Innovation Spaces


Name: Stephen Smith
Position: Senior Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement
Telephone: 215-955-6456

Design the Future

Innovation Spaces nurture creativity and collaboration, the two key ingredients required for innovation.

The idea of a medical student embracing design principles is quintessentially Jefferson, and definitively Philadelphian. At the Health Design Lab, our students in medicine, design, and engineering are collaborating across disciplines, building the skills to create innovative solutions in the healthcare landscape of the future.

The Vault is the official home of these creative programs. Located in the former Federal Reserve Bank building at the heart of Jefferson’s campus, the Vault—once reserved for silver and gold—now holds Jefferson’s creative capital. It’s a versatile maker space that captures Jefferson’s core value to be bold and think differently. Inside, doctors and students are using modern techniques like prototyping and 3-D printing to develop better methods of care delivery for current and future patients. They are literally designing the future of healthcare.

Philanthropic investment in the Health Design Lab provides the flexible funding necessary to launch exciting new programs, invest in next-generation technologies, and accelerate innovation for generations to come.

At Jefferson, innovation is in our DNA. For nearly 200 years, we have pushed the boundaries of “humanly possible,” exploring bold new frontiers previously unimagined. What better way to showcase our entrepreneurial spirit than to build a hub at the heart of our Center City campus dedicated solely to reimagining academic medicine.

The Jefferson Accelerator Zone (JAZ), housed in the Dominic and Michele Frederico Building, serves as “command central” for innovation activities at Jefferson, including events related to the Innovation Engagement Speaker Series, Hackathons, and the JAZ Tank Challenge. Part incubator, part accelerator, part work of art—JAZ is designed to inspire, engage, and unleash our collective creative talent, providing a flexible work space for our workforce and student body to let their ideas take flight.

JAZ was created to help unlock the innovator within us all. By supporting this one-of-a-kind space, your generosity will ensure that Jefferson remains on the leading edge of academic medicine for generations to come.

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