The Asia-Pacific Innovation Center is now the home base for new Hill-Rom teams focused on research & development projects for global applications of various Hill-Rom products. Teams in Singapore are developing projects that involve microelectronics, embedded software, and electro-mechanical systems. These projects are integral to the technical development of new Hill-Rom beds and therapy surfaces.
Abel Ang, chief technology officer for Hill-Rom said, Innovation and partnering are key levers for a successful medical technology company like Hill-Rom. That's why we saw Singapore as a perfect location. Not only does Singapore offer great technical talent, but also it provides an environment with sophisticated health care institutions and a strong government supportive of growth. As our R&D Center ramps up, we are looking to collaborate with our Asian partners to advance and test new bed technologies and business models with the intent of raising the standard of care offered to patients and caregivers worldwide.
Soderberg explained that Hill-Rom has an ongoing commitment to its home base in Indiana but also recognizes the need to leverage opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region as well as to tap into the talents and strengths of a global workforce. Singapore, with its regional reputation for advancing technology development and innovation, its similarities to North America in terms of its health care environment and its proximity to the broader Asia-Pacific region made it a natural choice.
The Hill-Rom Asia-Pacific Innovation Center in Singapore now includes 11,000 square feet of space built out as offices, research and development labs and a customer experience center. In addition to the R&D staff, this location is the home to sales and marketing staff in the region.