Day One: Collaborative problem solving to create an ecosystem of healthier living

When the right businesses and institutions are located in proximity, they have the ability to foster collaboration and generate industry breakthroughs. At Lake Nona, in less than a decade, we have built a community on this strategy that has allowed us to bring in the right new industries to the region to fuel economic growth and job creation.

That vision was evident last night as Sandi Peterson, Global Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson announced the $18 million expansion of the corporation’s Human Performance Institute, a multidisciplinary training center and global hub for continuing research and development into science-based approaches to improve human energy capacity for performance, resilience and leadership.

Mark Britnell, Chairman & Partner, Global Health Practice of KPMG LLP explained the company is building a $400 million, 55-acre, state-of-the-art campus with 800,000 square feet of space for meeting, classroom, residential, and dining facilities to train future accountants. The campus will feature cutting-edge technology, including an innovation center that will support training and client engagement, and a heritage center to highlight the firm’s rich history and culture.

And, Dr. Mehmet Oz, founding partner of SleepScore Labs™, the company behind the most advanced non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, presented critical information to raise awareness of how sleep habits have a major impact on the overall health and productivity of U.S. workers and its effect on the economy. SleepScore has partnered with Lake Nona’s WHIT Home, the Living Lab for a Healthy Home to help change the conversation around sleep.

The best part of this discussion? During the Q&A a start-up pioneering technology to improve sleep was introduced to Carlos Nunez, MD, Chief Medical Officer, ResMed.

This is what the Lake Nona Impact Forum is all about – collaborative problem solving to create an ecosystem of healthier living.