the purchase of the office complex in 2018 so special, said Giana Pacinelli, marketing director of Crocker Partners, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Boca Raton. Last April, Crocker purchased the 1.7 million square foot property, which had been expanded over the years and had changed hands a couple of times since IBM sold the property in 1996. It’s now called BRIC, the Boca Raton Innovation Campus.

Crocker has big plans for BRIC as it welcomes today’s new wave of technology innovators.

“Our goal is to take that past and bring it into the future so the campus continues to be a place where innovation happens,” said Pacinelli, adding that the giant office park is now home to 36 companies and organizations, including corporate and regional headquarters.

“We want to make it a destination, not just for the organizations that work on the campus but a destination for the entire community to enjoy, which is why we are partnering with Palm Beach Tech. We are hosting a lot of programming on campus. We have a program board of 11 community leaders that helps us put together programs. We partner with TedX Boca Raton to do speaking events on campus.”

Over the next year or so, BRIC’s Amenity Corridor will undergo a $28 million renovation. The renovated section will  include a STEAM Lab equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment. Tenants can rent it out and BRIC will also house programming there for local organizations and schools. Hungry? There will be a food hall with seven  restaurants open to the public and a 1,200-seat dining hall that can also serve as a presentation hall. Also planned is a wellness center with an onsite nurse, two coffee shops and a co-working space. “It’s exciting times for us,” Pacinelli said.

Already, there are inviting outdoor spaces to work or relax, with miles of walking and bike paths, a conference center that can seat up to 400 where events are now held and a fitness center tenants can use. With the renovation will come special studios for yoga, pilates and the like.

Health-tech company Modernizing Medicine relocated its headquarters – and its more than 800 employees – to BRIC in January. BRIC is also home to MobileHelp, MDVIP, Transunion, BlueGreen Vacations and Shoes for Crews, among others. “We are the largest single office facility in the state. … We’ve been moving very quickly,” said Pacinelli.

 “Boca Raton has been Crocker’s home for years. We helped build Mizner Park and Crocker Center – we’ve been around for over 35 years. We want to make this a special place where we can bring technology companies and jobs and really just revitalize the area. The property, when IBM housed it,  was a very closed off, very secretive space, but now we want to open it up to the community.”

By Joe Russo

FAU Business Plan Competition | April 21st

FAU College of Business is hosting the annual Business Plan Competition on Friday, April 21st

Every year the College of Business,  Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU encourages students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their innovative ideas for a chance to fund their new ventures!

Prizes:

  • 1st $10,000

  • 2nd $5,000

  • 3rd $2,500

  • Best interdisciplinary team $1,000

  • People’s Choice $1,000

In addition, the winning team will also get legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel, venture capital groups and more! Participating students will also gain valuable skills and experiences to be successful.

When? Friday, April 21st 8:45am-2:00pm                            Where? FAU College of Business, OD 101

 

The competition is open to the public but space is limited. RSVP NOW!

By Joe Russo

PBSC & Modernizing Medicine Collaborate on Campus Training Hub

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, FL  — Palm Beach State College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Modernizing Medicine to create an innovative training hub at the College’s new Loxahatchee Groves campus for students preparing for health information technology careers and medical professionals learning to use systems for digitizing and managing patient records.

The memorandum of understanding provides that Modernizing Medicine would give PBSC students training for healthcare jobs, access to its groundbreaking iPad-based electronic health record (EHR) system, modmed EMA™, and practice management system, modmed PM™. In exchange, Modernizing Medicine, which employs approximately 500 people, would have access to certain campus facilities to provide training to its customers.

Leaders from the College and Modernizing Medicine expect the relationship to be a win-win as physicians and other health care providers work to fulfill federal mandates to digitize patient medical records. Labor market data projects a boom in health information technology jobs. In Florida alone, medical records and health information technician jobs are expected to grow 17.6 percent from 2015-2023, according to the state Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.

“Our goal is to ensure that our students continue to receive quality hands-on training using the best and latest technology available so when they graduate they are prepared for the real environments in which they will work,’’ said Ava Parker, J.D., PBSC president. “This relationship with Modernizing Medicine will help us with that. It is a great opportunity for our students as well as the employers that will hire them. We want employers to feel confident that our graduates will be highly trained when they walk through their doors.”

“Modernizing Medicine is thrilled with the opportunity to work with Palm Beach State College,’’ added Dan Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “It’s vital that companies and local educational institutions work together to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s job opportunities, especially in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields.”

The first building, a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose facility, is slated for completion this fall on the 75-acre campus on Southern Boulevard west of B Road. While some classes or information sessions will be offered this fall at the new campus, a complete schedule of courses will begin in January 2017.

With health sciences and technology as the initial focus of the Loxahatchee Groves campus, the College will offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree, Health Informatics Specialist certificate, Medical Information Coder/Biller certificate and Medical Transcription technical diploma. General courses leading to the Associate in Arts degree also will be offered.

Cane, an original founder of Blackboard, established Modernizing Medicine in 2010 with Lake Worth dermatologist Dr. Michael Sherling. Modernizing Medicine initially developed a specialty-specific EHR system for dermatologists, but it expanded through the years and now offers it for seven other specialties, including ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology and rheumatology.

About Modernizing Medicine
Modernizing Medicine is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our specialty-specific, data-driven and cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) systems were built by specialty physicians and practice management professionals. Our suite of products and services is designed to transform the clinical, financial and operational aspects of dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, rheumatology and urology practices. Modernizing Medicine also offers a gastroenterology-specific Endoscopy Report Writer for ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. For more information, please visit www.modmed.com. Connect with Modernizing Medicine on our Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter Modernizing Medicine is a member of CommonWell Health Alliance.

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