Mayo Clinic, Delos to establish new research and design lab

Mayo Clinic and Delos have announced plans to establish the WELL Living Lab Rochester — a design and testing facility for the development of home and work environments focused on health and well-being.

"An open-innovation ecosystem for healthy living, the WELL Living Lab will simulate realistic living and working environments, including homes, offices, schools, communities and hotels in order to test, monitor and identify the efficacy of wellness-based interventions," says an announcement from Mayo.

Peter Scialla, partner and chief operating officer of Delos, was scheduled to detail the plans at Mayo's Transform symposium at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester this morning, according to Mayo.

Mayo didn't offer the exact location, the number of jobs or the cost this morning. "The only specifics I can give is it's going to be in downtown Rochester,"Mayo spokesman Brian Kilen said.

Kilen said there are a couple of potential sites under review for the laboratory, but "I don't even know what they are." He expects an announcement soon.


Delos, founded in 2007, is responsible for Wellness Real Estate, which includes the concept of "merging human and environmental sustainability to create homes, offices, schools and other built environments that optimize residents' health and enhance their quality of life."

According to Mayo, the new laboratory will research, develop and test health improvement and wellness through "evidence-based interventions."

According to Mayo, the new lab is set to debut in April 2015 and will be "adjacent to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus".

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